Without a doubt, oregano oil is one of the best natural supplements you can get. It’s produced from the perennial herb oregano and loaded with free-radical-crushing antioxidants. A growing body of research has shown that oregano oil offers many positive health benefits and is one of the most potent natural remedies in existence. In particular, there has been a significant evaluation of its effects against harmful organisms; investigations even been made by major pharmaceutical companies. Let’s take a look at why there’s so much interest in oregano oil and its 14 best uses.
What Are the Top 15 Uses for Oregano Oil?
- Immune System Support
- Protection Against Harmful Organisms
- Promotes a Balanced Mood
- Digestive Aid
- Supports Graceful Aging
- Allergy Support
- Weight Loss
- Eases Discomfort
- May Help You Feel Better When You Have a Cold
- Calms Lip Blemishes
- Helps with Food Preservation
- Promotes Intestinal Balance
- Encourages Normal Yeast Balance
- Supports Liver Health
- Acts As a Powerful Antioxidant
1. Immune System Support
There’s a lot of evidence to show that oregano oil is a powerful tool for the immune system, especially when it encounters outside invaders. One study straight from the United States Department of Agriculture reported that oregano oil has such a strong action against germs that it could easily defeat Salmonella.
These findings were echoed by researchers at the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center who said, “New, safe agents are needed to…overcome harmful organisms… 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 consumed undercooked meat or impure water, or other risky actions, harmful organisms are likely to be residing inside of your body. Thankfully, oregano oil is shown to be extremely useful for getting rid of these unwanted invaders. One study examined the relationship between oregano oil and certain harmful organisms in stool and found that taking 600 mg of oregano oil daily prompted their complete disappearance.
3. Promotes a Balanced Mood
Studies have found that some compounds in oregano oil, including carvacrol, thymol, and terpinene may positively influence the nervous system and mind. Aromatherapy with oregano oil seems to promote a healthy mood, reduce stress, and inhibit emotional abnormalities.
4. Digestive Aid
I've said it a million times — health begins in the gut! Good digestion is absolutely necessary to experience good health. While I recommend using an oxygen-based colon cleanser to clean out your digestive tract, stopping the build-up in the first place needs to be part of the plan, and oregano oil can help. Oregano oil is known to stimulate the flow of bile into the digestive organs, enhancing the digestive process.
5. Supports Graceful Aging
Perhaps the hottest health trend of the past few years is the science of combating aging. It’s important to understand that aging is largely affected by oxidation and free radicals, which is why antioxidants are so effective. Oregano oil offers a huge amount of antioxidants that can aid in the defense against these free radical aging-accelerators.[7, 8]
6. Allergy Support
If you suffer from allergies and environmental sensitivities, the soothing properties of oregano oil are appealing. Oregano oil — and particularly the carvacrol, rosmarinic acid, and thymol oils it contains — can produce a soothing effect on redness and swelling associated with allergies, which ultimately encourages relief. For those wishing to avoid harsh medications, oregano oil may be a natural alternative for curtailing the undesirable effects associated with environmental sensitivities.
7. Weight Loss
In addition to its reputation as a natural immune booster, oregano oil also packs a punch against unwanted body fat. Its main active ingredient, carvacrol, is thought to modulate genes and reduce irritation in white adipose tissue. In one study, when fed a high-fat diet, mice not given carvacrol quickly became obese. In contrast, mice given carvacrol gained significantly less weight and even had lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood.
8. Eases Discomfort
Aches and stiffness can wreak havoc and negatively impact your quality of life. While studies on topical application are limited, research has shown oregano has analgesic or pain-relieving properties in animal studies.[10, 11] I use oil of oregano topically and feel like it goes deep inside my skin to relieve sore joints and muscle discomfort. Simply add a few drops of organic oregano oil to a carrier oil, like organic olive oil and apply topically to the affected area for relief. If you suffer from sore muscles, sports injuries, and backaches, this is one benefit you'll appreciate.
9. May Help You Feel Better When You Have a Cold
Oregano oil isn't a cure for the cold, but it can help you feel better. It may reduce the discomfort of your cold symptoms. The essential oil can help promote easy breathing, calm a cough, and soothe a sore throat, especially when used in combination with other essential oils like eucalyptus, rosemary, and mint. When I start to feel under the weather, I place 3 to 6 drops into an empty capsule and take 2 to 3 times daily before meals. A 5 to 10-day regimen can work wonders.
10. Calms Lip Blemishes
Many people apply oregano oil to lip blemishes with the belief it will help soothe the area and accelerate healing time. Research is ongoing to pinpoint the validity of this use. Carvacrol may promote resistance against the harmful organisms that cause lip blemishes.
11. Helps With Food Preservation
Spices and herbs, like oregano, have a long history of food preservation and safety. Many types of food, especially raw meat, are a haven for harmful bacteria. Oregano oil may help resist harmful organisms. Studies show that essential oils, including oregano, halt the spread of organisms in spoiled fruit juice, and aged meat.
12. Promotes Intestinal Balance
Maintaining a proper balance of healthy bacteria in your intestines and gut is crucial for supporting good health. A healthy colony of intestinal flora encourages proper digestion and boosts the immune system. Good bacteria also support the immune system and help balance mood. Carvacrol may help promote gut health by creating an appropriate balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria.
13. Encourages Normal Yeast Balance
Yeast and fungus exist everywhere, even on and in the human body; total eradication is next to impossible. Balance, however, is both desirable and achievable with the help of carvacrol. In a study that examined the use of essential oils as a means to address fungus, carvacrol was among the most effective. Likewise, oregano oil is helpful for promoting balanced candida, a fungus that commonly falls out of balance from poor diet, stress, or antibiotics.
14. Supports Liver Health
Toxins exist in our water, food, and even the air we breathe. The ever-present barrage of toxins in our environment is extraordinary, and the burden it places on the liver is equally mind-boggling. Carvacrol may support the normal function of the liver, the body’s primary detoxifying organ.
15. Acts As a Powerful Antioxidant
Oregano oil has many powerful antioxidants — molecules that counteract the free radical damage that oxidizes cells, leading to aging and disease. Oregano’s constituent phytochemicals, including carvacrol, rosmarinic acid, thymol, and others, are antioxidant molecules.[1, 17] Reseachers believe these antioxidants are the reason why oregano oil has been shown to help so many different aspects of health, including heart health, nervous system health, and systemic redness and swelling throughout the body.
Supplementing With Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is an absolute must-have item for any medicine cabinet or emergency kit. The array of benefits it offers makes it one of the best all-around supplements you can get. Remember, as with any health product, quality matters tremendously.
Oregatrex™, Global Healing Center's oregano oil blend, is organic, has an extra virgin olive oil base, and at least 80% carvacrol. It's also blended with peppermint oil and capsaicin (the compound that gives peppers their heat) for added resistance to harmful organisms.[19, 20]
It's easy to get started with an organic oregano oil blend like Oregatrex. Simply shake the bottle, place 1 to 6 drops in a vegetarian capsule (included), and take at the beginning of your meal, 2 to 3 times daily or as recommended by your physician. Capsaicin is a great ingredient and wonderful substance in its own right, but it is hot, so it's best to avoid consuming oregano oil liquid directly. Keep it away from your eyes and don't leave it where children or pets could get into it.
Is oregano oil a staple in your home? What's your favorite benefit? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with us!
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