8 Great Uses for Oregano Oil
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. 
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 
Bring your oregano oil while traveling!
7. Yeast Infections
Carvacrol is to fungus what Raid is to cockroaches.  Research
shows that plants containing this compound are effective in fighting
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.  Using this
herb during a regular detox regimen may be helpful for boosting the
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
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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