Oil of Oregano Benefits and Side Effects

Oil of Oregano Benefits

Oregano is considered by many to be the main antibiotic given to us by nature. It might be one reasons individuals who eat a Mediterranean diet often lead healthier lives with longer lifespans. Besides making pasta, pizza, and salad taste amazing, the oil of the wild oregano plant is proven to destroy parasites, fungus, yeast, bacteria, and viruses. It’s also a strong antihistamine. New studies are discovering that oil of oregano benefits can be as powerful as prescription medications with no dangerous or unwanted side effects. In addition to all of this, it can potentially regenerate liver cells.

Oil of oregano is produced by the blossoms and leaves of the wild oregano plant. This plant is found where there’s little pollution. It grows naturally in the distant mountainous areas of the Mediterranean. The leaves and blossoms are picked while the oil content of the plant is at its greatest. The Greeks used it to manage illnesses and disorders linked to infection. All manner of holistic healers and health conscious individuals are seeking natural options to take care of infections with the risks of antibiotic use becoming much more clear. They’re discovering that the oil of oregano is an ideal natural option.

Fights Fungal Infections
Carvacrol is a strong antimicrobial in wild oregano oil that fights bacteria like salmonella, candida, listeria and staphylococcus. For external infections, try placing 2-3 drops of the oil right on the infected area. Do this 2-3 times a day until the issue subsides. For most of the essential oils out there, you’ll need to dilute them before they are safe for your skin.

Skin Infections
Oil of Oregano can be applied directly onto your skin to treat itches, skin infections, and even irritated gums. However, this is only if it’s been diluted to ensure no damage is done to your skin.

Helps Your Oral Health
Individuals who endure toothaches or gum problems may gain relief from using wild oregano oil. Wild oregano oil includes thymol, the ingredient in certain mouthwashes, which has antiseptic qualities that will decrease the pain of the toothache and avoid tissue destruction.

Digestive Issues
The large concentrations of carvacrol and thymol in this essential oil have been proven to help with digestion and upset stomachs.

Wild oregano oil includes carvacrol and rosmarinic acid, and they have anti-inflammatory properties which could offer therapy for seasonal allergies and alleviate symptoms like sneezing, itching, and blockage. Dabbing the oil underneath the nose for alleviation of symptoms is a popular method or one can consume the oil when diluted with juice or water. While allergies may be relieved by wild oregano oil in some individuals, there’s a chance of an individual having an allergy to the oil itself.

Helps When Dealing With Colds
Oil of Oregano is great to use whenever you’re feeling a cold or sore throat coming on as it is an exceptional early defense mechanism.

Helps Sinus Headaches and Migraines
It can additionally help relieve sinus and migraine headaches because oil of oregano is really a painkiller. Rub a diluted amount of the oil (with water or a carrier oil like grapeseed) to the region between the eyebrows (be very cautious to not get it to the eyes), and to the temples. The oil may also be inhaled to get it to the head and sinuses directly. You can either just smell the open bottle or add some drops to a boiling pot of water/your humidifier.

Oil of Oregano Side Effects

There are some potential side effects to be aware of even though oil of oregano has many great advantages. It might decrease your body’s capability to consume iron. Thus, it’s recommended that any regular use be coupled with regular ingestion of iron supplements. Because of this, anyone going through pregnancy is advised to steer clear of oregano oil.

Another reason pregnant women should avoid this oil is because it can stimulate blood circulation within the womb, which could weaken the lining that encompasses the fetus.

Individuals who have allergic reactions to thyme, basil, mint, or sage might be sensitive to oregano oil too since they’re in the exact same group of plants. If any skin discomfort, rashes, or nausea does occur when using it, it’s recommended that you meet with your primary health care provider and discontinue use.

Oil of Oregano can be found in several forms such as essential oil or capsule.


6 thoughts on “Oil of Oregano Benefits and Side Effects”

  1. I was wondering if anyone has experienced bruising from the smallest scratch or bump when they consume oil of oregano?
    . Also itching and prickly feeling on upper extremeties?When I scratch itches on my arms I have developed red petechaie varying in size from a dot to 3-5mm circular bruises.
    Could this be allergies to the oil?

  2. Hello Bernice,

    We’re sorry to hear of your concerns. Of the side effects we discuss in the article, the possibility of oil of oregano to lower your body’s ability to use iron is one. While there are many things that can cause increased bruising (from vitamin deficiencies to medications to just plain old aging), iron deficiency has also been linked to bruising. So if you are ingesting oil of oregano regularly and experiencing bruising, you may want to have your iron levels checked. Your physician may recommend an iron supplement.

    As for the itching of the upper extremities, we suspect a possible allergy either to the oil of oregano or some other substance you use or ingest regularly. We suggest first discontinuing the use of oil of oregano and seeing if your symptoms subside. If they don’t go away, we would recommend that you work with a physician to try to pinpoint the cause of the reactions in order to best avoid and manage them moving forward.

    We wish you the best of luck!

    Live Well,
    The NAR Team

  3. Do you think if I take this before bed it wouldn’t interfere with my iron? I have low ferriton and take Iron supplement in the morning and with dinner. What are your thought to take this say 11 PM?

  4. Hi Jackie,
    Many natural health practitioners suggest coupling regular oil of oregano use with an iron supplement, but with your history of low ferritin and the fact that you already take an iron supplement twice daily, we would suggest consulting your physician before starting an oil of oregano regimen. Your physician may simply want to monitor your iron levels or have other advice for taking oil of oregano safely.

    Live Well,
    The NAR Team

  5. Can the side effect perhaps be avoided by ingesting ground oregano(oregano powder) instead of oregano “oil”. Why are all these posts about oregano oil?

  6. My husband had lost his sense of taste after a week of oil of oregano to help his cold. Had this ever happened to anyone?

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