Oregano is a medicinal plant that has properties for antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial purposes. In ancient Babylon and Greece, oregano was used to treat wounds, poisonous bites, heart disease, and even lung disease.
The biggest breakthrough in oil of oregano is that it treats various health issues: skin conditions such as acne, fight off the yearly cold and flue, provides oral care, and used as a disinfectant.
I’ve been taking oil of oregano in capsules for the last two years (with turmeric supplements, which are also crucial for clear skin – helps detox the liver of toxins– review here) and seen my skin improve drastically with combination of oregano + turmeric supplements. Since oil of oregano is nature’s antibiotic, it inhibits growth of bacteria internally, which is the exact same reason why dermatologists prescribe various antibiotic prescriptions to acne sufferers. However, oil of oregano is 100% natural; therefore, it will not have any adverse side effects that prescription antibiotics from a doctor will. Its strength is in its phenols, phytochemicals and flavonoids that are plant based and not chemically synthesized substances.
Oregano oil is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics that has the ability to kill off infection. Oil of oregano is also able to kill the parasite externally where infection sets and within the human body.
Suggested use: 1-2 capsule(s) of oil of oregano daily. You may take a few months off after symptoms of acne subside, then add again into routine.
Oil of oregano may also be used topically on the skin to relieve acne, thanks to anti-inflammatory properties reducing swelling and redness of irritated skin. It is also antimicrobial, which makes it effective for infected skin.
Suggested use: Place three drops of oregano oil into 6 oz. of purified water to make a tonic. Shake well before use. Apply (2X a day) to clean cotton round and apply to the face. Follow by your usual serum, moisturizer and/ or SPF.
Oregano oil contains a substance called carvacrol, which is effective in killing bacteria and helping the immune system to fight viruses, fungi and parasites.
Oil of oregano may be used at first signs of a cold. Just apply 4-6 drops of oil into a hot herbal tea or water and drink 2-3 times per day until symptoms subside. Because of the antiviral and antimicrobial properties, oil of oregano provides relief to the throat and manages to boost the immune system with the powerful antioxidants.
Oregano oil can be added (a few drops) in the humidifier, it can also be used for inhalation for colds.
The digestive tract is one of the most important systems of our body. Thanks to the antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, oil of oregano prevents disintegration (decay) of food in the stomach. Take 1 capsule (100 percent pure oil of oregano) every few hours – up to 4 or 5 times per day until symptoms subside. It treats food poisoning by killing off the bacteria in the intestinal tract through the carvacrol and thymol compounds. However, oil of oregano must be taken at the first symptoms of food poisoning; otherwise it may be too late.
Oregano oil contains a substance under the name, thymol. Thymol is used in various personal care products, especially in the care of an oral cavities. Thymol kills bacteria, helps fight plaque, and fight off unpleasant odor from the mouth. Due to the presence of this substance (thymol), oregano oil can be used for cleaning teeth. Oregano oil is highly concentrated; therefore, it should be applied in very small quantities. To brush your teeth – you will need to add 1-2 drops of oil of oregano on top of toothpaste on the brush.
NATURAL HAND SANITIZER
Among other uses of oil of oregano, it can also be successfully used for preparation of a natural hand sanitizer. This natural remedy for hands will be particularly important during the flu season. To make it – mix 2 tablespoons coconut oil + 10 cap. Oregano oil. Mix thoroughly. Apply to the skin. This natural disinfectant is also particularly suited for use in the winter, because our skin needs additional moisture during those months.
- Oregano oil contains large amounts of nutrients. This medicated oil is also rich in essential minerals (magnesium, zinc, etc.) and vitamins.
- Studies have shown that the use of oregano oil for 6 weeks leads to cleanse of the body. Using oregano oil is also helpful for the prevention of pests. Oregano oil successfully fights against tapeworms (worms, tapeworm), lice, fleas, mosquitoes and insects.
- Due to the fact that oregano oil has a beneficial effect on a wide range of problems, it is desirable to always keep in the medicine cabinet. Oil of oregano helps with bladder problems, bleeding, heart failure, headaches, stomach pain, intestinal infections, toothaches, etc. Some sources claim that oil of oregano is able to kill salmonella and E. coli.
Contraindications: pregnant and lactating women are strictly forbidden to use oil of oregano!
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Have you tried oil of oregano for medicinal benefits?
Thanks for the post about oregano oil, I never knew about it. I see that it helps with acne too, I’ll have to try it 🙂
If you’re suffering from acne, then definitely give oil of oregano a try. It works by ‘gently’ killing off the infection internally – the same way that prescription antibiotics do, but without the nasty side effects. I would also encourage you to take turmeric supplements along with oregano – turmeric cleanses and detoxifies the liver (where all the toxins are stored), which is also crucial for a healthy complexion.
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Wow, this oil of oregano seems to be an all in one product.
Thank you Kseniya for this very informative post. I had never heard of oil of oregano before and was really happy to discover it here. I better have this oil handy from now on.
I have a one year girl who’s starting a flu. Do you think I could use that oil fir her? What are your recommendations?
For a one year old girl- I would not advise to give oil of oregano. I’m not familiar on how children under 12 take on various herbs. Also, since oil of oregano is in supplement form (capsule) – I would not encourage that to be given.
However, what I can recommend is a natural elderberry syrup! It actually works wonders for children and adults alike for the flue! It tastes really good too. Elderberry syrup can be found in health food stores, and some big chain super markets are now carrying them as well. In addition, chamomile tea w/ organic honey soothes throat!