What is Oregano Oil?Literally translating as "delight of the mountains", oregano has transcended its European and Mediterranean origins to become a worldwide culinary herb, especially in Italian and American cuisine. It is very improbable that you'll eat a pizza in the united states or Italy (or anywhere in the world that makes Italian-styled pizza) without one of its ingredients being oregano. Being closely related to marjoram, classification of oregano has proven to be a very confusing task, but the 'vulgare' variation is the original form of the herb and has a rich reputation in ancient Greek and Chinese medicine. A perennial herb with dark-green oval leaves, and an erect stem, the oregano oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves.
PropertiesThe oil has a pale-yellow color that undergoes browning as it ages. It has a warm spicy herbaceous scent, with a camphoraceous tinge. The main components of the oil are carvacrol, thymol, cymene, pinene, linalool, borneol, bisabolene, terpinene, geranyl acetate, linalyl acetate, and caryophyllene. This blend of constituents gives the oil antiseptic, analgesic, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, expectorant, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antitoxic, antispasmodic and emmenagogue properties among others. The mountain of benefits may just compare with the Everest, but we'll try to get a little way up by picking a few.
- Pregnant women should see their doctor for advice about this oil before use, but it is recommended that they avoid it.
- Keep out of the reach of children, as it is a possible irritant.
Oral careNeed a relief from mouth sores? Or a candida overgrowth? A toothache? Oregano oil has you covered. Its antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and analgesic properties will make certain your mouth stays infection free, and painless.
AntibioticOregano oil is probably the strongest antibiotic amongst essential oils, and even a better solution compared to manufactured antibiotic drugs because it has no side effects. well known for its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral action, both internally and externally. Infections such as acne, eczema, pox, measles, colds, are just a few of ails that will be issued no more.
Expectorant propertiesThis oi has expectorant properties that help prevent uncomfortable deposition of phlegm and mucus along the respiratory tract.
Solves menstrual issuesThe emmenagogue properties of this oil mean the women get to go through their monthly cycle with much more ease by easing the walls of the urethra, making blood flow easier and smoother. It also delays the onset of menopause.
Soothe it outOregano oil is an effective painkiller, that can relieve you from pain, owing to its analgesic properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of the oil, coupled to this analgesic property can help counter headaches, cramps, joint and muscle aches. The oil is also antirheumatic and helps relieve pain if you suffer from arthritis, lumbago, or rheumatism.
Kick out cancerFree radicals in the body (due to oxidation) can damage body cells and cause cell mutations that could lead to tumors and in extreme cases cancer. Oregano oil has antioxidant properties which rid the body of free radicals.
Anti-agingThe benefits of its antioxidant properties also include slowing down the aging process, by repairing some of the damage of free radicals such as wrinkling, muscle degeneration, and nervous disorders, among others.
No site for parasitesTired of putting up with annoying bugs, mosquitoes, lice? Or feeling like cutting down the population of tapeworm and roundworm? Oregano oil is perfect for parasites. It is efficient in eliminating intestinal worms, when ingested, and is a great repellent when applied topically.
- Oregano oil could cause stomach aches and upsets if ingested in excess.
- Some people may be allergic to oregano and should avoid this oil as well.
- While being an emmenagogue, oregano oil can ultimately be detrimental to fetal health for pregnant women. Relaxing of the uterine walls could lead to miscarriages.