According to historical records, oregano has been used for 5000 years, first by the Assyrians. In ancient Greek and Roman times, it was one of the most commonly used herbs for health and medicinal purposes, and with good reason. Studies have proven that the health benefits of oil of oregano are powerful and far-reaching. This medicinal activity come mostly from carvacrol and thymol, powerful plant phenols with the ability to kill harmful microbes in the body, which can provide many healing benefits, including:
- Gut Dysbiosis
- Toxic Bowel Syndrome
- Bacterial Infections
- Fungal Infections
- Candida Albicans yeast overgrowth
- Upper Respiratory Infections
Oil of oregano has anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal properties, capable of fighting infections, colds & flu viruses, allergic reactions, and reducing fevers.
Digestively, it has been shown to kill unwanted enteric (gut) bacteria, intestinal parasites, and even Candida Albicans yeast overgrowth, a particular hard condition to treat for many.
Topically, it works as an antiseptic for cuts & scrapes, pimples, psoriasis and other skin conditions, warts, fungal nail growths, cold sores, etc. When rubbed directly on swollen lymph nodes or sore throats oil of oregano can clear many of these infections in one or two applications.
To further receive the topical healing benefits, massage some oil of oregano with a bit of carrier directly into the soles of the feet. Massaging the soles of the feet can benefit various body systems, as the practice of reflexology has proven.
Internally, the best way to take oil of oregano is sublingual, or under the tongue. It is very strong and will be very hot and spicy until you get used to it. I recommend diluting it drop for drop with olive or coconut oil, and take 4-5 drops at a time, 3-4 times a day if you are treating an infection of some kind. It is best to hold it under your tongue for a few minutes for maximum absorption. If you find this too hot and powerful you’re probably best to take it in capsules form since it doesn’t get any better… just more tolerable as you become used to it.
Words of Caution:
Since it is very powerful, oil of oregano is recommended for short term use as an “on-and-off” remedy as it can potentially damage sensitive tissues, both inside and outside the body. Therefore, a rest period between treatments is necessary to allow your body to build up natural healthy bacteria and for skin tissue to recover. Be sure to avoid contact to eyes, the inner ear canal, and inside the nose. Higher doses may cause blood thinning, so beware of drug interactions. oil of oregano is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Being able to treat such a wide range of conditions, and very quickly, oil of oregano is a popular go-to in many natural practitioner’s wellness protocols. It certainly is in mine, especially this time of year with flu and cold season upon us. Drop me a line with your questions, how to order, or any other comments…