Saturday, June 16, 2012

Oil of Oregano Healing


Herbs play an important role in the way they transform food.  But did you know that herbs hold power and energy and may be used for healing?  All herbs have healing properties and understanding the essence of the science behind herbs is called Ayurvedic Herbalism.  

"Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.”  It is a science of living that encompasses the whole of life, and which relates the life of the individual to that of the universe.  As such it is open to and includes all life, and all methods that bring us into greater harmony with life. Ayurveda is not of the east or the west, of ancient or modern time. It is one with all life, a knowledge that belongs to all living beings"

Frawley, Dr. David; Lad, Dr. Vasant (2001-11-01). Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine

I've been researching Oil of Oregano and had an encounter with a medicine woman recently at a local Whole Foods Market.  She called herself Eagle Woman and had studied healing with American Indian Tribes and evidently works on the weekends at the local Whole Foods store.  I was discussing my issue with my psoriasis and sinuses and she took one look at my hand and handed me a bottle of Oil of Oregano.  I thought, what the hell - I had just read about that and I'll try it.  After some research I found the following information that I believe you will find pretty interesting as well.

Wild Oregano has been helping people in the Mediterranean maintain good health for centuries. Studies have been performed and confirmed on the powerful antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties of Wild Oregano. Oil of oregano is one of the most potent antiseptics known to man.   Its anti-microbial properties have been thoroughly tested.   It is so effective that in terms of its ability to kill a wide range of microbes, there is nothing better in either synthetic or natural medicine.

A long list of ailments that have been effectively treated with the use of Oregano Oil:

acne, allergies, arthritis, asthma, athlete’s foot, candida, constipation, croup, dandruff, diarrhea, digestive disturbances, insect bites, bronchitis, canker sores, colds, flu, earaches, fatigue, gum disease, headaches, menstrual irregularities, muscle pain, parasites, pulmonary tuberculosis, pneumonia, psoriasis, toenail problems, seborrhea, ringworm, rosacea, sinusitis, varicose veins and warts.

Oregano is high in Carvacrol which is a type of phenol and is only found in a few herbs, most notably, oregano. Phenols are well known as being potent antiseptics and synthetic phenol, known carbolic acid, was the standard antiseptic in use for much of the 20th century.  Even as late as the 1950s, carbolic acid was used in hospitals to sterilize instruments prior to surgery.

According to research done at Georgetown University in 2004, it even kills antibiotic-resistant super-germs. And it does this without causing any bacterial resistance.  This is something that even powerful pharmaceutical drugs are unable to do. 

The Greeks used oregano to treat conditions such as headaches, wounds, lung disorders, snake bites, and even congestive heart failure. But what can it be used for today?  

Teenagers can use it to treat acne.  Just add a few drops of the oil to the liquid soap and also lightly dab directly onto the skin. Don’t apply it to skin that is broken or it burn slightly.  

Since arthritis is an inflammatory disease, oil of oregano possesses very strong anti-inflammatory powers, which makes oil of oregano an ideal treatment for arthritis.  It may be taken internally or by rubbing it on the point of pain, therefore it will help alleviate the pain.  Phytotherapie Research published a study that showed that the oil had morphine-like properties, and so is well-suited to pain relief. 

You can increase your intake of vitamin K, which is one of the more commonly undervalued fat-soluble vitamins. Increased vitamin K intake can help improve your cardiovascular system by keeping calcium away from your arteries, among other things. And speaking of calcium, vitamin K is also effective for keeping your teeth and bones healthy as well as reducing risks for diseases such as osteoporosis.

Oil of oregano also increases your intake of essential minerals such as manganese and iron. Iron helps in lowering risk for cancer and treating insomnia as well as improving your sleep. Iron is also known to strengthen the immune system. Manganese, on the other hand, is known to aid in calcium absorption, metabolism, and regulation of blood sugar levels.

Oil of oregano is obtained from the oregano plant. But not all oregano plants are the same, and the medicinal quality oil is distilled from specific species of wild oregano, usually grown in the pristine mountains of the Mediterranean. As far as its antiseptic properties go, the medicinal variety of oregano bears no relation at all to the commercial oregano grown for food production. This point often causes a great deal of confusion.

Sinusitis can be treated using oil of oregano.  Recent studies at the Mayo Clinic showed that mold is the contributing factor to sinusitis and it was growing in the sinus cavities.  Oil of oregano is the perfect solution to treating mold plus it can assist with opening up blocked sinus passages.  This is the first reason I purchased oil of oregano.  I was having persistent sinus issues and didn't want to take a decongestant due to my heart

But beware that you shouldn't use oil of oregano inside the nasal passages, as they are far too delicate. There is also an oil of oregano nasal spray available, called SinuOrego and it is ideal for this purpose.   

Oil of oregano’s compounds, including carvacrol and thymol, are very effective in killing Candida, one microbe that is suspected of causing eczema and/or psoriasis.  In this respect, oregano oil can be a good alternative for treating these skin ailments.

Apply oil of oregano topically to the affected skin area. Mix 2 drops of oregano oil with 5 ml of extra virgin coconut oil and rub this mixture in the affected area twice a day.  If your skin is irritated and develops a rash, discontinue this procedure and just take it internally.

Take 2 to 4 drops of oregano oil daily. You can put it under your tongue or you can mix it with a glass of water, juice or tea.  If you are able to use this oil topically, taking it internally as well will facilitate your healing.
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I just purchased Oreganol brand to use.  It's pretty expensive...about $30 for a very small bottle.  But, I'm hoping to have it assist with healing my psoriasis and sinus issues I'm experiencing.  My inflammation has halted since I started a wheat free diet which is the best news I've received in a very long time!  However I'm still experiencing issues with my psoriasis.   So hopefully using this oil of oregano will do the trick!  Have you had an success using oil of oregano?  If so, share your story with me.

Thanks for stopping by...Stormy 

 

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Any luck?

Stormy said...

Yes! It has helped and I also have found that eliminating gluten from my diet has helped diminish completely the pain and inflammation. This oil is hard to choke down though. Thanks for asking. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

My husband took oregano oil orally, He took like half the bottle. He didn't read anything about it. Is that harmful to him.

Anonymous said...

Hi Stormy. I buy empty gel caps and put several drops of oregano inside. I then swallow the gel cap with water. It's a lot easier to take that way.

Anonymous said...

Solaray has oregano in capsule form and it costs less than $10 for 60 capsules (in Texas). There's no need to spend a bunch of money, or ingest the oil in drops because, to me, it tastes horrible. And instead of waiting until I feel like I'm getting sick, I take three capsules once a month, twice a day, for three days straight as a preventative. I'm healthy all the time. I can't say enough wonderful things about this product. I'm 55 and am not on one single medication.