Oil of Oregano
Origanum vulgare: From the flower of the wild oregano plant, we get a powerful herbal medicinal oil, known as the Oil of Oregano. The health benefits are listed below.
Oil Extracts of Oregano
It is a natural substance that is extracted from the flower of the wild oregano plant. This plant is found in the mountainous desert areas far from the urban pollution. The oil is extracted when the oil content in the flower is at the highest level, and the necessary medicines are then made without any chemical additions. The oil in itself is so powerful, that there is no real need for any external chemical additives. The word 'oregano' is derived from a Greek word meaning, 'joy of the mountains'. The plant is widely grown in the Mediterranean, and hence the medicinal properties of this plant were first discovered and widely used by Greeks. Indeed it is said that the legendary father of medicine, Hippocrates, used the oil for curing a variety of illnesses such as stomach pain and various respiratory diseases.
Today, the health benefits of oregano oil are known far and wide. The oil has several crucial minerals like beta-carotene, niacin and copper, along with antioxidants and various other nourishing nutrients. It also contains Carvacrol, a powerful anti-microbial chemical; Flavonoids, which have natural antiseptic properties and Terpenes, which are natural anti-inflammatory agents. Being a combination of such diverse and potent components, the uses of oregano oil are diverse and many.
- It is used as a strong, yet natural, cleansing agent.
- Oregano oil can be used in hand wash and soaps, to enhance their anti-microbial properties, thus helping to prevent cold and other diseases spread by viruses. In case you did NOT use a soap with oregano oil, and caught a flu or cold, it gives you a second chance! The oil has superb microbial properties, that can kill most viruses and other germs on contact, helping your body fight against those harmful diseases. It also helps in killing germs that cause digestive problems and diarrhea.
- It is almost as effective as morphine as a painkiller AND without side-effects! It is used as an anti-inflammatory drug for curing wounds, cuts and sores. It is furthermore useful for insect bites as it destroys the germs in the affected area, and helps reduce pain. Oil of oregano finds its uses in treating muscular pains and joint pains. A must-have for young athletes and old arthritis patients.
- It also has anti fungal properties which help in fighting yeast infections, mucus and mucus-like conditions, athletes' foot problems, dandruff and curing allergic reactions.
- It's also used to fight various other bacteria-related problems such as acne, bronchitis and sinus-like respiratory problems.
They say herbal remedies are the future, as cures to several diseases, that may not be found in chemical compounds, may be efficaciously remedied by their herbal counterparts. Furthermore, one medicine extracted from nature is the answer to multiple problems, that too without harmful side-effects. Oregano oil is just that. One oil, many cures. No side-effects!
By Arjun Kulkarni
Uses of Oregano for Medicinal Purposes
Oregano plant has been used for the treatment of various diseases since thousands of years ago. Medical researches reveal that oregano contains antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-parasitic compounds. Considering these medicinal properties, the studies are ongoing to use oregano for the treatment of severe diseases such as heart disease and muscular degeneration.
An antioxidant nature of oregano is evident from the presence of thymol and rosmainic acid. These compounds help in scavenging free radicals, thus preventing cell damage and membrane alteration. The amount of antioxidant present in a tablespoon of fresh oregano and a medium-sized apple are the same.
The volatile oil carvacrol present in oregano inhibits the growth of bacteria and other parasitic microorganisms. Some studies found this medicinal herb to be more effective in killing Giardia than the prescription drugs. Oregano supplements are also used for external and internal fungal infections. Patients with candidiasis have experienced a remarkable relief from the symptoms after using oregano.
Oregano is used for the treatment of flatulence, bloating and other indigestion problems. It enhances the secretion of saliva and serves in improving digestion. It is also effective in overcoming menstrual symptoms and promoting menstruation. Some people use oregano as a natural remedy to treat cold and flu symptoms.
Herbal tea prepared with oregano helps in alleviation of headache, urinary problems, lung disorders, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and jaundice. Oregano boiled in plain water can be used as a mouthwash. Gargling with this water can help to prevent tooth infection and sore throat. Oregano oil applied directly to the infected tooth helps in combating toothache. Ground oregano leaves soothe arthritis pain, insect bites and other skin problems. Its bitter taste and strong aroma help in controlling head lice.
Side Effects of Oregano
In general, there are no serious side effects of oregano. However, this medicinal herb can lead to certain health problems, if administered in high doses. Some of the commonly observed adverse effects include skin allergies such as hives, skin rash, itching and chest discomfort. The side effects of oregano are mostly observed among the people having allergies to herbal supplements.
As of now, scientific evidences are lacking to prove the medicinal benefits of oregano. However, the studies have claimed the safety of oregano, if used in lower doses. Oregano is not recommended for children, pregnant women and lactating women. Those who have other health conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease should not take oregano without medical supervision. In order to avoid unexpected complications, it is always advisable to seek an advice from a qualified physician before taking oregano.
By Ningthoujam Sandhyarani