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Oregano Oil

Being known as one of Nature's finest preservatives, the essential oregano oil provides the most diverse health aids available. The oil is impressively used with foods such as meat, eggs, milk, or salad. This will greatly halt the growth of microbes and, thus, reduce the risk for food poisoning. Belonging to the family of Labiatae, the word "Oregano" has been derived from Greek word "oreganos" which means-- "Joy of the Mountains". This magical herbal renaissance potion is applied to treat indigestion, diarrhea, nervous tension, insect bites, toothache, ear-ache, rheumatism, and coughs due to whooping cough and bronchitis (primarily for its antispasmodic effects). Its antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects make it an ideal product to use for people who suffer from CFS and/or fibromyalgia.

Further, there are additional uses of oregano oil that are multi-dimensional. This oil can directly be applied to immediately help
against bee stings and many venomous bites until medical attention can be reached. It has also been suggested as a treatment for dandruff, diaper rash, and other skin disorders. This one of the world's finest natural medicines has a powerful, spicy, camphor-like aroma, along with a pale yellow appearance and medium to watery in viscosity. The essential oil of oregano blends specifically well with the essential oils of Lavender, Rosemary, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cypress, Cedar Wood, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus.
 

History of Oregano
Well known in the Mediterranean world (Greece and Crete) for its ability to slow down food spoilage through its anti-bacterial and related activities, the essential oregano oil (botanically called Oreganum vulgare) is also known as Greek oregano essential oil, winter marjoram essential oil, oregacyn, P73, Oregacyn p73, oregacillin, wild mountain oregano essential oil, wild oregano essential oil, oragano essential oil, and oreganol. In fact, the ancient Greeks were among the first to take advantage of this "delight of the mountains". Originating from Turkey, this veritable natural mineral treasure-house contains such a huge density of minerals that would rival virtually any food.

First grown in the Middle East, oregano was also known as "wild marjoram." The Greeks gave oregano the name oros ganos,

where even today, oregano covers the hillsides of Greece sweetly scenting the summer air. In the 5th century B. C., Hippocrates made an extensive use of Oregano to treat several diseases like stomachache. Paracelsus used Oregano to fight diseases such as psoriasis, jaundice, vomiting, diarrhea, and fungal diseases. Mediterranean people used it to preserve meat. The Greeks and Romans had a custom of placing wreaths of oregano on the heads of newlyweds as a symbol of future happiness. After a bathing, the Greeks would massage the sweet spicy oil of oregano into their foreheads and hair as they enjoyed its scent. Oregano was introduced into Europe by the Greeks and Romans in the Middle Ages. The Greeks treated sores and aching muscles with oil of oregano. Europeans used oregano similar to how they used marjoram, as an aromatic spice, as well as for medicinal purposes.
 

Oil Extraction
The major element found in oregano is the oil which contains carvacrol and thymol as the primary components. The "fungicidal and worm-expellant properties" of oil of oregano are attributed to carvacrol and thymol. These two phenols, constituting up to 90% of the oil, work synergistically. This is why, this oil packs a double punch in antiseptic power and is infinitely more potent than commercial phenol in microbial killing power. Thus, holding the answer for a number of of your health questions, oregano oil is derived from wild oregano species (Origanum Vulgare).

For the oil extraction purpose, only the leaves of the flowering plant are used. These are picked precisely when the plant is highest in essential oil. Obtained through steam distillation, the essential oregano oil (from Origanum vulgare as well as from Thymus capitatus (Spanish oregano)), is a dermal toxin, skin irritant, and mucus membrane irritant.

 

Applicable Benefits
The main chemical components of oregano oil are Carvacrol, Thymol, Cymene, Caryophyllene, Pinene, Bisabolene, Linalool, Borneol, Geranyl Acetate, Linalyl Acetate, and Terpinene. This highly potent purifier provides numerous benefits for human health, including the properties of anti viral, anti bacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic, anti oxidant, anti inflammatory, digestive, emenagogue, and anti allergic. A detail view of these properties is listed as under:

  • Anti Viral: It gives protection against viral infections. This means you become immune against cold, mumps, measles, pox and other problems created by virus.
  • Anti Bacterial: Just as it protects you against viral infections, it protects you against bacterial infections too. This gives you protections against most of the diseases caused by bacteria, such as infections in colon, urinary tract, etc., typhoid, cholera, sores, skin infections and temporary problems such as food poisoning.
  • Anti Fungal: Virus, bacteria, fungi and protozoa are the four agents which are responsible for all types of communicable and infectious diseases. Out of these, fungi are responsible for some of the dreaded and fatal infections, internal and external. They cause some ugly infections of ear, nose and throat, which if not treated early, may reach the brain and prove fatal. Many skin infections are also caused by these fungi. Oregano Oil, if used regularly, internally or externally, can protect us effectively against these fungal infections.
  • Anti Parasitic: Many types of parasites, such as round worms, tape worms, lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, fleas, etc., some living inside human body and some outside, use human body as a source of food as well as act as carriers of communicable diseases. Oregano Essential Oil, when ingested, gets you rid of intestinal worms. Applied externally, it keeps away lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, fleas, etc.
  • Anti Oxidant: This property turns out to be very beneficial in the long run. This protects you from the damages done to the body by the free radicals or oxidants, neutralizes the free radicals and repairs the damages already done. This slows down aging and protects from certain cancers, macular degeneration, degeneration of muscle due to aging, wrinkles, loss of vision and hearing, nervous disorders and many such ailments related to aging and effects of free radicals.
  • Anti Inflammatory: This oil is good on sedating any type of inflammation, internal or external, caused due to any reason.
  • Anti Allergenic: This is another aspect of sedating property of Oregano Essential Oil. Allergy is hyper-reaction of body towards external stimuli. Oregano Oil, being sedative in nature, calms down this hyper-sensitivity and hence gives relief from allergy.
  • Digestive: Oregano Oil promotes digestion by increasing secretion of digestive juices.
  • Emenagogue: This oil is also beneficial for regularizing menstruations and pushing away menopause. Those who are suffering from obstructed menses may get a relief from this.
  • Other Benefits: Helps heal Psoriasis, Eczema, Athlete’s foot, flu and other infectious ailments. Further, it can be used to treat bacterial infections like E Coli, Giardiasis and food poisoning. It relieves congestion. Certain studies reveal that it is as powerful a painkiller as the best ones in the market, with the added benefit that it is without the side effects.
 
Few Words of Caution: The oregano oil can cause irritation of skin and mucus membrane, if taken in higher concentrations or dosages. Pregnant women should avoid using it. It can even reduce the body's ability to absorb iron. Therefore, it is recommended that any regular use be combined with regular consumption of iron supplements.
 
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