Oregano oil is an herb that not only enhances your food but also contains a wide range of health benefits and medicinal uses. Oregano oil comes from the leaves and flowers of oregano plants and are loaded with phenols, which are natural compounds with beneficial antioxidants.
The most beneficial oil is produced from wild oregano (or Origanum) native to the Mediterranean region. We’re not talking about oregano oils sold in grocery stores, as only oregano oil made from Origanum vulgare and Thymus capitatus have therapeutic value.
Oregano oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties and nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, boron, and niacin.
Here are a few of the many benefits of oregano oil. They can be found in supplements, topical ointments and essential oils. Your doctor or herbalist can guide you in the many methods oregano oil can be used.
Oregano essential oil contains rosmarinic acid, a natural antihistamine that can help reduce swelling and is effective in treating allergic reactions.
COLD AND FLU
The carvacrol and thymol in oregano oil naturally fight bacteria and act as an anti-inflammatory to alleviate congestion and relieve sinus blockages. It’s also great for a sore throat gargle and expectorant to thin mucus. It can also help kill the norovirus, which can lead to the stomach flu.
Oregano oil can help relieve the pain caused by an ear infection with its natural anti-inflammatory properties and fights bacterial infections, blocked sinuses, allergies, swollen adenoid glands.
Oregano oil is effective against several strains of bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, the microbes notoriously responsible for causing food poisoning. It also helps with the release of bile and gastric juices that help to digest your food.
Oregano oil’s anti-inflammatory powers fight eczema, acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and skin infections. It’s also an excellent at preventing wrinkles.
Oregano oil is great for treating Candida and yeast infections. It’s also an alternative to chemically-toxic drugs that are often used to treat these infections.
FUNGUS, VIRAL AND OTHER INVADERS
Not pleasant to think about, but oregano essential oil can work on fungal infections, especially nail fungus Athlete’s foot. It’s also great for fighting a virus called the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) that causes warts, herpes and cold sores. It does so by breaking down the cell membranes and attacking the virus itself. Oregano oil is also excellent for killing parasites and fighting parasitic infections
JOINT AND MUSCLE PAIN
Oregano essential oil can go deep into the joints to help relieve pain and inflammation to help increase mobility. It can help with arthritis, muscle cramps, aching muscles, carpal tunnel syndrome and muscular injuries.
Oregano oil is a natural emenagogue that helps to stimulate menstrual flow. It can also help to delay the onset of menopause and symptoms such as hormonal and mood imbalances. It should be noted that pregnant women need to avoid oregano oil since it can prematurely induce contractions in the uterus.
Add oregano oil to your shampoo for use as a natural anti-fungal to fight yeast and fungal infections, including dandruff.
Oregano oil contains thymol, which is the active ingredient used in over the counter mouthwashes that fight bad breath, plaque and gingivitis.
The carvacrol and thymol in oregano oil can be highly effective in repelling mosquitoes.
Oregano oil helps fight bacterial and viral infections better than other natural remedies such as Echinacea. It can help prevent most issues from happening in the first place.
When you are looking for essential oils make sure they are unfiltered and undiluted, 100% pure and have the name of the species mentioned on the label and are free of toxins, chemicals and GMO’s.