Oregano oil benefits for infections, cold and possible side effect.
Oregano oil is often used as an herbal supplement because of its antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It contains healing compounds, such as carvacrol.
Carcavol found in oregano oil is so powerful that it has been been the main focus of over 100 studies. Carvacrol has been shown in studies to help reverse or reduce these common health problems:
Because it has antimicrobial properties, oregano is also used to preserve food quality during storage.
Oregano oil have been used traditionally for respiratory health, and later it’s also become a alternative remedy for cold and flu.
The biggest benefit of Oregano oil is that it is natural alternative to antibiotics:
Frequent use antibiotics can be dangerous because they not only kill bacteria that are responsible for infections, but also kill good bacteria that is needed for optimal health (help digest food, produce vitamins and protect from infections).
Overuse of antibiotics, can cause a range of problems. For example in the tuberculosis treatment by antibiotics most common side effect is lever damage among many other side effects.
However Oregano oil active ingredients help fight harmful pathogens only, including bacteria, yeast and fungi.
As per one research in 2017, oregano oil had strong antioxidant properties. Similarly laboratory research from 2011 found that oregano oil can inhibit both human and animal viruses in vitro.
In another study oregano oil was found to reduced pain in rats due to its analgesic effects ie. Oregano oil might help in painful flu symptoms, such as body aches or a sore throat.
There are many ways to use oregano oil.
(a) You can add a few drops into bowl of hot water and inhale with keeping your eyes closed.
(b)You can also apply it to your skin after adding about five drops to a carrier oil, such as olive oil .
(c)Ideally put one drop of oil on your skin and wait and see if it hurts your skin. You can take one drop of Oregano oil and mix it with one drop of Olive oil and then you may take it and later drink atleast one glass of water.
Oregano oil is a powerful substance, so it’s best to start with the smallest possible dose to see how your body reacts and make sure you don’t take more than the recommended amount listed on the package.
Cautions and side effects:
Oregano oil is very strong so you must dilute it ideally with organic olive oil when taking internally.
Avoid using it if you’re allergic to mint, sage, basil, or lavender.
Avoid using oregano oil if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.
Talk to your pediatrician before using it on a child. It’s always wise to talk to your physician before using any herb or supplement although often many physician may not have heard about it. 🙂