If you are at all familiar with natural health and healing, you have probably already heard of oregano oil. Created from the perennial herb oregano and infused with extremely high levels of free-radical-crushing antioxidants, oregano oil has a number of uses that have been shown to be extraordinarily beneficial to the health of you and your family.
In fact, a growing body of research is continually providing further information that confirms the therapeutic effect of oregano oil on the body. In particular, there has been done a large degree of study on the unique bacteria and fungus fighting properties of oregano oil – even by major pharmaceutical companies.
Made possible by the activity of carvacol and thymol within the healing oil, a prominent review published in the 2008 journal “Current Pharmaceutical Design” describes oregano compounds as both a natural analgesic (pain reliever) and anti-inflammatory. These miraculous properties are among the many associated with the use of oregano oil.
What are the Top 10 Uses for Oregano Oil?
1. Fight Infection
The science regarding the ability of oregano oil to conquer infections is very clear, showing a very powerful effectiveness against candida albicans, aspergillus mold, vaginal infections, staff infections, and more. One study straight from the United States Department of Agriculture even reported that oregano oil presented such a strong antimicrobial effect that it could easily fight Salmonella and E. coli.
In a telling statement, another prominent study from the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center also verified these findings:
“New, safe antimicrobial agents are needed to … overcome severe bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Based on our previous experience and that of others, we postulated that herbal essential oils, such as those of origanum (oregano oil)…offer such possibilities.”
2. Protection Against Harmful Organisms
If you’ve ever consumed undercooked meat, non-purified water, or faced the daily routine that most of us endure in the United States and elsewhere, a number of unwanted and harmful organisms are likely to be currently residing inside of your body. Thankfully, oregano oil has been shown to be highly useful when it comes to removing these organisms.
One study in particular, which examined the relationship between oregano oil intake and parasites within the body through a 6 week study, is worthy of note. In the study, those taking 600 mg of oregano oil daily were recorded to have a complete disappearance of parasites within the body. The usage of oregano oil can be an essential tool in the fight against a variety of parasites both within and outside of the body. These include tape worms, bed bugs, lice, fleas, mosquitoes, and round worms.
3. Source of Essential Nutrients
Struggling to get an optimum amount of vitamins and essential minerals each day? Oregano oil is loaded with vital minerals like magnesium and zinc as well as a host of vitamins such as C and E. An added bonus to the multiple uses of oregano oil, the oil can actually function as a source of essential nutrients when used on a routine basis. Oregano oil is sufficiently high in zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium copper, manganese, and niacin. When considering the severe deficiencies of these substances that are so prevalent today, it’s easy to see why this is such a necessity.
4. Digestive Aid
Your overall health will revolve around the health of your gut and colon. Without proper digestion, food will begin to compact and actually rot within the lengthy 25 to 30 feet of the digestive tract. While I highly recommend using an oxygen-based colon cleanser to clean out the pounds of compacted fecal matter from the digestive tract, another key factor to consider here is stopping the build up in the first place. Oregano oil is known to specifically stimulate the flow of bile into the digestive organs, enhancing the digestive process and helping to sustain your biological systems that help to determine your overall state of health.
5. Menstrual Aid
Irregular, painful periods along with negative menopause effects are among one of the most commonly reported issues facing women today. One of the best responses to this is oregano oil, which can actually help aid in correcting irregular menstruation as well as protecting against negative menopause attributes. For women, this is a substantial bonus to the already lengthy list of uses and effects.
6. Fight Aging
Perhaps the hottest health trend of the past few years is the science of combatting aging. Oregano oil can help to slow down the process of cellular deterioration, and as a result can impact the rate at which negative aging effects occur. The large number of antioxidants found in oregano oil can also aid in the protection against age-related issues like eye disease, muscle degeneration, and numerous nervous-system disorders.
7. Allergy Support
Those suffering from allergies will find the soothing and therapeutic properties of oregano oil in regards to allergic reactions to be highly appealing. Oregano oil can produce sedating effect on the hyper-sensitivty of allergies, which ultimately leads to a real relief for those with allergy concerns. Instead of harsh medications with a long list of side effects, oregano oil can offer a serious natural alternative when it comes to curtailing the drastic effects associated with allergic reactions.
8. Weight Loss
Despite its reputation as a natural immune booster, oregano oil also packs a punch against unwanted body fat. As demonstrated by a recent study that focused on the fat burning capabilities of oregano oil, the active ingredient in oregano oil known as carvacrol can actually modulate genes and reduce inflammation in white adipose tissue.
When fed a fattening diet, mice not given carvacrol quickly became obese. In contract, mice given as low as 0.1 percent carvacrol gained significantly less weight and even had lower levels of cholesterol and trigylcerides in their blood.
9. Pain Relief
Painful conditions such as arthritis, backaches, or carpal tunnel can wreak havoc on your daily lifestyle. Without proper response, the issue can even become more prevalent – let alone dangerous. Oil of oregano can be used topically to go deep inside the skin and help to assist in relieving the pain that stems from many of these issues.
Simply create a 50/50 mixture of organic oregano oil and organic olive oil and apply the mixture topically to the affected area for relief. Those suffering from sore muscles, sports injuries, fibromyalgia, and backaches may also reap these benefits.
10. Combat the Cold
Coming down with a case of the common cold or even the seasonal flu can be a major detriment to your way of life. Olive oil can help to add a layer of protection to your immunity when used appropriately. If you feel a cold coming on, try placing 3-6 drops into an empty capsule and take 2-3 times daily before meals. Continue this regiment for 5-10 days.
In addition, you can help to stop the cold before it starts by taking the recommended dosage of organic oregano oil at 1 capsule full of 3-6 drops.
Always remember that the quality of the oregano oil you are purchasing does matter. Organic oregano is much different than the traditional oregano oil you may find at your local grocery or drug food store. Organic oregano is an excellent addition to any emergency medical kit, beauty aid (when dilluted with water), and general wellness ingredient.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM