Not only does it make pizza, pasta and mediterranean salads taste heavenly, the oil of the wild oregano plant may be our salvation from constantly mutating superbugs that defy even the most potent antibiotics that cost pharmaceutical companies billions to produce.
Derived from the Greek word ‘oros’ or mountain and ‘ganos’ meaning delight, this joy of the mountains is the most potent medicinal plant that grows wild in the Mediterranean including the mountains of Greece and Turkey where there is little pollution. Oregano is a member of the mint family and is not the same one you find in the grocery store and restaurants. Of the 60 plus species of oregano plants, only a few actually possess medicinal qualities. More often than not you’ll only find marjoram, oregano’s sweeter and calmer cousin, which does not have the same healing properties. Real wild Mediterranean oregano includes two varieties. Thymus capitatus grows around Spain. The variety that grows throughout the rest of the Mediterranean is Origanum vulgare. The telling difference between marjoram and the real oregano is the taste. True oregano is fragrant, spicy, zesty and tangy. These are the qualities you want to find.
What’s In The Oil?
The volatile oils of oregano contain four compounds that contribute to its potent, highly acclaimed healing qualities.
- Phenols including carvacrol and thymol, have antiseptic, antibiotic and antioxidant properties.
- Terpenes like pinene and terpinene have antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
- Linalool and bonreol are long-chain alcohols that further enhance organo’s antiseptic and antibiotic qualities.
- Linalyl acetate and geranyl acetate are esters that are powerful antifungal agents.
Oil of oregano also contains a good amount of the vitamin E complex, as well as calcium (16 times more than milk), magnesium, zinc, iron (three times more than molasses), zinc (4mg/100g, higher than salmon, sardines, cheese and grains) potassium, copper, boron, manganese, vitamins A and C, and niacin. The oil also boasts higher and more potent antioxidant properties than vitamin E provided by Rosmarinic acid. Oregano has 42 times higher antioxidants than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries.
Although these compounds work together to do what oregano oil is supposed to do, most of its effectiveness is largely attributed to the active ingredient carvacrol. A unique blend of oil of oregano called P73 wild oregano has been investigated at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Carvacrol was found to be the most potent natural antibiotics in existence. It was found to be more potent than penicillin, streptomycin and even vancomycin, the strongest synthetic antibiotic. Led by Dr. Harry G. Preuss, the study found that carvacrol was effective against more than 30 strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi.
But unlike synthetic antibiotics, oregano oil does not create resistant strains of bacteria. It naturally and effectively eliminates any disease-causing pathogen that is unfortunate enough to cross its path with no prescription, no side effects.
Wild oregano has many varied uses. It has been used orally to remedy respiratory infections such as chronic sinusitis, the flu and colds, ear infections and even pneumonia. Applied topically, oregano oil treats skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, fungal infections, dandruff, eczema, psoriasis and insect bites.
The volatile oils of oregano are a powerful anti-inflammatory. Combined with its natural antibiotic properties, they work as a two-punches-in-one against angry spots and pus on your face. The antibiotics work to kill the bacteria that causes the acne lesions. But did you know that candida overgrowth also causes acne? Yes fungal infection, especially in the colon can cause hormonal imbalances which triggers acne. The volatile oils of oregano are also a powerful anti-fungal that stop the pesky Candida albicans right in its tracks while zinc balances your hormones and vitamin A controls oil production and together with vitamin C will aid in regenerating new skin cells. These properties work in unison to fight acne and eliminate it for good.
Taking oil of oregano regularly keeps your immune system in tip-top shape. When your immune system is healthy you’ll be fighting off colds or flu like a pro. If taken at the onset of symptoms, the oil can eradicate the virus in an instant and keep it off for a long time to come. If not taken right away, oil of oregano will greatly cut the duration of your sickness. People who take oil of oregano regularly has not had flus for three years or more.
Oil of oregano is also effective against other viral conditions such as herpes, Lyme disease, hepatitis, warts, measles and MRSA.
– Liver and Colon
A study published in the journal Mediators of Inflammation investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of thyme and oregano oil on colitis. Researchers found that treatment significantly decreased pro-inflammatory agents like cytokines, and tumor necrosis factor especially after application of low dose 0.2% thyme and 0.1% oregano oil. The treatment decreased mortality rate, accelerated weight gain and recovery and reduced damage on the colon.
Another study investigated the effects of carvacrol on regenerating liver tissue following partial liver removal surgery. The researchers found that the liver regeneration accelerated significantly in the treatment compared to the control group. Carvacrol was also found to restore blood flow to organs and tissues and to protect the liver in these events.
– Fungal infections
This yeast overgrowth problem, found in the gut, multiplies rapidly and messes the body’s biochemistry, especially with the hormones and blood sugar. It is aggravated by poor immunity, high sugar intake and poor diet. Fungal infection is often responsible for many other conditions including chronic fatigue syndrome, digestive disorders, thrush, vaginal candidiasis, adult acne, psoriasis, eczema and allergies. If you suspect that you have the symptoms, it is important to eradicate the infection immediately. Left to fester untreated, it can lead to severe health problems over the years.
Oil of oregano is a powerful anti-fungal, even more effective and relatively inexpensive than over-the-counter anti-fungal creams.
– Anti -inflammatory and painkiller
Many diseases are a result of inflammation. Oregano oil is an effective anti-inflammatory with superior results over anti-inflammatory drugs. Oregano oil penetrates the skin when applied topically and is particularly effective in treating arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, strains, sprains, torn ligaments and lower back pain.
One drop of oregano oil effectively cleanses 4, 000 drops of septic water, treat and prevent periodontal infections, food poisoning and as a preservative for foods to keep it stable for a long time. It is 26 times stronger than conventional antiseptics and had been used to sterilize hospital equipment in France.
Using Oregano Oil
Oregano oil can be taken internally and topically. It is available in capsule, tincture and topical forms. If you purchase the tincture make sure it contains at least 80% carvacrol. Start with one or two drops of the tincture in water, orange juice, a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to mask the strong flavor and improve palatability Do not use undiluted because the volatile oils will irritate your mucus membranes and skin. Make your way up to four drops daily. Take for 15 days.
For external application, use a carrier oil like olive oil before application. Rub the mixture over the affected area or on the soles of your feet where your pores are biggest.
Some oregano oil products indicate 85% carvacrol but they are mixed with a carrier oil, so you can’t be sure how much oregano the bottle really contains. Before buying, find out the ratio between oregano oil and the carrier oil as much as possible.
Caution: Do not use with blood-thinning medications