Cold and Flu : Go For More Oregano

The best ways to use herbs for their health benefits:

Oregano, the well known herb that gives pizza its familiar flavor, contains powerful nutritional and health benefits.

Oregano, literally translated as 'joy of the mountain' in ancient Greek, contains the active ingredient rosamarinic acid, which has strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties. One study found the herb effective against Helicobacter pylori, the stomach bacteria that causes ulcers.

Oregano is also used to soothe sore throats, headaches and coughs.

HOW TO USE IT: Sprinkle dried oregano on to pizzas and other dishes. Oregano oil -- diluted at least 50 per cent with olive oil -- can be applied to the skin for it's antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities to ward off conditions such as MRSA and ringworm.