Oregano Oil: One of the Most Powerful Oils on the Planet

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You might only think of oregano as something you put in your spaghetti sauce or other Italian foods, but oregano is a very powerful herb that has unique and multiple healing properties. Oregano has more than eight times the antioxidants of apples and three times as much as the often touted blueberries. The more antioxidants you put into your body, the better, as antioxidants improve our immune system and fight against free radicals, the little agents of premature aging and disease. This makes oregano and oregano oil one of the most powerful plant based oils in the world.

Oregano has a long history. The Greeks named it oregano, which means “joy of the mountains.” You know anything with a name like that has got to be some good stuff! The Greeks were also the first to use oregano oil for medicinal purposes and Hippocrates often used it in his medical practice.

When searching for oregano oil, you should be aware that not all types of oregano oil are created equal. There are two kinds, Mediterranean oregano and Mexican oregano. Mexican oregano is not as strong and not as sweet. Most people prefer Mediterranean oregano oil, most of which is grown in Spain. Also be sure that the carvacrol concentration of your oil is a minimum of 70 percent. Carvacrol is the active ingredient in oregano oil so you want to be sure you are getting the most of what you are paying for.

Almost everyone would be willing to take just about anything if we thought it would keep us healthy, free from diseases, flu viruses, and other types of illnesses. There are plenty of internet sites selling all kinds of “cure all’s” but oregano oil just might be the wave of the future when it comes to a one size fits all cure all. Take a look at all the benefits and the healing power of oregano oil.

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1.  Super Antibacterial and Antifungal

Thymol and the aforementioned carvacrol are the two main phytochemicals found in oregano. These are both powerful antimicrobials. Research shows that oregano oil can even kill the superbug MRSA, and the foodborne pathogen Listeria4. Some studies show that oregano oil can also fight certain species of the fungus Candida.

 

2. Anti-Viral Compounds

Oregano oil is a great way to fight upper respiratory infections such as the ones from the cold or flu. It’s a potent anti-viral and making a spray that has essential oils from oregano can significantly relieve the symptoms of respiratory problems almost immediately. Oregano also encourages sweating, which is a terrific means of detox, so eating some oregano or oregano oil might also help you expel excess mucus from your lungs. Read more about top 10 natural anti-viral compounds.

 

3.  Cancer Fighter

Oregano oil has been shown to kill cancer cells and stop the growth of colon cancer cells. Carnosol is a phytochemical in oregano, and it has been tested and evaluated for its cancer fighting abilities with skin, breast, prostate, colon cancer, as well as leukemia.

 

4.  Natural Insect Repellent

Oregano oil is simply loaded with tons of healthy compounds, and one of them, carvacrol is also a natural insect repellent. You will also find carvacrol in thyme and mint. Put a few drops of oregano oil on your patio furniture and in some candles to repel insects naturally. You can also make a spray with some water and oregano oil and use it on your skin as a natural bug repellent.

 

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5.  Supports Health Skin

Oregano oil is terrific for common skin issues such as muscle aches, toenail fungus, dandruff, joint pain, and cold sores. Since it is so very strong, you should dilute it with a carrier oil such as grapeseed, jojoba, sweet almond, or olive oil. Use one ounce of a good quality carrier oil and 12 drops of oregano oil. Some people claim that oregano oil can effectively treat psoriasis, however there is no published research on this subject as of this time.

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6. High in Antioxidants

Oregano oil contains a strong antioxidant called rosmarinic acid, which provides powerful immune system support. Oregano has one of the highest antioxidant activity ratings you can find.

 

7. Anti-Inflammatory Compounds

Beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP), is a substance that oregano oil contains that is known to inhibit inflammation in the body. It can also help stop metabolic syndrome, osteoporosis, and arteriosclerosis.

 

8. Antiseptic Power

Oregano oil also contains strong phenols called thymol and carvacrol, along with pinene and terpinene. These are strong antiseptic compounds which have healing properties. With all these germ fighting abilities, you might want to start thinking of oregano oil as Mother Nature’s antibiotic!

 

9. Supports Digestive Health

Since oregano oil has such strong antiviral and antibacterial compounds, it’s terrific for fighting those stomach bugs that seem to come around every now and then. One study showed that oregano oil might even fight parasite infections.

 

10. Headache Killer

When you have a killer headache, try the natural headache killer, oregano oil. Although there are no published studies in this area, many people report almost instant relief from both smelling oregano oil as well as from rubbing some directly on the affected area.  Others say that nothing kills an earache faster than a few drops of oregano oil placed directly in the ear. Find out more natural remedies for headache.

There are a few more things you should know about oregano oil. First off, it’s meant for short term use only. If oregano oil does not solve your problem after about 10 days, discontinue use.

It also tastes pretty awful; no matter how much you love Greek food or oregano, it’s much stronger in oil form, so be prepared.

Also, because it is so strong, oregano oil is not for everyone.  Don’t give oregano oil to infants, children, pregnant women, or nursing mothers. You should also avoid oregano oil if you have hypertension or heart issues.

 Sources:

Alive.com

Wikihow.com

World’s Healthiest Foods, Oregano

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J. Agric. Food Chem., 2005, 53 (21), pp 8162–8168