Oregano can be a tasty addition to a pizza or any Italian dish, but did you know that the oil extracted from this herb can have positive effects on your immune system, too?
In ancient Greece, Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, and as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. Current healthcare practitioners use oregano extract for its antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
Oregano oil has so many benefits that it is probably a good herb to have around the house. Here are a few reasons why.
Antimicrobial: Oil of oregano contains two phenols called carvacrol and thymol, which have strong antimicrobial properties. A 2004 study demonstrated that oil of oregano showed antibacterial properties against 27 different bacteria (including salmonella, E. coli, and two staphylococcus species, some of the most common bacteria that cause gastrointestinal illnesses) and antiviral properties against the herpes virus (responsible for cold sores, chicken pox, and shingles), as well as antifungal properties against 18 different types of fungus. Continue reading “Spice Up Your Immune System With Oil of Oregano”
Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth) can trigger a variety of symptoms. Some of the ways in which it can manifest are: vaginitis, thrush, constipation, diarrhea, rectal itching, PMS, depression, fatigue, toenail/fingernail discoloration, and joint pain. It is important to note that candida albicans is always present in the digestive tract and genital tract, however it only becomes a problem when the body’s other beneficial bacteria do not balance its presence or the immune system losses the ability to control its growth. Food allergies, a weakened immune system, taking antibiotics, immuno-suppressive drugs, oral contraceptives, and eating a diet high in refined sugars, can all trigger a candida infection. Continue reading “Natural Support for Candida”
Last week, I wrote about astragalus and its positive effects on the immune system. This week I am tackling oregano oil. Not just a spice used in Italian cooking, oregano extracts have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity. Chronic infections like candidiasis, and contagious new viruses like SARS, seem to be inhibited by oregano. Oregano also seems to be beneficial for respiratory health, but also may act as an expectorant (helps to expel mucus) and antispasmodic (relieves coughing).
Chemical substances in oregano account for its tremendous healing qualities. These include alcohols, esters, phenols, and terpenes. They work synergistically to make oregano a powerful natural health aid. Phenols act as antiseptics and antioxidants, while terpenes exhibit antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Alcohol components linalool and borneol add to the antiviral and antiseptic qualities, and esters are potent antifungal agents.
A little goes a long way, and if you are using the drops, then 4 drops is all you need. Now, before you go buy it, make sure you buy Oregano Oil liquid and not the Essential Oil of Oregano. The latter is used in aromatherapy and should not be ingested.