Oregano oil is extracted from the wild oregano plant whose scientific name is Origanum Vulgare. It is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe. Common oregano is a herb, Oregano Marjoram, that is mostly used to add flavor to the Italian pizzas and Greek cuisines, and not the oregano oil. The herb belongs to the mint family Labiatae and is popular for its health benefits.
Original oregano can be grown in specific soil and climatic conditions only. It cannot be produced in your backyard. The aromatic smell of this evergreen plant has no match. The oil carries antibacterial properties which are useful in treating infections of various types. Wild oregano P73 (polyphenol 73%) is commonly available in the markets. It is 3 times more concentrated than the natural oregano oil. The dosage should be decided strictly under the guidance of a physician.
Uses of Oregano Oil
- The oil is a potent purifier as it destroys microorganisms that cause skin rashes and digestive problems. It contains two compounds, carvacrol and thymol, which significantly affect the harmful microorganisms that tend to cause various infections in human beings.
- You can apply the oil on gums to soothe the irritation.
- In case of cough and itchy throat, the oil is used as a gargle solution.
- It help increase the flexibility of muscles and joints.
- It strengthens the immune system.
- It can clear the serious sinus congestion.
- It strengthens the digestive system.
- The oil helps loosen the phlegm in the lungs, and also relieves spasms in the bronchial passage, thereby strengthening the respiratory system.
- It spares the helpful bacteria while killing the pathogenic ones.
- It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is rich in vitamin C.
- The anti-candida effect of the oil is well proved.
Dosage for Adults
The oil is available in the form of liquid, tablets, and capsules. Wild Oregano P73 is described as capable of even sterilizing septic water and sewage. P73 formula contains 62% carvacrol. Large amount of chlorophyll in it, makes it a strong natural antiseptic. It contains more antioxidant activity than any other herbs and fruits like apples, potatoes, oranges, etc. As it is so strong, you have to start using 1 or 2 drops twice daily through juice or other liquids, when using it internally.
- As a Gargle: Add 1 or 2 drops to a glass of salt water and gargle to get rid of all your throat problems.
- For Bad Breath and Tooth Plaque: Place 1-3 oil drops on the toothbrush and brush your teeth thoroughly. You can do it twice or thrice a day after meals.
- Herpes: You can rub 2-4 drops of the oil vigorously on the spinal column or put 2-4 drops under the tongue, twice daily. Herpes will completely disappear.
- Ear Infection: DO NOT PUT THE OIL INTO YOUR EARS. Take 1-3 drops on your finger, and then apply it on the outer ear. You can place a cotton ball saturated with this oil at the entrance of the ear canal.
- Candida: The oil works great for candida, but the dosage should be watched carefully. It is a volatile oil which can be easily absorbed. Since it is associated with heartburn, it should be taken in the form of coated capsules so that without breaking down in stomach, it is safely delivered to small and large intestine. Doctors usually recommend using 0.2 to 0.4 ml of enteric coated oregano oil supplements, thrice a day, 20 minutes before meals.
Dosage for Children
- 6 Months to 2 Years: 1 drop with milk/juice once a day. Do not use for more than ten days.
- 2 to 5 Years: 1 drop with milk/juice once a day. It can be continued for more than ten days.
- 6 to 10 Years: 1-3 drops with milk/juice, and the usage need not be restricted for any fixed number of days.
- More than 10 Years: 1-3 drops daily, with liquid or under the tongue, twice or thrice a day.
This herbal oil should be used cautiously. You should consult your physician before deciding the dosage as an overdose may lead to side effects. Looking at the innumerable benefits of the oil, we can safely conclude that oregano is the precious gift of nature, and it should be preserved and used well.
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.