Health Benefits of Oregano Oil
The research is clear: Oregano essential oil is a potent oil which is antiseptic and kills parasites, viruses, bacteria and fungus.
- Inhaled, it is believed to be beneficial for respiratory conditions that are bacterial or viral in nature.
- It also contains analgesic properties and works as an expectorant.
- Oregano is a good effective sedative. Tests have shown that it is one of the most effective oils to relax brain waves.
- It is a calm relaxing oil that can ease muscle spasms, stiff joints, coughing, indigestion and menstrual cramps.
- It has been used as a traditional remedy for digestive upsets, respiratory problems (asthma, bronchitis, coughs, etc.) colds, and flu as well as for inflammations of the mouth and throat.
- In China it is also used to treat fever, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice and itchy skin conditions.
- The (diluted) oil has been used externally in herbal medicine for headaches, rheumatism, general aches and pains, and applied to stings and bites.
- Used as a fragrance component in soaps, colognes and perfumes, especially a mans fragrance.
Analgestic, anaphrodesiac, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, cordial, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive, laxative, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary. There are so many benefits to this organic herb. The Greeks knew of its healing and health maintenance qualities thousands of years ago.
Immune Stimulant: As an immune system booster, oregano is unparalleled in the plant kingdom. It is many times stronger than echinacea or goldenseal. A couple of drops daily are enough to supercharge your immune system, which is your first and most powerful defense against disease.
Antibiotic and Antiseptic: Tooth and gum infections respond quickly to oregano oil, due to its powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties. The oil is applied directly to the gums and teeth. Regular treatment will vastly improve oral health and hygiene. Many people suffering from a variety of chronic infections have seen them disappear quickly after using the oil internally and externally.
Antiviral: Oregano oil has been used very successfully in treating viral conditions, such as colds, flu, shingles, herpes and warts. The fact that wild oregano oil can stop a cold or flu if taken at the first sign of symptoms is indicative of its amazing powers.
Antifungal: The aggressive antifungal properties of oregano oil work effectively against stubborn fungal infections such as candida and nail fungus. Mix a few drops with shampoo to get rid of dandruff or seborrhea, which are caused by fungal infection of the scalp. Take some to the locker room to eradicate athlete´s foot.
Although there is a combined effect of the many compounds found in oregano oil, its effectiveness is largely attributed to its primary ingredient, a phenol named carvacrol. When lab tested, carvacrol was found to be one of the most potent antibiotics known to science. In tests done at Georgetown University, it was found to be more effective than penicillin, streptomycin and even vancomycin (considered to be the strongest of all antibiotics). Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, oregano oil does not create resistant strains of mutant bacteria. It is able to naturally and effectively eliminate any pathogen that is unfortunate enough to cross its path.
Warning: Do not use if pregnant. See a naturopath or physician for use in children under 12.
Oil of Oregano Uses: Fight Super Bacteria, Prevent Cancer
Lisa Garber, Waking Times
We already know that there are numerous amazing oregano oil benefits to be experienced with the consumption of this amazing food, but that doesn’t stop researchers from finding more. Researchers from the University of Arizona have published new findings that carvacrol, a phenol of oregano oil, inactivates dangerous microbes and contaminants at levels that may positively impact large-scale food preparation and safety. Not only is oregano oil a potent antibacterial agent, UA food microbiologist Sadhana Ravishankar discovered, it also exhibits antioxidant and antimicrobial properties when applied to food. This paves way for countless oil of oregano uses so that anyone can experience the benefits it has to offer.
Oregano Oil Could Replace Bleach in Food Preparation
When Ravishankar and her team applied oregano oil to ground beef, they found that carvacrol prevented the formation of 78 percent of heterocyclic amines—cancer-causing molecules that result when animal fat is cooked at high temperatures. In another study, it was found that oregano oil fights both Salmonella and E. coli. Combined, the studies show that the applications of oregano oil are innumerable, and Ravishankar believes industrial-scale food preparation could be among them. Oil of oregano could, in time, replace irradiation, bleaching, and other chemical and unnatural methods to clean animal products and food.
More Oil of Oregano Uses: Oregano Oil as an Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Microbial
Further adding to oil of oregano uses, Georgetown University Medical Center scientists have even claimed that oregano oil may be effective enough of a microbial agent to replace many pharmaceuticals that treat the colon, liver, and digestive system. This is good news for people suffering from Candida albicans, a yeast that plagues the guts of millions worldwide and can result in everything from weariness and cravings to, in extreme cases, morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. In one study, patients who were hosts to parasites took oregano oil for six consecutive weeks; an impressive 77 percent of them came out of the study parasite-free.
Other Oregano Oil Uses
Carvacrol is also responsible for oregano oil’s ability to reduce obesity and weight gain. It reduces inflammation—a major cause of obesity due to adipose tissue—which makes it another helpful tool to help treat arthritis.
Oil of oregano uses aren’t limited to applying to steak before grilling or starving pesky Candida. You can put several drops under your tongue and swish with colloidal silver and warm salt water if you have a toothache or an infection in your mouth. It can also be used in home remedies for sinus infection.