Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
The herb commonly used as a culinary product to flavour meat dishes and pasta. Called common origanum or wild marjoram. It is a multi-annual crop, with bushy perennials. Who would have thought that it is such a rich combination of active ingredients? Oregano constitutes one of the most effective natural antiseptics. It is a strong ant-inflammatory medication and its painkilling effect is comparable to the potential of morphine.
It was used for medication already by the ancient Greeks and Roman. Its name originated from the Greek words ‘oros’ and ‘ganos’ meaning “the joy of the mountain”.
What does oregano oil contain?
Oregano oil contains phenols: thymol, carvacrol and terpenes – constituting natural antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiparasitic agents.
That is why, oregano oil is an effective weapon in the fight against:
- fungi: Candida albican, Aspergillus.
- bacteria (even those resistant to antibiotics): Staphylococcus aureus , Campylobacter jejuni (causing an acute inflammation of the stomach and intestines), E. Coli, Salmonella, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Listeria.
- viruses: Coxsackie.
- parasites: Giardia lamblia, Trypanosoma cruzi.
Additionally, oregano oil constitutes a rich source of antioxidants (> 75 mmol / 100 g) such as:
- rosmarinic acid – an antioxidant fighting free radicals, helping in treatment of asthma, preventing neoplasmic lesions and atherosclerosis. An antihistamine.
- flavonoids– which have a relaxing effect on smooth muscles, with worth to mention naringin inhibiting tumour cells growth
- vitamins A, C, E, K and B3 (niacin)
- beta-caryophyllene (E-BCP) – the substance inhibiting inflammations, used in treating osteoporosis and sclerosis
- calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, boron.
Oregano oil turns out to be very effective in combating many serious illnesses, including, among others:
- foot and nail mycoses;
- sinus infections, colds and coughing;
- urinary tract infections caused by bacteria, such as: E. coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa;
- respiratory infections caused by bacteria: Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus;
- yeast infections, including those that are resistant to commonly used antifungal medications such as for instance: Diflucan;
- parasite infections caused by: Giardia lamblia (its effectiveness has been reported to be even stronger than antibiotics such as for instance: Tinidazol);
- Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA ) infections (Oregano oil has so strong antibacterial properties that it is able to kill metycylin+ resistant Staphylococcus aureus !)
- Food poisoning caused by bacteria such as: Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli and Shigella dysenteriae. Not only does oregano oil kill those bacteria but it also alleviates food poisoning symptoms;
- in Vitro tests, oregano oil even, in slight concentrations, kills 99% of breast, cervical, lung and colorectal cancer cells depriving them of glutathione (an antioxidant). Thanks to the above mentioned, they become vulnerable to an oxidative process causing their death.
Additionally, oregano oil:
- strengthens the immune system;
- has a sedative effect;
- lowers blood pressure;
- alleviates bites and spots;
- turn out to be helpful in treating asthma;
- keeps the microbiological balance of the organism;
- cures herpes, dandruff and other skin diseases such as, rosacea, warts, boils;
- has a positive influence on digestive processes (increases the production of saliva, gastric juices and bile);
- as a strong antioxidant fights free radicals and inhibits ageing processes;
- cleanses the body of toxins (enhances kidney functions);
- improves iron absorption;
- relieves sore throat pain, toothaches;
- has relaxant and antispasmodic effects;
- relieves pains of muscles and joints in case of rheumatoid arthritis (RA); has expectorant properties;
- stimulates bone growth and helps preserve their density (effective in osteoporosis therapy);
- alleviates menstrual pains;
- has an anti-oxidizing effect (may be successfully used to preserve food articles).
There is a simply way to make your own oregano oil!
You will need:
- Fresh leaves, stalks and flowers of oregano
- Carrier oil – sunflower oil is perfect for that purpose (it is very rich in vitamin E)
- Scalded jar with a lid
1. Insert oregano in the jar; subsequently pour it over with sunflower oil.
2. Place the jar in the pot with water. Bring water slowly to a boil, and then switch off the heat source.
3. Leave the jar with oregano and oil in hot water for approximately 10 min, then remove the jar from the pot and place it in a sunny location for 2 weeks.
4. Shake the content of the jar every couple of days.
5. After 2 weeks you may remove leaves and pour the oil into the bottle. Store the bottle in a dry and cold place.
Home-made oregano oil dosing:
- baths – pour oregano oil in a water bowl (e.g. in case of foot mycosis);
- ointment – mix oregano oil with coconut oil in relation 1:3 (1 portion of oregano oil: 3 portions of coconut oil) – spread the ointment over places affected by the disease;
- inhalations – add oregano oil drop by drop into hot water (e.g. in case of infections of the upper respiratory tract, colds, coughing, asthma and dyspnoea).
- oil pulling – mix oregano oil with coconut oil in the relation of 1:3 (1 portion of oregano oil: 3 portions of coconut oil) and place the mixture beneath the tongue for several minutes, and then spit it out. The treatment shall be repeated 4 times a day for 10 days (e.g. to fight parasites)
- syrup – pour oregano oil into a spoonful of warm water, or juice.
- In order to strengthen the organism: use daily half a spoonful of oil in disease high incidence period.
- During the disease course – the treatment of 7-10 days: half a spoonful of oil 2 times a day.