8 Great Uses for Oregano Oil

    According to Greek myth, oregano was a beloved and cherished herb
    of the goddess Aphrodite. She grew it in plentiful amounts in her
    garden on Mount Olympus. Given this history, it’s no surprise that
    oregano has been studied intensely and its benefits for human health
    are well known. It’s potency is due to the active compound in oregano
    — carvacrol. [1]

    Oregano oil is a potent concentration of the herb and can be applied
    in various ways — directly on the skin or internally. Here are 8 of the
    many powerful ways oregano oil can benefit the body.

    1. Cold Sores

    Cold sores are typically caused by the herpes simplex type 1 virus.
    Although carvacrol isn’t a cure for herpes or cold sores, it has been
    shown to have some activity against the microbes that cause flare
    ups. A recent study suggests that carvacrol can kill up to 90% of
    herpes simplex type 1 viruses within an hour. [2]

    2. Food Poisoning

    Undercooked food is a haven for the toxic organisms that can really
    do a number on your system. Some research has found that these
    organisms may be inhibited by the active chemical compound in
    oregano oil. [3]

    3. Muscle Discomfort

    Oregano itself is tremendously soothing and research shows that
    oregano oil may be helpful for reducing discomfort in joints, muscles,
    and bones. Best of all, it doesn’t work like opioids and doesn’t have
    addictive tendencies. [4]

    4. Promoting Intestinal Balance

    Keeping a proper balance of bacteria in your intestines is crucial for
    supporting good health. A healthy colony of intestinal flora is
    necessary for proper digestion and it defends against sickness. Good
    bacteria also supports the immune system and may be helpful for
    balancing mood. Carvacrol promotes gut health by creating an
    appropriate balance of good bacteria vs. bad bacteria. [5]

    5. Bone and Joint Discomfort

    Redness from irritation is one of the main contributors to arthritis, a
    painful condition that targets one or more joints throughout the body.
    Science is moving swiftly to discover how oregano affects arthritis but
    preliminary studies suggest that carvacrol may hold some promise for
    easing the discomfort associated with arthritis. [6] [7]

    6. Harmful Organisms

    If you travel to underdeveloped areas of the world, you may be
    exposed to organisms that can wreak havoc on your health. Avoiding
    the water may not be enough to completely protect you either. Even
    harmful organisms in your natural environment carry a high infection
    risk, especially if the body is already in poor health. Research has
    shown that carvacrol may be able to fight some of these invaders. [8]
    Bring your oregano oil while traveling!

    7. Yeast Infections

    Carvacrol is to fungus what Raid is to cockroaches. [9] Research
    shows that plants containing this compound are effective in fighting
    candida. [10]

    8. Liver Toxicity

    Toxins exist in our water, food, and even the air we breathe. The ever-
    present barrage of toxins in our environment is extraordinary, and the
    burden it places on our liver is equally mind boggling. Carvacrol may
    help detox the liver, our primary detoxifying organ. [11] Using this
    herb during a regular detox regimen may be helpful for boosting the
    detoxifying process.

    There’s a few options for oregano oil on the market, Global Healing
    Center offers a really nice organic blend of oregano oil. Have you
    tried it? What are your experiences? Leave a comment and let us
    know.

    -Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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