Herbal Remedies: Oil of Oregano

December 16, 2011
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You may already love it for what it adds to Italian meals, but true oregano is a potent herb that, when its oil is extracted, can serve a variety of health needs. Our practitioners often recommend it as a potent immune booster, and it’s also lauded for its antiseptic and antifungal properties, ideal for skin conditions, infections and candida.

The wild oregano plant (origanum vulgare) grows mainly in the Mediterranean region, in countries such as Greece and Italy. The resulting oil contains powerful plant phenols, notably carvacrol and thymol, which help support a healthy microbial environment in the body.

In addition, Oil of Oregano has been proven to be an effective anti-inflammatory for joint pain, sore muscles and other aches and pains. The oil contains naturally occurring calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron, manganese and vitamins C and A, all of which can be beneficial both internally and externally.

Oil of oregano is sold as a liquid extract and in capsules, and can be taken several times a day when trying to fight sickness. Taking it internally can also help alleviate allergy symptoms, respiratory problems and stomach problems. Because of its potency, most experts recommend that the oil first be diluted in extra virgin olive oil or unrefined coconut oil, but many extracts are already available in this diluted state (such as Pharmaca’s own Oregano Oil).

Other uses:

  • Add a few drops of oil of oregano to your shampoo for natural dandruff relief
  • Rub into sore joints and muscles to relieve pain
  • Apply to bee stings and insect bites to speed healing
  • Apply to skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis or eczema
  • Inhale vapors directly from the bottle to relieve respiratory congestion

Look for oil of oregano products at Pharmaca from Natural Factors, Herb Pharm, Gaia Herbs. As always, please consult a Pharmaca practitioner or your physician before taking any herbal supplement.

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