Oregano is a treat for your tastebuds, but did you know that the herb also offers tons of health benefits? Back in ancient Greece and Rome, people began using oregano to treat health problems, and now we have the scientific research to back up its benefits.

We’ve listed six health and beauty benefits that you may not expect from the flavor-packed herb, as well as from its oil.

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ANTIBACTERIAL

Oregano oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of the herb. According to Mark’s Daily Apple, you can find this product in many specialty and health food shops because of its bacteria-fighting benefits. Oils thymol and carvacrol are both present in oregano and contain antibacterial properties.

BOOSTS ENERGY

Oregano contains a ton of vitamins and minerals — including A, C, E, K, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. Organic Facts reported that these nutrients improve the function of the body’s metabolism, while iron increases circulation; together, they increase your energy levels.

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MENSTRUAL REGULATION

The Global Healing Center reported that oregano oil may actually help support regular menstruation in women and protect against negative side effects of menopause.

PROTECTS AGAINST CANCER

A 2013 study found that components in oregano may help slow down or prevent the progression of cancer in patients with carcinoma of the breast.

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HELPS SKIN CONDITIONS

Oregano oil can soothe and cure itches and skin infections. StyleCraze suggests mixing one drop of this oil with some olive or coconut oil.

BUG REPELLANT

A natural oil in oregano is called carvacrol, which is an insect repeller, a ccording to the Huffington Post. It can be applied to furniture to keep bugs away, or applied to skin before extensive time outdoors.

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