Help Ward Off Infections and Improve Your Immune System With Oregano Oil by Erin Elizabeth for Health Nut News
GNN Note – If you’re not familiar with this wonder drug we would encourage a little research. The article below is a great beginning.
by Joseph Mercola, D.O., Ph.D.
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.
The plant grows up to 50 centimeters high, with purple leaves that are 2 to 3 centimeters long. The ancient Greeks and Romans have a profound appreciation for oregano, using it for various medicinal purposes. In fact, its name comes from the Greek words “oros” and “ganos,” which are words for mountain and joy — oregano literally means “joy of the mountain.”
It was revered as a symbol of happiness, and it was an ancient tradition to crown brides and grooms with a laurel of oregano. There are over 40 species of oregano, but the most therapeutically beneficial is the oil produced from wild oregano that’s native to Mediterranean regions. Oregano essential oil is typically extracted through steam distillation using oregano shoots and leaves.
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. Oregano oil also has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Other ideal uses for oregano oil are:
•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.
•Alleviating thrush in the mouth — Mix 2 drops of oregano oil with 15 drops of coconut oil. Swab the mixture inside the mouth.
•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.
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. It helps boost your immune system, works as a shield against toxins, and even helps prevent tissue damage and encourages healing.
•Carvacrol — Has antimicrobial, antitumor, antimutagenic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antiparastic properties, making it one of the most active components of oregano oil.
•Terpenes — Known for their powerful antibacterial properties.
•Rosmarinic acid — An antioxidant that prevents free radical damage and has shown promise in treating allergic asthma and preventing cancer and atherosclerosis. It also works as a natural antihistamine that helps reduce fluid buildup and swelling caused by allergy attacks.
•Naringin — Inhibits the growth of cancer cells and helps boost the antioxidants in oregano oil.
•Beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP) — This substance inhibits inflammation and is also beneficial for conditions like osteoporosis.