You may have heard of the oregano herb, especially if you enjoy pizza and pasta. Oregano is a Mediterranean herb that is a common feature on Italian dishes. Uses mostly in its dry form, it adds a kick to meals.
But oregano doesn’t just excite our taste buds. Its leaves are rich in compounds that are biological active, and which bring with them benefits to us humans. They contain the likes of cymene, terpinene, and thymol, all of which bring with them useful benefits.
Oregano is also rich in oleanolic and ursolic acids, which improve our cell physiology.
The strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties come from a naturally occurring, active ingredient in oregano oil called Carvacrol. This powerful ingredient offers a wide range of health benefits and is said to be just as effective as antibiotics but without any of the undesirable side effects.
It’s important to go for a good quality oil , with a 65%-85% carvacrol content, but also remember that it is very potent, and much too strong to apply or ingest without being considerably diluted. Don’t be tempted to think that the extra strength will be a good thing, as it will be an irritant. Mix it well with either olive oil, coconut oil or in a small glass of water and use carefully, it will then have the pleasant aromatic flavour of oregano so familiar in Italian food.
Effective against candida and yeast infections
When combined with probiotics and an anti-candida diet. A healthy way to treat these complaints and assist the body to correct it’s natural balance without drugs.
Use to treat toenail fungus and athletes foot
When mixed with a little coconut oil and applied directly (twice daily) to affected areas. A great natural alternative to the many ineffective remedies for this annoying condition.
Source of essential nutrients
Oregano oil is most essential to those who struggle everyday to balance their meals in order to get the right nutrients all the time. Oregano oil is filled with vital minerals like magnesium and zinc and vitamins C and E. In order to use it as a source of essential nutrients, regular use of the oil is necessary.
The digestive tract is one of the most essential parts of our body. Without the digestive system working properly, we will not be well for long. Without proper digestion, food will begin to disintegrate in the digestive tract. Oregano oil is renowned to slow down food decay because of its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-oxidant abilities.
If you suffer from allergies, whether seasonal or year round, opt for some oregano as part of your allergy-fighting routine. Oregano oil sedates the hypersensitivity to stimuli – which is what allergies are – to offer relief from allergy symptoms.
Oregano oil works to promote the secretion of digestive juices and helps boost nutrient absorption, meaning you’ll get more out of the foods you eat to promote good health.
Dilute in your favorite carrier oil or lotion and apply to the chest area. For nasal congestion, try adding one or two drops of oregano essential oil on a clean handkerchief and inhale the vapor