Oil of Oregano

21 Mar

Oil of Oregano is has a multitude of uses and in my opinion should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.

A report out of the University of Arizona said that oil of oregano is a powerful nutrient for fighting harmful bacteria and preventing cancer. It was discovered that carvacrol, a phenol of oregano oil, exhibits powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial activity when consumed and and also when added to foods.

Oil of Oregano is well recognised as a powerful antibacterial during lab tests and is widely used as a natural treatment for intestinal parasites and yeast overgrowth.

I have been using Oil of Oregano for a number of years, but generally I only use it when i feel the onset of a cold/flu. It certainly seems to help stave off more of the severe symptoms. Also, I sometimes take a few drops of it after eating a meal if i’ve been slightly concerned about the use-by dates or inadequate cooking. As Oil of Oregano is such a powerful antibacterial, my reasoning for using it after some meals is that if there were to be any bacterial contamination of the food i’d just eaten – the Oil of Oregano would knock it out before it had time to multiply and cause me to be ill. *Touch wood* i’ve not had any serious bouts of food poisoning or general illness from eating bad food since. I can’t say the Oil of Oregano is *the* reason for this, unless i’ve just been extremely lucky – i’d say it has certainly helped!

I also occasionally use it for skin issues too. If I ever get a spot or the ingrown hairs I sometimes get from shaving, i rub in a little of the oil to control the inflammation and ensure that it doesn’t get infected. It does the trick very well indeed – usually I put a little on before bed and when i wake up the inflammation has gone right down and the skin looks a lot better. It’s very strong though and people with sensitive skin should be careful using it neat, as it does cause a mild burning sensation.

I did a lot of research when I first discovered Oil of Oregano and the brand that I ended up choosing (based on a number of factors, such as carvacrol content) was by a Canadian company called Enerex. The product comes in a small glass bottle with a glass dropper built in. It’s very strong so you only need to take 2-3 drops at a time.

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