Nope. It’s not some new-fangled cooking oil to fry up a batch of chicken legs. The use of oregano oil for medicinal purposes dates back to the ancient Greeks, ancient Egyptians and, as you might expect, those awesome Chinese healers. It was used by Hippocrates in the B.C era and has a reputation dating back centuries as an anti-toxin for poisoning.
Oregano oil (origanum vulgare) hails from bushy perennial oregano shrubs originally found in the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean and parts of Asia. Flowers and leaves are harvested from the oregano plant when essential oil content is at its peak. Two processes for making oregano oil are distillation to obtain pure oil (typically in products from commercial suppliers) and the infusion method, typically done at home by seeping the leaves into another oil, such as olive oil.
I consider oregano oil to be one of the most significant, most powerful natural medicinal agents found in nature. I call it nature’s “Clorox bleach” for the human body. (does that sound kinda creepy?)
WHAT DOES OREGANO OIL CONTAIN THAT MAKES IT SO POWERFUL?
The benefits of oregano oil and the compounds it contains have been studied extensively through research that is published widely on the web. In short, there is no gray area or debate to be had on the benefits of oregano oil. The research speaks for itself:
1. Carvacrol: A phenol found most abundantly in oregano. It has been proven to prevent and inhibit the growth of bacteria by damaging the bacterial cell’s membrane, thereby halting its ability to reproduce and causing the bacterial cell to die. Carvacrol reduces inflammation in the body and has been shown in laboratory studies to kill cancer cells. Carvacrol is proven to be highly beneficial against fungus/yeasts. Its anti-microbial properties have also made it useful in food preservation.
2. Thymol: An antibacterial antiseptic agent (widely found in mouthwash and other dental products), Thymol also provides respiratory benefits as an expectorant to break down mucous in the lungs. Through a process of membrane disruption, Thymol is anti-mutagenic, anti-fungal, anti-candida and anti-bacterial.
Other beneficial agents in oregano oil include Terpenes for its antiseptic qualities and Rosmarinic acid for its antioxidant benefits, which is more powerful than Vitamin E.
USES AND BENEFITS
Please take time to read the 2-page PDF report below. This informative leaflet contains detailed information on the properties and usage of Oregano Oil, giving credence to the oil as a powerful destroyer of harmful pathogens in the body, superior to expensive medications with terrible side effects that are peddled by Big Pharma:
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Excerpts from research on oregano oil benefits from around the web:
“…the oil was tested against aggressive germs, including the cold, flu and even bird flu viruses. In all cases the wild oregano oil destroyed the viruses. In tissue culture the wild oregano oil virtually completely destroyed the human coronavirus, a 99.9% kill, in a mere 20 minutes. The coronavirus is the microbe responsible for nearly 50% of the infections diagnosed as the common cold or pneumonia and is solely responsible for SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). The destruction of the influenza A and bird flu viruses was nearly as complete, a 99% kill. This is an impressive result, which has never been achieved by any drug…” via HyssopHealth.com
“In Mexico, researchers have compared oregano to tinidazol, a commonly used prescription drug to treat infection from the amoeba Giardia lamblia. These researchers found oregano to be more effective against Giardia than the commonly used prescription drug.” via World’s Healthiest Foods
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“It is a preservative that can be used to halt the growth of microbes and reduce the risk for food poisoning in meats, eggs, milk and other foods….including treatment for athletes foot, psoriasis, eczema, worms, amoebae, and protozoa. It is helpful in combating diarrhea, intestinal gas, sore throat, sinusitis, breathing difficulties, dandruff, diaper rash, bee stings and venomous bites. It can help reduce fever, relieve cramps, and reduce the effects of measles and mumps.” via the Cure is in the Cupboard
RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
There is a “severe burn warning” from the use of oregano oil. Keep out of reach of children. Do NOT apply undiluted 100% pure oregano oil directly to mucous membranes, broken skin or to other sensitive areas of the body. It is recommend that you mix with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil before ingesting. Do NOT give full strength, undiluted oregano oil to children. Test the dilution/strength of the oil before dosing.
I stress to you the burn warning from first hand experience. This warning is crucial and must be followed. If you have allergies or adverse reactions to other herbs such thyme and mint, please use caution with oregano oil.
Aside from the burn and allergy warnings, Oregano oil can be used long term with no harmful affects.
PERSONAL USE OF OREGANO OIL IN MY FAMILY
Both my husband and I have been using oregano oil for approximately one year. We do not currently give it to our two youngest children due to the burn warning. Oregano Oil is best used as daily supplement to avoid colds, flu and other bacterial/viral illnesses. My use of the oil proves that I can stay well despite being coughed and sneezed on (thanks to my kids). Continued use of oregano oil on a daily basis has supported my immune system to remain healthy when others close to me have been ill.
These dosage recommendations are to be used as a guideline only:
- Adult dosing in well state: 1-2 drops oregano oil in 1 tsp coconut oil daily. As you continue with supplementation over a period of time, increase daily dosing to 4-6 drops, one time daily.
- Dosing in an ill state: 1-2 drops up to 4 times daily until you feel better. If already acclimated to the heat of the oil, take 5-6 drops 3 times daily until you feel better.
Important: When ingesting the oil on your teaspoon, flip the spoon upside down and lick. Do NOT let the oil touch your lips. The burn warning is in effect if you let that happen. It will feel hot going down but your comfort level with the heat will increase over time. If the oil accidentally touches sensitive areas, use coconut oil as a salve and you will have quick relief (within about a minute). Water will NOT help to alleviate the heat of oregano oil.
****UPDATE: 9/1/15: After writing this article, I found an even better way to administer the oregano oil dosages. Add the oil to an empty veggie capsule. It’s easier to dose, swallow and avoid the heat of the oil. However, the capsule should be chased down by some food for the best, most comfortable results. Coconut oil is still very good for you, so pick the dosing method you like best.
WHICH BRAND OF OREGANO OIL SHOULD YOU BUY?
Oregano oil from Greece and Turkey is known to be of highest quality compared to other sources or suppliers. The brand of oil I faithfully purchase is Telia Oil of Oregano. My supplier ships directly from Greece where the product is grown and harvested in the Greek Mountains.
It is recommended that you purchase oil only from a location where it is actually grown and harvested. I do NOT recommended you buy oregano oil from an American company if you can not first confirm their source of supply. I do have to wait approximately 3 weeks to receive my orders, but its worth it to get an effective oil that is 100% steam distilled, 100% non-GMO and 100% organic. Telia Oil of Oregano has phenomenal consumer ratings as well.
If you don’t know much about this powerful oil, I encourage you to research oil of oregano before you make a decision to try it. It’s always best to make a decision based on Feel free to ask me any questions about this product, and again, be careful to follow the burn warning.
Oil of Oregano SUPPORTING INFORMATION
- Cure is in the Cupboard
- Biological and Pharmacological Activities of Carvacrol
- Biological Activity of Thymol
- Journal of Medical Microbiology: Effects of Oregano, Carvacrol and Thymol…