Oregano is a flowering, perennial herb in the mint family that is cultivated worldwide. It is used in both culinary preparations and for medicinal purposes. You can find the oil in capsules, tincture form, or in an essential oil preparation. When shopping for oregano oil look for preparations that have the active ingredients carvacrol and thymol. For ingestion, try to find wild, organic, and food or therapeutic grade oil.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits and uses of oil of oregano.
Treating Upper Respiratory Infections
Oil of oregano is considered by master herbalists to have broad-spectrum antibiotic and antiviral properties. It is also a good source of both vitamins A and C. This makes it great for treating the common cold and the flu. You can use a couple of drops of the tincture in water up to 3 times a day at the first signs of a cold.
Ridding the Body of Parasites
The oil extract of oregano has been studied and found to be effective in fighting parasitic infections of the intestines, such as Giardia. It can also be applied topically for external parasites, such as lice. To get rid of lice, add a few drops of oregano essential oil to a small handful of shampoo and massage into the scalp. Allow it to linger for a few minutes, then rinse well.
Boost Natural Immunity
Phenols are found in oil of oregano. Phenols are powerful antioxidants that help rid our bodies of damaging free radicals. Free radicals are what cause disease and pre-mature aging. Phenol antioxidants help to boost our immune response to diseases and slow down the aging process.
Dealing with Mold
Mold spores are often present in our environments without us even realizing it. Inhaling mold spores can cause upper respiratory problems and allergic reactions. Oil of oregano can effectively kill mold in a variety of ways.
You can dilute the oil in water and gargle to help remove infections and inflammation in the throat caused by inhaling mold spores. Diffusing oregano oil into the air, as aromatherapy, can help clear the environment of airborne mold. You can also add a few drops of essential oil of oregano to a cleaning solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar to safely clean most surfaces of allergens and mold spores.
Treat a Fungal Infection
Many of us deal with internal and external yeast or fungal infections. These can disrupt our gastrointestinal systems, genitalia, skin, and nails. These infections can also be systemic. The author of The Ultimate Candida Diet Program, Lisa Richards, claims that oil of oregano contains anti-fungal properties that can effectively reduce yeast microorganisms and help to restore the balance of beneficial bacteria inside our bodies. The oil can also be applied topically when combined with a carrier such as coconut oil. Coconut oil and oregano are both anti-fungal providing a double remedy.
These are just a few of the beneficial uses of oil of oregano. Oregano oil is a strong tasting herbal extract with powerful anti-microbial properties. It is possible that you may experience some mild side effects as the oil “kills” the bad guys, so go low and slow until you know how your body reacts. And of course, enjoy the fresh or dried herb in your favourite sauces and salad dressings.