Oil of oregano, an herbal product that has been used since Biblical times, is extracted from wild oregano plants. Oil of oregano has been shown to kill parasites and viruses, bacteria, and some types of fungi, as well as being an antihistamine. Oil of oregano has been used for centuries to treat infections and it might be a savior for sufferers of colitis, and inflammation in the gastrointestinal system. It is derived from the wild oregano plant (member of the mint family) that grows naturally in the mountains of the Mediterranean region and is usually bottled and mixed with olive oil or coconut oil because of its potency.
The lead ingredient in oregano oil is carvacrol, a strong antimicrobial used to preserve food and protect against mold and other common bacteria, making it the largest healing agent of the oil. Thymol is the second most active ingredient important as a fungicide and is the leading anti-halitosis (i.e., bad-breath fighting) agent in Listerine. The rest of the ingredients provide more antibacterial support, prevent the damage caused by free radicals, act as allergen-blockers, and inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
Oil of oregano also contains copper, calcium, niacin, zinc, boron, beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and E, potassium and iron among others. Jean Valnet, in his book The Practice of Aromatherapy, describes how oil of oregano has superseded anti-inflammatory drugs in reversing pain and inflammation and is nearly as powerful as morphine as a painkiller. It possesses significant antioxidant power and also stimulates the flow of bile in the liver, which greatly aids digestion.
Dr. Cass Ingram wrote a book called The Cure is in the Cupboard: How to Use Oregano for Better Health about his life-saving encounter with oil of oregano. This “super oil,” he claims, is helpful in calming or healing over 170 different bodily conditions-everything from athlete’s foot to worms, diarrhea to diaper rash, a bee sting to shortness of breath. Makes you want to go buy some oil of oregano right now, doesn’t it?
However, before you go online or to your local herb store, make sure you do your research. Whichever brand you decide to purchase, make sure that the oil is at least 70% carvacrol. It is important to note that oil of oregano is not recommended for anyone allergic to oregano, thyme, basil, mint, or sage. Oil of oregano can also reduce iron intake within the body, so you should consider taking a good iron supplement. Due to this fact, pregnant women shouldn’t take oil of oregano. The body of positive evidence for oregano oil as a major antibiotic is growing. Among 52 plant oils tested, oregano was considered to have “pharmacologic” action against common bugs such as Candida albicans(yeast), E. coli, Salmonella enterica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Also, oil of oregano is not to be confused with common oregano in the kitchen spice cupboard, which is usually marjoram rather than true oregano. My favorite source of oil of oregano (undiluted and 85 carvacrol) is from Kurt Wilson, the “Armchair Survivalist.” His website is www.se1.us. Kurt’s oil of oregano is 100% pure essential oil. This being so, do not put directly on your skin or in your mouth. It will burn.. If this happens flush with a dairy product immediately, but don’t worry, it won’t cause permanent damage. Infowars.com also has a good Oregano product.