Oregano oil is oil from the oregano herb. It is important not to confuse Oil of Oregano with common oregano that is used as a spice for cooking. Common oregano is typically Origanum Marjoram, while Oil of Oregano is derived from Origanum Vulgare. Oregano oil is a natural substance which is extracted by steam distillation. The key compounds found in it are carvacrol and thymol. Both of these compounds have significant effects on harmful micro-organisms. Oregano oil is known to have potent anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic properties.
Oil of Oregano can improve respiratory health and is a wonderful natural remedy for sinus condestion. Add 3 drops of the oil into a glass of juice and drink this mixture daily for 3 to 5 days. You may get some relief by adding a couple drops of oregano oil to a diffuser or vapourizer and inhaling for a few minutes. Drinking a few drops of oil in juice or water may also provide some relief from a sore throat.
Oregano can be helpful for some gastrointestinal issues due to the high concentrations of thymol and carvacrol. To calm unset stomachs and aid digestion just drink a glass of milk or juice that is mixed with 2 or 3 drops of the oil.
Oregano oil has anti-fungal properties and puts up a strong fight against Candida albicans.
Oregano oil is helpful for skin conditions like cold sores, muscle aches, nail fungus, joint pain, and dandruff. However, it can be applied directly onto the skin only it is has been diluted otherwise it can be irritating. Never use oregano oil on broken or sensitive skin. Oregano oil can to be mixed with Olive Oil or Coconut Oil before application (usually one teaspoon of Olive Oil or Coconut Oil per one drop of Oregano Oil).
It’s a natural insect repellent as it contains many compounds, and one of them is carvacrol – a natural insect repellent. Put a few drops of oil on outdoor furniture or apply a dilution of it to unbroken skin when heading outdoors.
Be careful – oregano oil is not for everyone! The use of oregano oil should be avoided in infants and children, pregnant or nursing women. It also should be avoided by people with high blood pressure or a heart condition. Do not use oregano oil for a long-term treatment as it can interfere with iron absorption and can impact blood flow. Always dilute it!
You can buy oregano oil in almost any natural health or nutrition store. It is important to make sure that it is derived from Origanum Vulgare, and that the carvacrol concentration is at least 70%.
07 Jan 2014