Oregano is a Mediterranean flowering plant, whose leaves and oil are used for medicinal purposes. The oregano oil is especially valued, as it’s believed to have powerful therapeutic properties.
Oregano oil is obtained from the herb itself, by a special process of distillation, in order to preserve all medicinal properties. There are over 40 different types of oregano, and in the cuisine, we usually use Oreganum vulgare.
Since ancient times, people have been using oregano oil to treat wounds, snake bites, and problems of the respiratory tract, while in the Middle Ages, it’s been used to treat infections.
The Healing Properties Of Oregano Oil
The oil of oregano has many valuable medicinal substances, among which is the carvacrol, a compound with strong antibacterial properties. In addition to destroying bacteria, oregano oil has strong antiviral and antifungal effects. Thus, it effectively protects against fungal infections, influenza, common colds, and other respiratory illnesses.
Add a few drops of oregano oil in a glass of water, and drink the solution to relieve a sore throat and cough. Also, you can add a few drops of the oil in a vaporizer and inhale it for a few minutes, to relieve the symptoms of common colds, flu, and bronchitis.
Due to its powerful antiviral and antifungal properties, this oil can help you solve your problems with the gastrointestinal tract. Some studies even show that it’s also useful in the treatment of intestinal parasites – take a few drops of oil of oregano 3 times a day, for 10 days.
This oil can help you fight the fungal infections caused by Candida albicans, Aspergillus niger, and Aspergillus flavus. However, further research is still needed, to confirm these effects in humans.
Skin Conditions, Muscle And Joint Pain
Mix 10 drops of oregano oil with an ounce of grapeseed or almond oil, or some other carrier oil. You can use this mixture to treat muscle aches, joint pain, cold sores, nail fungus, dandruff, and even psoriasis. However, don’t use it on sensitive and broken skin, as it can cause irritation and redness.
The oil of oregano contains carvacrol, a compound also found in thyme and mint. What’s interesting about carvacrol is that it’s a natural bug repellent. To protect yourself from mosquito bites, apply diluted oregano oil on your skin before you go outdoors. Also, you can apply the oil on the furniture in your yard.
Resistance To Antibiotics
If you have developed resistance to antibiotics, then you can try with oregano oil. Research has shown that this oil effectively fights against 25 different types of bacteria, among which is staphylococcus bacteria.
Oregano Oil Precautions
Besides being so effective as a remedy, oregano oil has a strong taste, which most people describe as terrible. Well now, good things are not always sweet, right?
Be careful when using it, as oregano oil is very strong, and can irritate your mucous membranes and skin. As we have mentioned above, to prevent irritation, you should always dilute it with a carrier oil, or with water.
Also, this oil is for short-term use, which means, you can use it to treat only acute conditions. The treatments should not last more than 10 days, with a dosage of max 6 drops per day.
Before you start using oregano oil, it’s best to consult your physician. Children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, people who suffer from hypertension or have a heart condition, should not use it at all.