In the wide world of natural health care and remedies, one substance that you may have overlooked, is oil of oregano. There are many natural oils from plants available today. As more and more people become aware of the benefits of these natural remedies and spread the word, we all benefit.
Oil of oregano has many uses, just as most other natural supplements. Here are just a few:
- Contains carvacrol, an insect repellent.
- Fights the fungal infection Candida albicans, the bacteria that causes the fungal infection candida.
- Found helpful with cold sores, muscle aches, nail fungus, joint pain, and dandruff.
- Because there’s some evidence that oil of oregano has anti-fungal or antiviral properties, it’s thought to be helpful for some gastrointestinal issues.
- Can be used to treat respiratory tract disorders.
- Source of vitamin K.
- It has been found that Origanum vulgare essential oils were effective against 41 strains of the food pathogen Listeria monocytogenes2.
- Considered great for fighting seasonal flu and colds.
Things to keep in mind regarding oil of oregano, are that it is very, very, potent/pungent. Also note that it has just about the nastiest taste of anything I have ingested, and in its natural strength, it will burn your lips and mouth. Because of this, I opted to purchase a quantity of gelatin capsules so that I could use them to put drops of oregano oil into. I have had good luck taking the oil this way, and always drink at least eight ounces of water with the capsule. How much you take will depend on what you are using the oil for and what your research has shown you.
Side effects seem to be few and far between. WebMD states that there could be allergic reactions in some people, although there is no data to support this. The only reaction that this writer noted, was a slight taste of oregano about 10 minutes after taking it in the capsules. Only enough though, to make you think you must have eaten Italian a few hours earlier, and not at all unpleasant.
My personal experience has been that it completely knocked out a cold that was coming on. I started to feel the effects of the cold and had developed a bad sore throat. The day after I started taking the oil, the sore throat was gone and I felt great. As with all natural remedies and supplements, there are no official studies done in the upper levels of academia to prove the benefits, but only the anecdotal evidence of the millions of people that have taken it and attested to how well it works. Because oregano can be grown and the oil is cheap, mainstream medicine, or “disease care” as I like to call it, has ignored it. No money to be made in curing anyone, just in managing people’s illnesses.