If you’re jetting off overseas to avoid the winter or have come down with a cold or flu, then Oregano Oil is your friend!
No one likes to be sick whilst on holidays, but it’s a time when your immune system is most vulnerable. Therapeutically, in Western Herbal Medicine, Oregano is used to treat respiratory conditions and as a broad spectrum antimicrobial.
Next time you travel, try taking a bottle of Wild Oregano Oil and adding a few drops to your drinking water. It’s convenient to carry as it comes in a little brown bottle with a dropper and doesn’t take up much room.
The main active ingredient in Oregano Oil is carvacrol, which has been found to either eliminate or completely stop the growth of many different microorganisms. This broad spectrum antibacterial activity makes it useful in a diverse range of conditions.
Colds and Flu – Catching a cold on a long haul like is not uncommon. Oregano Oil has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine for helping alleviate respiratory infections such as sinusitis, the common cold, allergies and ear infections. The carvacrol in Oregano Oil has been found to be both antibacterial and antiviral.
Traveller’s Belly- Thymol is one of the active ingredients in Oregano Oil and has been found effective against many food borne pathogens. It is effective against the main bacteria that causes food poisoning and traveller’s diarrhoea (E.coli). A study published in the Journal Phytotherapy Research reported on a small study where it was effective against intestinal parasites with 6 weeks of treatment.
Insect Repellent: Oregano oil is often used in natural insect repellent preparations for its carvacrol and thymol constituents. These constituents have been found to have repellent properties in other plants.
Skin Remedy: Applied topically, Oregano Oil is often used to treat athlete’s food because of its antifungal properties and for acne because of its antibacterial properties. It is also commonly used to help alleviate dandruff and insect bites.
Antioxidant Properties: The antioxidant properties of Oregano Oil are from the active constituents carvacrol and thymol working in synergy together with phenols and other compounds in the oil. For this reason it’s often used as a preservative in cooking and can prolong the shelf life of other oils. When ingested it can help prevent free radical damage from environmental toxins such as exposure to pollution and UV rays.
Cautions: It is not recommended in pregnancy or for children. Always dilute if using on the skin and test a small area first to avoid irritation. Oregano Oil can cause gastrointestinal discomfort in some people and some people may be allergic.
Yours in natural health,
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