The many benefits of Oregano Oil include anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic properties. In addition, the oil provides a boost to the immune system, helping individuals rid colds and flu as well as protect from infection. These healing properties has made oregano oil a part of many get well gifts.
Oil of Oregano, origanum vulgare, is derived from wild oregano plants that grow in the Mediterranean. It should not be confused with common culinary Oregano, origanum marjoram that does not possess the healing properties of wild Oregano.
The volatile oil of Wild Oregano contains two phenol compounds responsible for its medicinal applications: carvacrol and thymol. Phenols possess powerful antiseptic and anti bacterial properties, but in high concentrations, can be counterintuitive. Carvacol is a strong antiseptic that works on mucous membranes, including that of the urinary tract and bladder; too much can cause irritation of mucosal membranes. Thymol is a naturally occurring anti-fungal and antibiotic that shows no germ resistance.
Wild Oregano also contains many valuable vitamins, minerals and nutrients such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Potassium, Boron, Manganese, certain B Vitamins as well as A & C.
Whether taken internally, applied topically or inhaled Oregano Oil always needs to be diluted in edible oil such as olive (preferable), flaxseed, palm, hemp seed or coconut oil, at least four parts oil per one-part Oregano. The essential oil is too strong to be taken internally and must be properly diluted to be safe and effective. If the Oil of Oregano is too strong, the body may be unable to digest; it can be acutely unpalatable and potentially hazardous.
Wild Oregano is one of the most powerful immune boosters, an impressive anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal agent and possesses anti-inflammatory and analgesic abilities; it can treat powerful germs that cause staph infections and E.coli as well as more common ailments such as:
- Antibacterial and Anti-Microbial
- Colds, Coughs and Sore Throats
- Upper Respiratory Infections
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Montezuma’s Revenge
- Yeast Infections
- Athlete’s Foot
- Nail Fungus
- Rheumatoid Conditions
- Chronic Muscle and Joint Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sports Injuries
- Back Pain
As an anti-viral, Oregano Oil can fight against the flu as well as other viral diseases such as Hepatitis and Herpes.
In addition, Oregano oil can also help with allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, digestion and skin irritations such as rashes, insect bites and warts and boils.
Taking Oil of Oregano, in conjunction with drinking plenty of water, eating healthy foods and sleeping well, can be an effective prophylactic against colds, flu and other viruses. In addition, taking at the first sign of feeling sick may give your immune system enough of a charge to ward off possible infections.
Oil of Oregano can also improve dental hygiene as it destroys plaque-causing bacteria and reduces risks for gum disease. It can be added to mouthwash or toothpaste.
Oregano can also be used as an anti-septic to sterilize cuts, minor wounds and abrasions.
This highly potent spice herb should be taken under the guidance of a qualified professional.
Phenols, known for powerful healing properties, in cases of prolonged use and/or high doses, can potentially damage the liver and kidney. In addition, wild Oregano can negatively affect iron absorption in certain individuals, causing anemia.
Pregnant women should not use Oregano Oil.
Wild Oregano is contradicted in persons with known allergies to basil, mint, sage, thyme and other member of the mint family.
Oregano Oil is a powerful herb with many applications. Individuals should take under the guidance of an alternative healthcare specialist and always properly dilute with oil. When taken appropriately, Oregano can boost the immune system and fight off colds and flu, treat respiratory and urinary tract infections, help with digestion and dental hygiene and provide pain relief.