Oregano Oil Benefits: Medicinal Uses

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Oregano Oil has many benefits and is known as an effective natural antibiotic, anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory containing healing compounds such as carvacrol, thymol and terpinine. These have powerful antioxidant properties and may also help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol levels! In fact, it is higher in antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables and packed full of powerful compounds also known as phenols, terpenes and terpenoids.

Here’s a list of some potential medicinal uses of Oregano Oil:

Bacterial dysbiosis, Candida Overgrowth and other fungal infections, Parasites, Helicobacter pylori, Anti-spasmodic, Respiratory Support, Blood Sugar Balance, Antioxidant.

Bacterial Dysbiosis

Numerous studies have shown oregano to be effective in killing a number of bacterial pathogens including Klebsiella, E.coli, Salmonella, H.pylori and Staphylococcus aureus. The active phenolic components of oregano oil are thought to kill bacteria by altering their membrane and cell wall integrity. Bacteria! dysiosis, or an imbalance between good and bad gut flora, is commonplace in conditions such as abdominal bloating, flatulence, lBS and leaky gut disorder and a variety of other conditions. Eradication of pathogenic bacteria, whilst promoting the probiotic bacteria, is a basic strategy in all these conditions. Importantly. oregano does not appear to adverseIy affect levels of good bacteria in the gut.

Candida Overgrowth

Oregano has been shown to act as a potent antifungal agent in various research studies. Of particular interest is the ability of oregano oil to kill Candida albicans. Various preliminary studies have demonstrated a powerful anti-candida effect, with one study reporting equal effectiveness to that of nystatin — a powerful antifungal drug — in oral candidiasis. Oregano oil does not appear to adversely affect levels of probiotic organisms in the gut, making it an ideal component of an anticandida programme (suggest using it alongside caprylic acid).

Parasites

Studies also suggest a powerful anti-parasitic action. In one study oregano oil was administered to 14 adults known to have tested positive for a variety of parasites including Blastocystis hominis, Entamoeba hartmanni and Endolimax narna. After 6 weeks of supplementation there was complete disappearance of parasites in eight cases and reduction in numbers in a further three. Another study examined the potential of oregano in killing the prolific parasite Giardia lamblia, which infects in excess of 200 million people every year. Giardia adheres to the wall of the intestinal tract and prevents the absorption of food components. It is highly contagious and the most common cause of ‘traveller’s diarrhoea’. Other symptoms include constipation, fatigue and malnutrition. Oregano was shown to cause significant and terminal damage to the structure of the parasite and was more effective than a common anti-giardia drug.

Helicobacter pylori

Oregano appears to be one of the best natural antimicrobial agents against H. pylori, the bacteria responsible for the vast majority of cases of both duodenal and gastric ulcers. H. pylori disrupts the integrity of the protective mucous membrane, which leads to the formation of ulcers and has also been identified as a trigger for gastritis. Recent studies have identified oregano as a powerful antimicrobial against H. pylori, which is generally regarded as being difficult to clear using natural products. One study suggests that oregano works by inhibiting the way the bacteria make energy and produce urease, the substance secreted by H.pylori that neutralises acidity and damages the mucous membranes.

Anti-spasmodic

The volatile oils in oregano are smooth muscle relaxing and may help to inhibit muscle spasm, an effect that is especially prominent in the digestive tract. Oregano could therefore be useful in a variety of digestive conditions includina IBS, flatulence, abdominal cramping, and conditions associated with nervous tension.

Respiratory Support

Historically, oregano has been used to support respiratory function in conditions involving lung and sinus infections. Many chronic sinus problems are thought to be fungal in origin, sometimes with bacterial complications. The combination of potent antibacterial and antifungal activity makes oregano ideal for these types of infection. Oregano has also been reported to alleviate coughs of various types, an attribute that may be due to the herb’s antispasmodic action. It has also been shown to act as an expectorant, helping with the breakdown and expulsion of mucus in catarrhal conditions. The antimicrobial properties would also be synergistic in this regard.

Blood Sugar Balance

Preliminary research suggests a role for oregano oil in diabetes and syndrome X, a condition characterised by poor insulin sensitivity and consistently high insulin levels in the blood. In one study, oregano was shown to normalize blood glucose levels in diabetic rats, and although the mechanism is not well understood, the authors of several studies have hypothesised a role for oregano in humans with diabetes and syndrome X.

Antioxidant

Oregano has tremendous antioxidant activity. In a recent analysis by the US department of Agriculture oregano scored the highest for antioxidant activity of any herb tested. Its activity was forty-two times greater than that of apples, and four times greater than blueberries. Oregano contains rosmarinic acid – the active also found in rosemary – which is known for its incredibly potent antioxidant activity.

The amazing medicinal properties of Oregano may also be used to treat the following:

Ulcers (gastric and duodenal), Gastritis, lBS, Flatulence/bloating, Abdominal cramps, Leaky gut disorder, Sinus infection, Bronchitis, Coughs, Pneumonia, Sore throat, Tonsillitis. It may be used externally for fungal and bacterial skin infections or skin conditions however it should not be taken during pregnancy.

Oregano Oil can be diluted with Olive Oil before use and is available at most health food stores as a tincture or softgel capsule. If you’re currently taking prescription medications, make sure to consult your doctor before you start.

 

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