Published: 12/09/2014 - Updated: 12/31/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
Almost all oils that are extracted from spices, like thyme, cloves, rosemary, and oregano, are effective remedies for treating and fighting fungus and viruses. But oregano oil gets first place due to the fact that it has powerful properties, like those mentioned below:
Benefits of Oregano Oil
- Powerful antibiotic: this oil’s components are very effective for fighting or keeping out certain fungi, preventing and fighting albicans candida, staphylococcus, salmonella, E. coli, vaginal infections, ringworm, etc.
- Prevent intestinal parasite growth.
- Potent for fighting germs and viruses.
- Helps fight some skin conditions when used properly and diluted with other oils.
- Antimicrobial: its components (like thymol and carvacrol) explain its ability to fight microbes.
- Analgesic (pain killer): effective at alleviating pain, so powerful that it is even considered to be better than a lot of pharmaceutical analgesics and aspirin, even better than morphine.
- Anti-allergenic: can help to treat certain allergies, providing relief.
- Potent antioxidant: Effectively fights free radicals, which prevents tissue and system deteriorating and aging.
- Anti-viral: which is why it fights infections like the flu.
- Used to treat arthritis pain and helps arthritis treatment.
- Very useful and effective in liver and colon health treatments.
- Digestive: bile stimulant during digestion.
- Vitamins: an excellent source of nutrients, contains vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and A (a large percentage thereof), vitamin E and complex-B, as well as zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, niacin and manganese.
How to purchase and use oregano oil
You can get oregano leaf extract in some organic stores, or stores that sell natural products. Pay attention to the product’s quality, and preferably, purchase organic because they won’t be diluted and they will preserve their medicinal properties. To recognize good quality oil, it must give off a strong aroma (just one drop can fill an entire room with its smell). Its odor is acrid and lasts on the skin for one or two days. This might be a little inconvenient for treating some muscle or arthritis pain, if used in massage.
- To treat infections, fungi and pain, dilute 2 to 4 drops in half a glass of warm water and drink.
- For molar pain, sprains or other muscular pains, you can apply 1 or 2 drops of extract to a cotton ball moistened with a little bit of warm water (not too moist), and apply on the painful area.
- For molars, it’s best to use cotton and leave it over the painful molar for a while, after first having rubbed the affected molar.
- To treat rheumatic pains, use three parts almond oil for one part oregano oil. Gently massage the area in your body that has arthritis.
- For colds, sore throats, stuffy noses, etc., take a few deep breaths of oregano oil. This will be sufficient for cleaning your nose and throat.
This oil is not recommended for pregnant women.
Other uses for oregano oil:
Used to preserve meat in a good state and to prevent early rotting.
Oregano in an aromatic herb (spice) that is frequently used in Mediterranean cooking. It is a small bush that grows 45 cm tall. It has a branched stalk that generally turns red as it matures. It has oval leaves and tiny white or pink flowers that sprout on its branches.
Revised by: Dra. Loredana Lunadei on 12/31/2017
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