Drug resistance is becoming a huge concern among medical researchers and doctors. Bacteria have been known to develop a resistance to synthetic antibiotics like penicillin over the years, and as a result, these drugs are becoming less and less effective for the human population. However, bacteria never develop a resistance to natural antibiotics like garlic and wild oil of oregano. Therefore, it’s important to know the healing properties of these substances, which have been shown to be comparable to penicillin but occur in nature.
Oil of oregano is extracted by steam distillation from wild oregano leaves. The wild oregano plant grows in the pollution-free mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, from where it receives its name, oregano, which means “delight of the mountains.” The oil’s healing properties were first discovered in ancient Greece. Oregano oil (oregano vulgare) and oregano spice (oregano marjoram) should not be confused with one another, though both have been shown to be effective against harmful bacteria. In fact, in 2010, a high school student in Warsaw won the Manning Young Canadian Innovation Award at a Canada-wide science fair for her invention of a water filter that uses oregano to kill bacteria in water. Upon discovering that her grandfather’s oregano-rich spaghetti sauce could last for over three weeks in the refrigerator, without spoiling, Canadian high school student, Alyson Bell hypothesized that oregano has antibacterial properties. She put her hypothesis to the test by building a water filter that utilized oregano as its main component and discovered the healing properties of this amazing plant.
Wild oil of oregano has properties that are not only antibacterial, but antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic, as well. The two key compounds in the oil – carvacrol and thymol – are what make it so effective at fighting off infection. The carvacrol concentration should be at least 70 percent, but is sometimes greater, in which case the oil must be diluted with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, before it is consumed. Oil of oregano can be purchased as a concentrated liquid or as capsules or tablets, and may be used topically or ingested internally to treat a variety of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, including: skin infections, eczema, itches, irritated gums, digestive problems and upset stomach, sinus congestion, colds, sore throats, allergies, dandruff, diaper rash, athletes foot, respiratory problems and internal and external candida yeast infections. For sinus congestion, you can put a few drops into a bowl of boiling water and inhale the steam. To treat babies, rub a diluted mixture into their feet; and to treat ear infections, rub the oil along the outside of the ear, being careful not to put it directly into the ear canal.
Marketed as a dietary supplement, this essential oil acts as an effective immune booster. People with weakened immune systems can take oil of oregano (also called oreganol) to strengthen immune function and fight off illness. If taken daily, its antioxidant properties help to stabilize the body’s free radicals in order to slow the process of aging and reduce the risk of autoimmune disease. It is best to take oil of oregano consistently throughout the day, rather than taking many drops all at once.
Oil of oregano is also an effective anti-inflammatory and can help reduce pain associated with migraines, muscle aches, bee stings and insect bites. It is not recommended for pregnant women, as it acts as a blood thinner and may also lower iron count. Iron is essential for healthy fetal development.
With so many healing properties, you may be able to avoid visits to your doctor’s office, simply by supplementing your healthy, raw foods diet, with wild oil of oregano on a consistent basis. While synthetic antibiotics can degrade your immune system function, oil of oregano helps to boost immunity, helping you to fight off infection more effectively.
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