Oregano oil is a powerful essential oil that could be appropriate for antibiotics when it comes to treating or preventing various infections. In addition to being highly antibacterial, oregano essential oil also has antiviral and antifungal properties.
Unlike prescription antibiotics, oregano essential oil will not cause most of the harmful side effects commonly attributed to the high use of prescription antibiotics such as the increased risk of antibiotic resistance, poor gut health due to its devastating effects of beneficial bacteria on the gut, reduced vitamin absorption, etc.
Oregano essential oil contains two potent compounds called thymol and carvacrol, and both have been proven to have potent antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The oil is primarily composed of carvacrol, which offers its antiviral properties.
One study conducted in 2011 found that oregano essential oil can inhibit both human and animal viruses. According to the researchers, this action is probably due to carvacrol, which is one of the main compounds in oregano oil. Although carvacrol itself was more effective against certain viruses, oregano oil was more effective against respiratory viruses, such as the flu virus.
In addition, other studies have also shown that oregano oil reduces the activity of murine norovirus within 15 minutes of exposure. Norovirus is a highly contagious and underlying cause of gastric flu in humans. Oregano oil and carvacrol have also been shown to have antiviral activity against the herpes simplex virus, rotavirus (a common cause of diarrhea in infants and children) and various respiratory viruses that cause respiratory infections.
Both carvacrol and oregano essential oil appear to act directly on the virus capsid and subsequently on the RNA of the virus.
Oregano oil contains the other four groups of chemicals, which are powerful medicines that act as antioxidants, antiseptics, antivirals, and antibacterials. Borneol and linalool are long-chain alcohols that have antiseptic and antiviral properties. Other components are geranyl acetate and linalyl acetate, which show antifungal properties.
When and How To Take Oregano Essential Oil
As soon as you get sick, take oregano essential oil. This will strengthen your immune system, release congestion and provide energy. Oregano is also a very effective fever reducer. Although completely natural, oregano oil is still a powerful antibiotic/antiviral, so you should take it only for a short time.
To treat systemic infection, add 3 to 4 drops of 100% therapeutic oregano essential oil to a glass of water and drink 2 to 3 times daily before meals. For some people, these few drops can cause a little burning sensation in the mouth. Therefore, if you can’t handle it, reduce the number of drops.
Take oregano essential oil orally for only 7 to 10 days at a time. Take a 7-day break if needed and continue for another 7 to 10 days. Oregano is an essential oil so powerful that it should not be consumed on a long-term basis.
Other Uses of Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano essential oil is effective in treating various health problems. In addition to respiratory problems (pneumonia, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, flu/cold), oregano oil can be used to treat ear infections, candida, tuberculosis, arthritis, animal bites, giardia, rashes, and diarrhea…
Oregano Essential Oil:
- It can destroy organisms that contribute to the development of skin infections and problems with bladder, digestion, urinary, and food poisoning.
- It stimulates the immune system.
- Increases muscle connectivity and flexibility.
- It can be used for skin problems like athlete’s foot, acne, and dandruff.
- It can also help with joint and muscle pain.
You can combine 2 to 3 drops of oregano oil with a small amount of aloe vera gel or coconut oil and apply on nail fungus, acne, cold sores, shingles or psoriasis skin condition. Do not use oregano essential oil on broken or sensitive skin as it may cause burning. Use a clean cotton pad each time to avoid bacterial spread.
To relieve sore muscles, joints and back pain, combine the same parts of oregano oil with career oil such as coconut or organic olive oil and apply to the affected area. You can also add 1 to 2 drops of oregano essential oil to your toothbrush to remove the bacteria that cause cavities and bad breath.
How To Choose Oregano Essential Oil
When buying oregano essential oil, look for the oil that contains the highest percentage of carvacrol. The percentage of carvacrol is usually between 50 and 85 percent. Only buy 100 percent pure, raw, unprocessed oregano oil without additives. Steam distilled oregano oil is better!