5 reasons to make oregano oil a staple in your home!
02/06/2021 / By Winnie Martin / Comments
5 reasons to make oregano oil a staple in your home!

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a plant well known for its role as a kitchen herb. It is a mainstay in Italian cuisine, where it’s dried before being added to food. However, did you know that oregano also possesses healing properties? The oil extracted from this herb is known as a powerful astringent aside from being a flavorful additive.

Oregano oil is a powerful antimicrobial and anti-parasitic substance. Survivalists rely on the herb to protect them against certain parasites and bacterial strains they might encounter. Some of the pathogenic bacteria that oregano oil can kill include Staphylococcus aureus, which causes boils and staph infections; Escherichia coli, found in stool; and Proteus vulgaris, one of the causes of urinary tract infections. It has also been shown to act on certain fungi such as Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger (black mold).

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Check out these five reasons to make oregano oil a staple in your home.

Oregano oil naturally kills harmful bacteria

A 2008 animal study bolstered oregano oil’s bacteria-killing properties. Researchers found that 43 percent of mice with bacterial infections given oregano oil had about the same lifespan as those who were treated with monolaurin from coconut oil.

Further research has shown that oregano oil may be effective against bacteria that become resistant to certain antibiotics.

Oregano oil helps reduce inflammation

Including oregano oil in your diet may help reduce inflammation in the body. A 2007 study found that the essential oils of oregano and thyme reduced the amount of proteins in the blood that triggered inflammation in mice. They also found evidence that oregano oil may also decrease the risk of death from inflammatory diseases.

The oregano oil compound carvacrol has been cited as the main factor for reduced inflammation in the body.

Oregano oil helps relieve pain

Research has also been done on oregano oil’s effectiveness as a non-addictive painkiller. In 1996, a team of researchers from Turkey looked at the pain relief properties of essential oils such as oregano oil.

They found that oregano oil significantly reduced pain in mice in a manner similar to the painkillers fenoprofen and morphine. Based on their findings, the team suggested that carvacrol in oregano oil played a role in the mice’s pain relief.

Oregano oil treats yeast infections

An abundance of fungi in the body, such as Candida yeasts, leads to fungal infections. Fortunately, oregano oil can help treat such infections.

A 2008 study looked at the effect of different essential oils on Candida fungi. Based on clinical studies, the team found that oregano oil exhibited significant effects against five different Candida strains – including those responsible for oral and vaginal infections.

Oregano oil inhibits intestinal parasites

Oregano oil has also shown promise as a treatment for common intestinal parasites without the dangers of commonly used drugs. A team of researchers looked at how oregano oil affected the intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium parvum in 2018. Commonly transmitted through contaminated water, C. parvum infection is among the causes of diarrhea in children living in low-income areas.

The researchers found that the addition of oregano oil and/or carvacrol to C. parvum cultures reduced the number of parasites being replicated. As C. parvum eggs resist chlorine treatments, oregano oil appears to be a natural and more effective solution for this parasite.

Oregano oil is commonly sold in health food stores as a capsule or as an essential oil. If you purchase oregano essential oil, do note that ingesting it directly is not recommended. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are also discouraged from consuming oregano oil.

You can dilute it with a carrier oil such as olive oil and apply it on the skin. Alternatively, you can mix olive and oregano oils on a 1:1 ratio. Place one to three drops of this mix under the tongue and hold it there for a few minutes. You can then flush it out with water. If you wish to consume oregano oil orally, put a few drops of it into a cup of water before gargling and swallowing.

You need not be a survivalist to experience the health benefits of oregano oil. Keep a small bottle in your kitchen and experience the wonders of this amazing essential oil!

Visit Herbs.news to find out more about the effects of oregano and other essential oils.

Sources:

ReadyNutrition.com

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