When most people hear the word oregano they think of the herb commonly used in Italian food. However, it can also be concentrated into an essential oil (sometimes called oil of oregano) that is proving to be just as effective as some antibiotics when it comes to treating or preventing various infections. Think of it as nature’s antibiotic that is antibacterial, antiparasitic and antifungal. Still not convinced? Here are some reasons you should always keep some around:
- It’s a Natural Antibiotic
Oregano oil and the carvacrol it contains can help fight bacteria. Research has also shown that oregano oil may be effective against types of bacteria that can become resistant to antibiotics.
- It’s Considered a Powerful Antioxidant
Oregano can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. Since oregano oil is very concentrated, you need much less oregano oil to get the same antioxidant benefits as you would with fresh oregano.
- It Could Help Treat Fungal Infections
Oregano oil is considered a natural antifungal. In test-tube studies, oregano oil has been shown to be effective against the most common form of yeast, Candida. It has also been proven to help manage athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
- It May Improve Gut Health
Since oregano oil can help fight parasites, it can also help relieve common gut symptoms caused by parasites such as diarrhea, pain and bloating. Oregano oil may also help protect against another common gut complaint known as “leaky gut.” This condition happens when the gut wall becomes damaged, allowing bacteria and toxins to pass into the bloodstream.
- Can Help With the Common Cold
Oregano oil can help reduce or even prevent symptoms of the common cold when taken at the first sign of symptoms. It works great at relieving congestion when used as a steam inhalation. Simply add a few drops of oregano oil to a bowl of boiling water, place a towel over your head and breathe in the vapors for 5-10 minutes. The hot steam helps to loosen mucus, open up the airways, and the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil help to soothe and relieve allergy symptoms.
We bet you are now convinced to give oregano oil a shot! The taste might be unpleasant at first, so find a way to dilute it that works for you so you can be sure to reap all its benefits.