Oregano was first used by the Greeks. In their mythology the goddess Aphrodite invented the spice. Giving it to man to make his life happier. The word “oregano” is actually derived from the Greek phrase, “joy of the mountains”. Just married couples were crowned with wreaths of it. It was also put on graves to give peace to departed spirits. Ancient Greek physicians discovered that the herb had beneficial effects and prescribed it for a variety of ailments. Hippocrates used it as well as its close cousin, marjoram as an antiseptic.

Oregano is an excellent source of fiber and the vitamins A (which maintains the immune system and vision), C, E (antioxidant power for cell protection) and K (to keep the blood from clotting).

Since methane has more than 20 times the potency of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and cows produce their share with about 5.5 million metric tons of methane per year, scientists have been trying to figure out how to reduce methane emissions from livestock. Vaccines, breeding, and antibiotics were tried to no avail.  After six years of concentrating on the conundrum, an assistant professor of dairy nutrition at Penn State found oregano to be the most effective methane suppressant. Using oregano even increased milk production.

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