With its unique healing properties, oregano oil may be the ultimate natural antibiotic. With eight times the antioxidants of apples and three times that of blueberries, oregano oil is a wonderful tool to help boost your immune system naturally.
Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, oregano oil does not contain harmful strains that could have serious effects on your body. However, it can be just as effective in combating dangerous bacteria, without producing biological changes to the body. Also unlike its pharmaceutical counterparts, it will not deplete your body of essential nutrients.
Where Did This Stuff Come From?
Coming from a Greek term meaning “joy of the mountains,” the Ancient Greeks were the first to realize the potential of oregano oil. At first only using it in their foods, the Greeks slowly began to realize the medicinal value of their mountain joy. It was used mainly to treat pain and inflammation but eventually became common for use as an antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal agent.
Hippocrates wrote extensively about the uses of oregano oil and was known to use it for these and many other purposes. In addition to be an anti-almost-everything, he found that it was useful in the treatment of respiratory and digestive illnesses as well. Although the Greeks did not have the modern science to understand why it worked, it was not hard for them to grasp its usefulness and importance. We, on the other hand, do have the capability of knowing why.
The Ultimate Natural Antibiotic
The ingredients of oregano oil consist of a mineral density powerhouse to rival any modern medicine. Ingredients include: calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron, manganese, niacin and vitamins A and C.
Getting Down to Chemistry
The chemical components of oregano oil are slightly above my reading level, so I did a little research to help explain what these things actually do.
- Phenols such as carvacrol and thymol: Antiseptics and antioxidants
- Terpenes such as pinene and terpinene: Antiseptics, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic
- Linalool and Bonreol: Antiviral and antiseptic
- Esters such as linalyl acetate and geranyl acetate: Antifungal
All of these play a large role in the healing properties of oregano oil, but the most important is carvacrol. Studies have shown carvacrol to be one of the most effective antibiotics known to man.
The Good Stuff
When shopping for oregano oil, it is important to know what to look for. First off, you need to be sure to buy real wild Mediterranean oregano oil of either the origanum vulgare or thymus capitatus varieties.
Since carvacrol is by far the most valuable antibiotic ingredient of oregano oil, you will want a brand with at least 70 percent carvacrol concentration.
Oh, and I hear that people use oregano for cooking as well. What will they think of next?