Oregano is self-seeding Mediterranean plant, and it is believed to be one of the most healing herbs in the world. It is especially appreciated for its oil, which is made from the wild oregano with a special process of distillation to preserve its healing properties.
There are more than 40 oregano species. Origanum Vulgare is mostly used in the kitchen. Origanum Minutiflorum oil is considered to be the most healing kind, and it contains 90 per cent of carvacrol -- an active healing substance.
Ancient Greeks used oregano oil to treat wounds, snake bites and respiratory problems. In the Middle Ages its popularity grew in Europe, and people used it to treat infections.
Healing Effect of Oregano Oil
The most valuable healing substance contained in oregano oil is carvacrol -- a compound with strong antibacterial properties.
British scientists conducted a number of studies to confirm that oregano oils is efficient in treating 25 different bacteria. It is efficient in the fight against bacteria that cause infections of the colon and urinary tract, typhus, cholera, ulcers and skin infections.
Oregano oil not only destroys bacteria, it has strong antiviral effect and protects against flu, cold, smallpox, mumps and measles. It is a fact that this oil can stop a disease, but after the first symptoms appear.
Destroys Dangerous Bacteria
There is a lot of evidence proving the healing properties of oregano oil. Scientists tested 52 plants, and oregano oil was the only one to show results in treating Candida Albicans, E-coli, Salmonella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Pseudomonas is a bacterium that is especially difficult to treat, because some types are immune to antibiotics.
The growth of bacteria resistant to antibiotics is the main concern of medicinal experts. A great number of bacteria, especially intestinal bacteria such as Enterococcus, already show resistance to vancomycin.
Vancomycin is considered to be the strongest existing antibiotic, which is used only when there is no other solution.
A dose of vancomycin costs 16 dollars, and a dose of pure oregano oil -- a dollar. Unlike vancomycin, bacteria can not develop resistance to natural antibiotics, such as oregano oil.
Aggressively Destroys Fungus
Oregano oil is effective in treating bacteria, viruses and fungus that change their shape and hinder the treatment.
Its aggressive antifungal properties prevent dangerous infections, such as candidiasis, nail and scalp fungus, as well as Athlete’s foot.
In cases of candidiasis the oil should be taken orally, and if you have problems with nail fungus, apply it locally.
Add a few drops of oregano oil while shampooing your hair in cases of scalp fungus.
Potential Effect On Cancer Cells
Oregano oil can soon become part of the anti-cancer therapies. Scientists tested the effect of carvacrol on prostate cancer cells. The results showed that carvacrol causes a condition called “apoptosis” -- self-destruction of cancer cells.
Apoptosis is one of the body’s ways to eliminate dysfunctional or malignant cells, as well as tumor cells.
Scientists studied the effect of oregano oil on malignant cells. In April, 2012 the scientists presented a research on the experimental biology meeting in San Diego.
Dr Supriya Bavadekar from the University of Long Island in New York, actually praised this powerful herb: “The most important advantage of oregano is its often use which is safe for people.”
Oregano oil contains rosmarinic acid, which is a powerful antihistamine and its antioxidant potency is stronger than that of vitamin E.
Rosmarinic acid is mostly used in treating allergic reactions, bronchial asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and gingivitis. But, remember, inhaling oregano oil is the only way you could use this natural product when it comes to treating allergies.
Antioxidant properties of oregano oil are beneficial for long-term health care. They protect against free radicals and repair the present cell damage.
Antioxidants slow the aging process, protect against cancer, prevent macular degeneration, loss of vision and hearing, nerve disorders and other diseases associated with the action of free radicals.
First Aid For Bites
Oregano oil has the power to neutralize poisonous bites, like those of bees, snakes and spiders. It is a miraculous first aid in such cases.
It is also useful in preventing infections, relieving inflammation and pain of stab wounds and animal bites.
Helps in Treating Sports Injuries
Oregano oil is a good ally of physically active people, because it relieves muscle pain and spasms, accelerates the healing of injuries, sprains, tendonitis and others.
Its anti-inflammation properties make it a powerful remedy for arthritis.
Healing Properties of Oregano Oil
- Protects against viruses, fungus and bacteria
- Helps in treating psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis
- Slows the aging process
- Protects against several cancers
- Helps with excessive sweating and bad breath
- Expels parasites
- Helps in treating muscle, tendon and joint inflammations
- Prevents infections
- First aid in snake and insect bites
Experts recommend consuming 1-4 drops, three times a day (up to 12 drops a day, never in a single dose). It has a strong flavor, so be sure to dilute it in some base oil, juice or tea.
Always dilute oregano oil for outdoor uses and inhalation. Do not apply it on intimate areas! Children aged 6 or more can also take wild oregano oil.
Be sure to use wild oregano oil, with higher content of carvacrol (over 70%). Some types of oregano oil with small quantities of carvacrol are not as efficient as the original oregano oil.
The oil can be poisonous if it contains synthetic carvacrol! Always buy natural oregano oil from a trusted producer. Origanum Vulgare, Origanum Onites and Origanum Minutiflorum are the three most healing species.
Origanum Vulgare and Origanum Onites contain 30-60% of carvacrol, and Origanum Minutiflorum contains 80-90% of this active substance. Origanum Minutiflorum is mostly used in the production of the healing oil, because it contains the highest quantities of carvacrol.