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Oregano Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

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Is Oregano Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/8 tsp
SPECIES: Origanum vulgare
FAMILY: Lamiaceae

Biocharacteristics of Oregano

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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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HOT

ABOUT HOT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Hot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Vata pacifying
AGGRAVATES
Pitta aggravating
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Subtaste:
Aromatic

AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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Family: Lamiaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Oregano
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Carminative

STRONG CARMINATIVE

Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward. Carminatives typically expel gas by relaxing the muscles of the intestines.

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Digestive

DIGESTIVE

Herbs that encourage healthy digestion.

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Spleen Tonic

SPLEEN-TONIC

An herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.

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Burns Toxins

BURNS-TOXINS

An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Analgesic

ANALGESIC

Pain reliever, reduces pain without eliminating sensation. Also known as anodyne.

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Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Antimicrobial

STRONG ANTIMICROBIAL

An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.

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Antibacterial

ANTIBACTERIAL

Herbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.

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Antifungal

ANTIFUNGAL

Herbs that destroy fungus.

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Cardiac Stimulant

CARDIAC-STIMULANT

Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.

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Vasodilator

STRONG VASODILATOR

A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.

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Anti Prolactin

ANTI-PROLACTIN

Reduces prolactin, a female hormone that suppresses the uterus, fertility, menstruation.

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Foods with a Similar Nature to Oregano

Cloves

Cloves has these Actions in Common

Spleen-tonic, Antifungal, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Nervine, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Digestive

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Mustard

Mustard has these Actions in Common

Digestive, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins

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Mint

Mint has these Actions in Common

Antifungal, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Anti-prolactin, Carminative, Nervine

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Allspice

Allspice has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Carminative, Nervine, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic

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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has these Actions in Common

Antifungal, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Spleen-tonic, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Digestive

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Rosemary

Rosemary has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Digestive, Spleen-tonic, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antifungal, Cardiac-stimulant, Nervine

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Mustard Powder

Mustard Powder has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Spleen-tonic, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Vasodilator

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Turmeric

Turmeric has these Actions in Common

Spleen-tonic, Analgesic, Antimicrobial, Digestive, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Burns-toxins, Internal-detoxicant, Antifungal, Carminative

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Ajwain

Ajwain has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Carminative, Nervine, Burns-toxins, Digestive, Spleen-tonic

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Caraway Seeds

Caraway Seeds has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Spleen-tonic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Oregano

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz

Thyme White Essential Oil - 1/3 oz has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Spleen-tonic, Anti-prolactin, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial

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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common

Internal-detoxicant, Spleen-tonic, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive

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Dong Quai

Dong Quai has these Actions in Common

Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Anti-prolactin

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Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)

Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common

Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine

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Yogaraj Guggulu

Yogaraj Guggulu has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Analgesic

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Yarrow

Yarrow has these Actions in Common

Analgesic, Anti-prolactin, Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

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Ginkgo

Ginkgo has these Actions in Common

Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Antibacterial

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Trikatu

Trikatu has these Actions in Common

Burns-toxins, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator

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Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil has these Actions in Common

Antifungal, Antimicrobial, Nervine, Vasodilator, Analgesic, Antibacterial

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Kushta

Kushta has these Actions in Common

Carminative, Digestive, Internal-detoxicant, Vasodilator, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial

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Hyssop Powder

Hyssop Powder has these Actions in Common

Antimicrobial, Cardiac-stimulant, Carminative, Internal-detoxicant, Nervine, Vasodilator

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Oregano may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

CONTRAINDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Oregano may be harmful or contraindicated for these symptoms. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?

Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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