Researches and Articles on Health Benefits of Oregano Oil
Oil of Oregano: An herb for all seasons by Ingri Cassel – Idaho Observer (Continued from previous page)
Steven Foster attributes the “fungicidal and worm-expellant properties” of oil of oregano to carvacrol and thymol. Cass Ingram adds that these two phenols work synergistically and that is the reason “oil of oregano packs a double punch in antiseptic power and explains why it is infinitely more potent than commercial phenol in microbial killing power.”
All of this helps make oregano oil a significant factor in treating internal and external fungi including athletes foot. Skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can be improved with the application of oregano oil as well. Ingram explains that “oil of oregano outright destroys all variety of fungi and yeasts, regardless of where they reside.”
In addition to fighting various fungi, oil of oregano is useful against bacteria and parasites. As Ingram asserts, “oil of oregano’s antiseptic powers are immense…it inhibits the growth of the majority of bacteria, something that prescription antibiotics fail to accomplish.” In the case of parasites, oil of oregano has had success neutralizing worms, amoebae and protozoans.
Oregano may help prevent cell damage caused by free radicals. Of all the plants in the mint family, Oregano is the richest in antioxidants. Free radical reactions are most likely involved in inflammation, degenerative arthritis and the aging process in general. Oregano contains four anti-asthmatic compounds; six compounds that are expectorants; seven that lower blood pressure; and nineteen antibacterial compounds.
Additional benefits of oregano oil are unlimited even beneficial for the relief of diarrhea, intestinal gas, and digestive problems, as well as sore throat and breathing difficulties. Oregano oil should be in everyone’s first aid kit to help neutralize bee stings and many venomous bites until medical attention can be reached. Oil of oregano has even been used as a treatment for dandruff, diaper rash, and other skin disorders.
The name Oregano is derived from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). Although the medicinal oil is not used in cooking, it is used both internally and externally. Since 100 percent pure oregano oil is extremely strong, it is recommended that it be diluted with 100 percent pure extra virgin olive oil — one part oregano oil to ten parts olive oil. However one can use the straight oil when putting it into gel capsules for internal use.