Oil of Oregano
What is Oil of Oregano?
The Oil of Oregano that is used in our products is from the Mediterranean and is wild picked and processed. Wild Mediterranean grown oregano absorbs the minerals from the surrounding rocks and soils and is what gives the Oil of Oregano its beneficial properties. It is important not to confuse Oil of Oregano with common oregano that is used as a spice for cooking or related herbs such as thyme and marjoram that are often labeled as oregano. These herbs possess little of wild oregano’s miraculous healing properties. Common oregano is typically Origanum Marjoram, while Oil of Oregano is derived from Origanum Vulgare.
The significant health benefits are only attainable if you are using the right herb. The carvacrol content should be at least 70%. The Oil of Oregano should be processed without chemicals using a steam distillation. It should be diluted with first pressed extra virgin olive oil. Taking 100% of the oil, without dilution, can be harmful in some instances.
How does Oil of Oregano work?
The two key compounds found in Oil of Oregano are carvacrol and thymol. Studies have shown that both of these compounds have significant effects on harmful microorganisms that cause many illnesses. Isomeric phenols (primarily carvacrol) in oregano oil in dilutions as low as 1/50,000 destroys Candida albicans, the Aspergillus mold, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter, Klebsiella, E.coli, Giardia, Pseudomonas, and Proteus. Another phenol constituent, thymol, boosts the immune system. These compounds also act as free radical scavengers (shield against toxins) thus preventing further tissue damage while encouraging healing. Wild, crude, mountain-grown oregano (from the Mediterranean) is the only kind that is naturally rich in ‘carvacrols, flavonoids, and terpenes’, which give the oregano its tremendous strength. Carvacrol is a natural phenol that contains powerful anti-microbial activity. Flavonoids provide natural antiseptic properties, and Terpenes (long chain hydrocarbons) are natural anti-inflammatory agents.
What are the Benefits of Oil of Oregano?
The ancient Greeks were one of the first people to recognize oregano oil for its health benefits and medicinal qualities. It is known to be potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections. Its volatile oils are highly active against the majority of pathogenic bacteria, including staph, strep, and E.coli. Furthermore, fungal resistance to oregano oil is exceptionally rare. Oregano is such a potent antifungal agent that it is capable of destroying even resistant fungal forms such as the mutated fungi which result from antibiotic therapy.
Oil of oregano is a potent germ killer. Jean Valnet, in his book The “Practice of Aromatherapy”, describes how oil of oregano superseded anti-inflammatory drugs in reversing pain and inflammation and is nearly as powerful as morphine as a painkiller. The oil also possesses significant antioxidant power. Furthermore, it stimulates the flow of bile, which greatly aids digestion. Dr Ingram Cass, author of The Cure is in the Cupboard describes the history and many uses of Oil of Oregano. This is a must have book in your first-aid cabinet.
How to use Oil of Oregano?
Oil of Oregano can be used for just about anything. It is truly natures “miracle” herb. It can be used both topically and internally. There are no known side effects and it is compatible with any other natural remedy or prescription drug. People on blood thinning drugs should take notice as Oil of Oregano does have blood thinning properties and should consult your physician before taking Oil of Oregano. We don’t know how much thinning of the blood it does to know whether Oil of Oregano could be used instead of blood thinning drugs. This is a discussion to be had with your physician.
What are the Side Effects of Oil of Oregano?
While Oil of Oregano has many benefits, there are a few possible side effects:
- Oregano oil may reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron. Therefore, it is recommended that any regular use be combined with regular consumption of iron supplements. For this reason, pregnant women are advised not to take Oil of Oregano regularly.
- People that have allergies to thyme, basil, mint, or sage may be sensitive to Oil of Oregano as well, since they are in the same family of plants. If any skin irritation, rashes, or vomiting occurs when using it, it is recommended that you discontinue use and consult your doctor.
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