Pharmacist - Formulist
Expert in phytotherapy
# origanum vulgare
Who is it?
You will say that you already know him, you will object that there is no need for an introduction because the identity of this herbal superhero is not new to you at all. But perhaps this is not the case and in invoking him to help your dog or cat, you could be drawn in year by his twin, with lesser powers.
When you walk through the aisles of the supermarket and arrive in its presence, be careful to distinguish them. Under the same botanical name of oregano, you could find marjoram (Origanum majorana) and not oregano par excellence (Origanum vulgare), much more loaded with carvacrol and therefore more effective in its power, whose essential oil is present in our foods .
Antiseptic and anti-fermentative, with anti-parasitic properties against internal parasites, oregano is the champion of the intestine, having the core of its strength in carvacrol, an active ingredient with antibiotic actions. The MIC index (minimum inhibitory concentration), which in this case you could consider as the minimum of superpowers needed to drive out the enemy, measured a very high antibiotic efficacy of oregano, even higher than powerful classes such as quinolones or colistin.
Oregano rushes in cases of neonatal diarrhea and profuse diarrhea, breaking down the pathogenic bacterial flora developed inside the intestine due to intestinal dysbiosis, which can also arise from nutrition.
It also acts as an antispasmodic in cases of vomiting and has a digestive function, which has always been linked to the Mediterranean diet, in the company of garlic, as an aromatic plant used in the preparation.
Now, when you look at your legume soup, you will recognize him for the hero he is.
Where to find it
Directly from southern Italy and Greece, where it is most titled thanks to an ideal combination of soil and climate, oregano ends its journey in defense of dogs and cats directly in Forza10 Intestinal Active and in the wet Actiwet version.
The enterprises of oregano in history have been surrounded by legend, fading into the mythical. According to Saint Hildegard, in fact, it was enough to eat oregano, but even just touch it, to contract leprosy. At the same time, however, it was able to heal those affected.
At the basis of this reasoning is the homeopathic concept of similia similibus curantur, according to which a substance that causes a symptom, if administered diluted, can cure it.
According to Aristotle, every time a tortoise, driven by a great hunger, ate a snake, it was forced to eat oregano immediately afterwards, in order not to die.
In the past it was also used against depression and its popular name has therefore become "Grass of good humor".