What Is Oregano Oil?
Oregano oil is made of the leaves and the flowers of the oregano plant. The oregano oil is powerful antimicrobial and it is powerful against any infection. Moreover, this oil offers a number of health benefits due to its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
This oil has antioxidant properties which are more powerful than the properties of all plants which are aromatic. It is abundant in carvacrol and thymol, which are two potent phenols. This makes oregano oil extremely effective and potent.
To be more precise, these phenols have antiseptic and fungicide properties, and they are able to kill a number of pathogens, thereby breaking the plasma membranes of microbes which induce disease. Furthermore, they are able to counteract free radicals, heal and repair cell damages and damaged tissue and boost the immune system.
Composition of Oregano Oil
Oregano oil contains high amounts of phenols, which are natural photochemical compounds (compounds produced by plants) that provide antioxidant effects. The two main phenols found in oregano oil are:
- Thymol: A natural fungicide that helps boost the immune system, protect against toxins, prevent tissue damage, and speed up the healing process for injuries.
- Carvacrol: Helps fight against certain bacterial infections such as salmonella, candida, aspergillus mold, and listeria—just to name a few.
Common Medical Uses of Oregano Oil
- Treats Toenail Fungus– apply oregano oil directly on the affected area twice a day
- Treats Yeast Infections, Candida, and UTIS– in combination with probiotics and Ketogenic diet
- Treats Allergies and Sinus Infections– dilute oregano oil in water and drink
- Treats Croup and Bronchitis– dilute it in water and drink
- Natural Antibiotic- Mix it with coconut oil or water, and take it internally
- Treats Athlete’s Foot and Ringworm– Apply topically in combination with coconut oil
- Treats Gingivitis– Use it for oil pulling in combination with coconut oil
Uses of Oregano Oil
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:
•Treating foot or nail fungus. Put a few teaspoons of oregano oil in a basin of water and soak your feet in it. You can also dilute the oil (mix a drop with a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil), and then apply it on your nails or skin.
•Help 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.
How to make oregano oil at home
a large bunch of oregano – about 2 cups loose packed leaves
1 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
a muddler (or mortar + pestle, but a muddler is preferable)
a glass container with a lid, such as a canning jar
Carefully wash the oregano with water, and pat it dry. Pluck the leaves from the stems until you have about 2 cups worth of leaves.
Transfer about a 1/2 cup of the oregano leaves to the glass container. Use the muddler to mush them around the bottom of the glass. You want to get them good and smooshed so the cell walls burst and they release their oils.
They’ll shrink down a lot, and quickly. Add the rest of the leaves about a 1/2 cup at a time, until all 2 cups have been muddled.
Now, pour the oil over the leaves and use the muddler to stir everything around a bit. It’s best if the oil is a little warm, which you can accomplish by using either a microwave or by letting the oil sit in a pot of hot water. Either way, it will help the infusion if the oil’s warm.
So add the organic olive oil and give it a stir.
Replace the lid. Now you wait.
The oil will need to infuse for at least a week, but ideally two. Keep it in a cool place away from direct sunlight, and give it a little shakey swirl every few days. It will darken to a rich brown color.
When it’s finished infusing, strain the oil using cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Store the oil in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, in the refrigerator, and administer as needed.
Oregano vs. Antibiotics
Many studies have confirmed that oregano oil can be used in place of antibiotics for a number of reasons. Let’s take a look at a study published last year in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences. The phenol in oil of oregano was shown to protect against methotrexate toxicity in rats—methotrexate (MTX) is a medication commonly used to treat a number of conditions, including certain cancers. Turkish researchers analyzed oil of oregano’s ability to keep side effects from these diseases at bay (because antioxidants and anti-inflammatory drugs can be ineffective at fully protecting patients from the side effects of MTX).
In another study conducted by Harry G. Preuss, a professor of physiology and biophysics, researchers tested oregano oil on staphylococcus bacteria, which is becoming increasingly resistant to many antibiotics.
For the study, the team combined oregano oil with the bacteria in a test tube, and compared oregano oil’s effects to standard antibiotics: penicillin, streptomycin, and vancomycin. Using small doses of oregano oil, the team found that it slowed down the growth of staphylococcus bacteria in the test tubes just as effectively as the standard antibiotic did.
The team also examined how efficient carvacrol was, so they gathered 18 mice that were infected with staph bacteria and tested the effects of the oregano oil. Six of the mice were given oregano oil for 30 days, another six mice were given carvacrol in olive oil and another six mice received olive oil on its own.
Researchers discovered that 50% of the mice who received oregano oil for 30 days survived the 30-day treatment. The mice who received carvacrol did not last longer than 21 days. The mice that received olive oil all died within three days.
In another study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, researchers concluded that when physicians prescribe antibiotics, they end up prescribing broad-spectrum antibiotics 60% of the time. (Broad-spectrum antibiotics are drugs that help fight a wide range of bacteria.) Researchers also found that about 25% of the time that antibiotics were prescribed, they were for conditions that antibiotics typically don’t treat.