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Oregano Oil: a natural Antibacterial

What is Oregano Oil?

Oregano is a herb. There are many varieties of oregano species. The oil extracted from wild oregano grown in the Mediterranean known as “Origanum Vulgare” has, for centuries, had the status of a wonder herb due to its medicinal qualities.

Properties of Oregano Oil

Oregano oil naturally contains a range of nutrients such as Vitamins A, C and E. It also contains the minerals iron, magnesium, boron, manganese, zinc and calcium.

However, despite these obvious benefits, it’s actually Oregano oil’s two major phenol components, Thymol and Carvacrol that make it so special in terms of its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic properties:

  • Thymol is a powerful antiseptic and antifungal that stimulates the immune system. It fights bacteria (such as E-Coli, staphylococcus aureus), fungi (including candida), parasites (like intestinal worms) and is a great expectorant and natural diuretic. It has been found to be effective in treating upper respiratory infections and also in treating renal and urinary tract infections.
  • Carvacrol has been shown to be effective against a wide range of infections including those caused by the following bacteria, parasites and fungi: Candida Albicans, E-Coli, Giardia, Campylobacter, Salmonella, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella and Listeria.

Oregano Oil as an Alternative to Antibiotics for Infections:

Wild Oregano Oil

Traditionally, antibiotics have been the go-to treatment for any infection. Often, non-specific, full-spectrum antibiotics have been overprescribed leading to antibiotic resistance (bacteria mutate into new strains that can survive against our current treatments, increasing the risk of disease and death). Antibiotics also destroy the “good” as well as “bad” bacteria in our gut leading to further health complications such as candida overgrowth. It is becoming increasingly important to look to natural treatments for infection.

Tiny quantities of carvacrol, a naturally occurring compound in oregano, were found to be a more effective antimicrobial agent than 18 pharmaceutical drugs, investigators found.

University of the West of England researchers, working with partners in India, said carvacrol, which contains potent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, has a range of medicinal uses. It can sterilise septic water, kill giardia, treat fungal infections such as candida and is considered a natural rival to pharmaceutical antibiotics such as streptomycin and penicillin in its ability to eliminate microbes. At SGS tests found that Himalayan oregano oil was more effective at killing Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) than 18 antibiotics . Preliminary research into the oil found that tiny doses are capable of wiping out fungi and bacteria, including MRSA. www.medicalnewstoday.com...130620.php

How to use Oregano Oil:

Oregano oil can be used topically in carrier oil such as coconut oil or olive oil or can be taken in a drink such as coconut milk, milk or juice. It has a very strong flavour due to its potency so is best followed with a further drink to prevent burning to the throat/mouth.

For Urinary Tract Infections it is suggested to take:

Take 3-4 drops of oregano oil with a glass of milk or milk substitute 3 times a day for 3 days.

For Respiratory Infections

  • Put a drop of oregano oil into hot steaming water. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam from the bowl.
  • For Food Poisoning caused by Bacteria such as Listeria/Campylobacter/E-Coli:
  • Drink 3 to 7 drops diluted in water/juice with or after food.

Oregano oil is considered a “hot” oil that can give a temporary burning sensation. If you choose to use Oregano oil “neat” (undiluted) apply it with a Q-tip and do not spread it beyond the affected area. Swallow it in a carrier liquid such as milk or milk substitute.

Use in a Carrier Oil

oregano oil - olive oil

Wild Oregano is more usually diluted in oil ( a carrier oil) so that it can be easily massaged in to the affected area. Common carrier oils include coconut oil and olive oil.

Precautions

Oregano Oil is a natural product with few side effects. However, it is recommended that you do not use this: for children, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, if you are allergic to Lamiaceae family plants, if you are taking blood thinners (e.g. warfarin) or are about to have surgery (stop taking 2 weeks before).

Oregano oil, if taken regularly, is best used for 2 weeks with a few days off before recommencing.

References

Ponce-Macotela, M., Rufino-González, Y., González-Maciel, A., Reynoso-Robles, R. and Martínez-Gordillo, M. (2006). Oregano (Lippia spp.) kills Giardia intestinalis trophozoites in vitro: antigiardiasic activity and ultrastructural damage. Parasitology Research, 98(6), pp.557-560.

Pozzatti, P., Scheid, L., Spader, T., Atayde, M., Santurio, J. and Alves, S. (2008). In vitro activity of essential oils extracted from plants used as spices against fluconazole-resistant and fluconazole-susceptible Candida spp. Can. J. Microbiol., 54(11), pp.950-956.

Purkayastha, S. and Dahiya, P. (2012). Phytochemical screening and antimicrobial activity of some medicinal plants against multi-drug resistant bacteria from clinical isolates. Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 74(5), p.443.

Sienkiewicz M, Wasiela M, Głowacka A., The antibacterial activity of oregano essential oil (Origanum heracleoticum L.) against clinical strains of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Med Dosw Mikrobiol. 2012; 64 (4): 297-307.

Wiley. Oregano oil: Could pizza herb prevent winter vomiting disease? . ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 February 2014.

 

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