Mother Nature has offered so many ingredients and we all need is to use them and enjoy all their benefits. One of them is the oregano herb, a staple condiment in our favorite meal, pizza.
However, not many people are aware of the incredible potency its oil can have on our body in terms of health. The oregano oil is considered to be the ultimate natural antibiotic known to science. Oregano has in its content three times more antioxidants than blueberries, and the oil is the richest source of carvacrol.
This herb was commonly used and grown in Europe, but nowadays it is grown all over the world. This herb has been used since ancient times and ancient Greeks and Romans valued it a lot due to its powerful medicinal qualities. The word oregano comes from two Greek words, “oros,” meaning mountain, and “ganos,” meaning joy or delight.
The oregano oil is obtained by air-drying the leaves and shoots of the plants, and then it is extracted and concentrated by steam distillation. This oil can eliminate various strains of bacteria, by destroying their cell membranes and impeding their replication. Unlike the pharmaceutical antibiotics it kills only harmful bacteria, and leaves the beneficial probiotic bacteria intact. This natural antibiotic keeps our gut, and does not cause any adverse effects.
The oregano essential oil is packed with phenols, compounds that have beneficial antioxidant effects and prevent free radical damage. Namely, it contains four main groups of chemicals that are active healing agents and act as antioxidants and antiseptics. Plus, it is an incredible source of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, Niacin, potassium, boron, and vitamins C, and A (beta-carotene).
Here are some of the components that contribute to the potency of this essential oil:
Beta-caryophyllin (E-BCP) acts as powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
Carvacrol reveals powerful healing virtues and battles against several types of bacterial infections such as Candida albicans, salmonella, E. coli, listeria, staphylococcus and more.
Linalool helps with stress and anxiety relief.
Naringin incites the antioxidant effect and prevents cancer growth.
Rosmarinic acid is a component with strong antioxidant and antihistamine effect thus successfully treating swelling and allergic reactions.
Thymol demonstrates powerful antiseptic properties and thus deals with fungal infections, removes toxins, and supports the healing.
Terpenes have strong anti-bacterial features.
Esters like linalyl acetate and geranyl acetate provide antifungal properties, and the two long-chain alcohols linalool and borneol offer strong antiviral and antiseptic properties.
In order to reap all the amazing benefits of oregano oil make sure to buy one hundred percent raw, pure, unprocessed, additive-free, and steam distilled oregano oil. Since carvacrol is its most potent compound aim for the oil that contains the highest percentage in the range of 50% to 85%.
Have in mind that although the oregano essential oil is a natural antibiotic it has to be used just like any antibiotic for a limited period of time. Therefore, take it orally for 7 to 10 days at a time. In order to avoid any allergic reactions, drop some of it on your arm and if there are no reactions you can use it safely. Make certain to always use it diluted with“carrier oil” like coconut or olive oil.