As you may or may not be aware, the over prescription of antibiotics can have damaging effects within the body including the destruction of bacteria (aka probiotics) and damage to the gastrointestinal lining as a result (hello leaky gut), antibiotic resistance and reduced vitamin and mineral absorption capacity, just to name a few!
Thanks to natural medicine, there are other alternatives to treat certain conditions without the terrible side effects, which brings us to the amazing healing substance known as oregano oil.
Oregano oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of oregano (Origanum vulgare), and for those wondering, this is the same herb used frequently in cooking, and is also a member of the mint family. The two primary phytochemical compounds of oregano oil that make it one of the most potent and powerful essential oils are carvacrol and thymol. These compounds are antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, allowing for remarkable treatment of bacterial, yeast and viral infections. Furthermore, oregano oil is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and an all-around immune system booster.
So let’s take a look at the research:
- A study undertaken by the Journal of Medicinal Food found the essential oil from oregano was inhibitory to the growth of a variety of bacterial strains, and the most effective against E.coli, Klebsiella pneumonia and Listeria monocytogenes1.
- Oregano oil at 0.25 mg/ml was found to completely inhibit the growth of Candida albicans and also effective as a preventative approach2.
- Of a total of 16 herbal extracts tested, essential oils derived from the genus Oreganum were among the most effective demonstrating potent antifungal activity3.
With that being said, oregano oil can be used to treat the following conditions:
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- Candida albicans
- Sinus infections/colds
- Respiratory infections
- Fungal infections
Please keep in mind when using oregano oil to treat certain conditions, especially conditions within the gut, it is most effective when paired with other supplements and due to it’s potency we recommend working with a qualified health practitioner before using oregano oil. If you need support with your health, whether it be to strengthen your immune system, get to the bottom of any gastrointestinal discomfort or you just want to feel better book in an appointment with a TNN practitioner online today.
- Sienkiewicz M et al., 2012. The antibacterial activity of essential oil of oregano (Origanum vulgare L.) against clinical strains of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Experimental Medicine Microbiology. 64(4): 297-30.
- Manohar V et al., 2001. Antifungal activities of origanum oil against Candida albicans. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. 228(1-2): 111-7.
- Rao A et al., 2010. Mechanism of Antifungal Activity of Terpenoid Phenols Resembles Calcium Stress and Inhibition of the TOR Pathway. American Society of Microbiology. 54(12): 5062–5069.