Add oregano oil to your natural healing tools, this oil has a wide range of uses. This herbal oil is a powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off infections. Oregano oil also has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Other ideal uses for oregano oil are:
- Treat foot or nail fungus. Put a few teaspoons of oregano oil in a basin of water and soak your feet in it. Dilute the oil (mix a drop with a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil), and then apply it on your nails or skin for a healthier appearance.
- Helps in killing parasites and easing infections. Dilute the oil (mix a drop with a drop of a carrier oil such as coconut oil), and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Repeat this at least four times a day.
- Alleviating sinus infections and colds. Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water, and then inhale the steam.
Oregano oil is high in phenols, which are natural phytochemical compounds with beneficial antioxidant effects. The two most abundant phenols in it are:
- Thymol — a natural fungicide with antiseptic properties. It helps boost your immune system, works as a shield against toxins, and even helps prevent tissue damage and encourages healing.
- Carvacrol — found to be effective against various bacterial infections, such as Candida albicans, Staphylococcus, E. coli, campylobacter, salmonella, klebsiella, the Aspergillus mold, giardia, Pseudomonas, and Listeria.
Other healthful compounds in Oregano oil include:
- Terpenes — known for their powerful antibacterial properties.
- Rosmarinic acid — an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage and has shown promise in treating allergic asthma and preventing cancer and atherosclerosis. It also works as a natural antihistamine that helps reduce fluid buildup and swelling caused by allergy attacks.
- Naringin — inhibits the growth of cancer cells and helps boost the antioxidants in oregano oil.
- Beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP) — this substance inhibits inflammation and is also beneficial for conditions including osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis, as well as metabolic syndrome.
Oregano oil has wide-reaching health benefits but is most associated with respiratory and immune system health. It is known for helping prevent and treat infections, such as:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by bacteria like E.Coli, Proteus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
- Respiratory infections brought on by Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria strains.
- Yeast infections, even those that are resistant to the commonly used antifungal drug Diflucan.
- Parasitic infections caused by the amoeba giardia — it was even found to be more effective than antibiotics like Tinidazol.
- Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection — A team of Indian and British researchers found that oregano oil has strong antibacterial properties that can help kill this deadly superbug.
Oregano oil works well in preventing food-borne illnesses caused by pathogens like Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, and Shigella dysenteria. Adding the oil to foods not only helps kill the bacteria but helps alleviate food poisoning symptoms.
At the University of Arizona, researchers in an animal study found that oregano oil can help kill norovirus, which causes gastroenteritis. Oregano oil is a prized antiseptic essential oil in aromatherapy because the proportion of phenols is the highest of all aromatic plants.
Oregano Oil has nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, boron, and niacin.
The steam method using Oregano Oil to help relieve coughs and other respiratory illnesses is often used. Oregano oil can also be used to:
- Ward off insects. Carvacrol in oregano oil works as a natural insect repellent. Putting a few drops on outdoor furniture, or apply a diluted mixture on your skin when heading outdoors.
- Relieve bug bites and rashes, including poison ivy rash. Apply oregano oil diluted with olive oil on the affected areas.
- Help heal cold sores, dandruff, and other skin conditions. Some experts advocate using a diluted version to treat acne and rosacea.
- Ease a sore throat. Simply add a few drops to a glass of water. It can help alleviate toothache.
- Help relieve muscle and joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), sprains, and cramps