Oregano is a Mediterranean plant which is considered one of the most healing plants in the world.The oregano oil, which is made by a special distillation process of wild species of oregano, so that its healing properties may be preserved, is particularly appreciated in the medical world.The ancient Greeks used oregano oil for treating their wounds, snake bites and respiratory problems.
Oregano oil was also found to be very effective against 25 different bacteria, according to a team of British scientists. It is effective against the majority of bacteria which cause colon and urinary tract infections, cholera, typhus, ulcers, as well as skin infections. And apart from being able to destroy bacteria, oregano oil also has strong anti-viral properties, which is why it is great for treating flu, colds, and coughs.
Another research, which was conducted by Dr. Paul Belaiche, confirmed that the oregano oil kills 92% of bacteria like staphylococcus and even 96% of pneumococcal bacteria.
There are over 40 species of Oregano. The one we mostly use for cooking is Origanum Vulgare.However, the Orgiganum Minutiflorum is the specie that is considered the most healing, whose oil contains up to 90% of the healing active ingredient – carvacrol.
Carvacrol is the most valuable healing substance in the oregano oil, due to its strong anti-bacterial properties.Every day it seems that more and more proof of this oil’s healing properties are being published.
Among 52 other plants that were tested, only the oregano oil was effective against Candida albicans, E-coli, Salmonella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.The aggressive anti-fungal properties of the oregano oil prevent difficult infections like candidiasis, nail fungi as well as athlete’s foot. To treat candidiasis the oil needs to be soaked up, while in nail fungi it can be applied locally.Oregano oil can also be used to treat scalp fungi which cause dandruff by applying a few drops of oil while shampooing.
The oregano oil also contains rosemary acid, which is a potent antihistamine and an even more powerful antioxidant than vitamin E. The rosemary acid is mostly used for treating allergic reactions, bronchial asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and gingivitis.
Allergies can be relieved by simply inhaling the oregano oil. The oregano oil is also very potent in neutralizing poisonous bites like bee, snake, and spider bites, which makes it an extremely valuable remedy for such emergency. It can also prevent infections and reduce inflammations and pains caused by stab wounds or animal bites.