Is oregano oil in your kitchen or “home remedies” cabinet? Oregano oil is considered to be “nature’s cure all.” Oregano is a popular Mediterranean herb in the mint family that has been used for thousands of years for its culinary and healing qualities. In Greek, the word “oregano” literally means joy of the mountain.
What’s the difference between oregano oil and oregano?
Cooks rely on oregano to enhance the flavor of pizza, pasta dishes, tomato sauce, stew, soup, fish, and meat entrees. Oregano oil is touted for its powerful medicinal components and health benefits. Oil of oregano comes from the same plant as the familiar culinary herb. How it differs is that instead of using the fresh or dried herb plant to season food, the aromatic oils are extracted from the plant’s flowers and leaves and used medicinally.
Wondering why you couldn’t just sprinkle oregano seasoning on your food for health benefits? You can. Oregano is an antioxidant that not only adds robust flavor but important nutrients to your meals.
Healing Benefits of Oregano Oil
To combat an infection, using the highly concentrated oil, instead of the cooking spice is the easiest way to receive ample amounts of its medicinal properties. Cavracol and thymol are two powerful components in oil of oregano that promote healing in numerous ways. Oil of oregano is highly valued for its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal effects.
Antiviral - Proficient at fighting viruses and inflammation, oregano oil is a highly effective remedy for the common cold, flu, chickenpox, and other viral illnesses. Pneumonia and food poisoning are generally considered to be caused by bacteria. However, they can also be caused by a virus. When a virus enters your body, it attempts to take over your cells in order to spread the virus. Oregano oil attacks and rids the body of viral invaders. Thus, it supports immune function.
Antibacterial – Oil of oregano is as beneficial in treating bacterial infections as it is viruses. Infections caused by bacteria, a few include: strep throat, urinary tract infections, and Lyme disease. Some illness such as pneumonia, meningitis, food poisoning, and diarrhea can be caused by a virus or bacteria. Thus, oregano oil removes the guesswork and helps the body eliminate infectious disease, regardless of its microbe origin. Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, this natural antibiotic works with your immune system to fight infection and speed the healing process.
Antifungal - Oregano essential oil was found in a medical university study in Tokyo, Japan to be highly effective in treating foot fungus in a foot bath application. It is also reported to kill ringworm, and various skin infections.
NOTE: Mountain Rose Herbs is an online source for diffusing supplies and essential oils.
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