In this day and age when antibiotics are overprescribed, it’s good to look for natural alternatives to use. I’ve found oregano oil to be a potent contender. So, let’s take a look at some of the benefits that are supported by research.
Fighting bacteria. Research finds that a compound called carvacrol, which oregano oil contains high levels of, is effective in eliminating the bacteria staphylococcus aureus and staphylococcus epidermidis. Taking the supplement or rubbing it on the skin may help a person eliminate it. In addition, the authors of Frontiers in Microbiology, found that a combination of oregano oil and colloidal silver effectively eliminated antibiotic resistant staph bacteria they tested.
Treating fungal infections. Thanks to high levels of thymol, oregano appears to be a potent antifungal treatment for common candida fungal infections such as, oral thrush, yeast infections, infected toenails or fingernails and athlete’s foot.
Providing antioxidants. I am always trying to incorporate antioxidants into my diet and Oregano is a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants help protect the body from oxidative stress and free radicals.
Reducing inflammation. Chronic inflammation can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontitis and hay fever.
Repelling insects. Okay, with summer around the corner this is definitely good to know! Both carvacrol and thymol have shown in research studies to repel some ticks and mosquitos by rubbing diluted oregano oil on the skin.
Aiding in weight loss. Researchers have found that carvacrol, a main ingredient in oregano oil, disrupts part of the process that leads to the creation and accumulation of fat tissue.
Fighting cancer. Some sources show that oregano may help fight colon and breast cancer. The oil also showed to inhibit some lung cancer and prostate cancer cells.
These are all good reasons to give oregano oil a try. There are different forms of oregano oil and if you plan to take it as a supplement you would use food grade oregano oil but if you plan to use it topically then the essential oil could be used in a diluted form.