What is Oregano Oil?
Oregano oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of oregano (Origanum vulgare), a hardy perennial herb, and a member of the mint (Lamiaceae) family. It's native to Europe, Asia and North Africa, although it grows in many areas around the world.
Composition of Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is high in phenols, which are natural phytochemical compounds with beneficial antioxidant effects. The two most abundant phenols in it are thymol and carvacrol. Here's how they, plus the other components in oregano oil, work:
Thymol - A natural fungicide with antiseptic properties.
Carvacrol - The most active components of oregano oil.
Terpenes - Known for their powerful antibacterial properties.
Rosmarinic acid - An antioxidant that prevents free radical damage.
Benefits of Oregano Oil
Oregano oil has wide-reaching health benefits, but is most associated with respiratory and immune system health. It is known for helping prevent and treat infections, such as:
1.Urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by bacteria like E. coli, Proteus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
2.Respiratory infections brought on by Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria strains.
3.Yeast infections, even those that are resistant to the commonly used antifungal drug Diflucan.
4.Parasitic infections caused by the amoeba giardia - it was even found to be more effective than antibiotics like Tinidazol.
5.Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection - A team of Indian and British researchers found that oregano oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help kill this deadly superbug.
Uses of Oregano Oil
I highly recommend adding oregano oil to your arsenal of natural healing tools, as it has a wide range of uses. This herbal oil is a powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off infections. Oregano oil also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Other ideal uses for oregano oil are:
1.Treating foot or nail fungus. For aggressive nail fungus, mix 3 drops of oregano oil with 2 drops of thyme and 10 drops of coconut oil. Apply the mixture on the specific nail every morning and night.
2.Alleviating thrush in the mouth. Mix 2 drops of oregano oil with 15 drops of coconut oil. Swab the mixture inside the mouth
3.Alleviating sinus infections and colds. Combine 2 drops of oregano oil, 5 drops of Roman chamomile oil, 6 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of coconut oil. Apply the mixture on the bottom of your feet. Do this for three days a week.