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Staying Healthy with Wild Mediterranean Oil of Oregano
Your first line of defense against all diseases is a strong immune system. Poor diet, stress and lack of exercise combine to deplete your body’s natural defense mechanisms. Canada’s long winters with lack of vitamin D generating sunshine deplete our immune systems even more.
Oregano oil, steam distilled from wild harvested Mediterranean oregano leaves and flowers, provides a multifaceted herbal remedy that works on many different levels to strengthen and assist your immune system.
Antiviral: Oregano oil is renowned for its ability to stop a flu or cold in its tracks. At the first onset of symptoms take 1-3 drops under the tongue every hour and drink plenty of water. Your symptoms should be gone the next day. Continue taking 3 drops 3 times daily to keep your immune system strong. When using public transport, at the office or socializing take a few drops intermittently to stay healthy.
Antibacterial: In repeated laboratory testing, oregano oil has proven its effectiveness against such bacteria as salmonella, staphylococcus, E. coli and some mutant strains such as MRSA.
Use oregano oil topically to disinfect cuts and scrapes and speed wound healing. Oregano oil is very effective in treating bed sores. Many women have found it useful for bladder infections and UTIs.
Antifungal: Oregano oil is one of the most effective and safe antifungals known. Candida infection is rampant due to overuse of antibiotics and diets high in sugar and refined flour. If left untreated it can lead to organ damage and more serious diseases. Start with low dosages and gradually work up. Use topically to banish athlete’s foot and nail fungus.
Antiparasitic: Water borne intestinal parasites such as giardia and cryptosporidium are vulnerable to treatment with oregano oil. Take a bottle to Mexico with you and enjoy your vacation free of stomach upset.
Antioxidant: Oregano oil contains more antioxidants than fresh fruit and vegetables. A few drops goes a long way in helping the body rid itself of free radicals. Scientists recently discovered that oregano oil reduces chemical reactions that produce free radicals when frying with oil.
Anti-inflammatory: Use Oregano oil topically to treat pain and inflammation. It penetrates deeply into joints to help provide relief.
Pets and livestock: Spread the love to your pets and farm animals who will also benefit in the same ways. Avoid using with cats.
How to use oregano oil: Pure oregano oil is caustic and will burn the skin. It must be safely diluted in a good edible oil such as certified organic, cold pressed olive oil. Look for oregano oil that is diluted in a ratio of four parts olive oil to one part oregano essential oil for a safe, effective product. At this dilution it may be taken under the tongue and used topically except on very sensitive areas. Very young children can be treated by rubbing a drop or two on the soles of the feet. Oregano oil can penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream with topical application. A few drops can be put in a steam or cold vaporizer to help defeat airborne pathogens and assist asthma sufferers or people with upper respiratory conditions.
The truth about carvacrol: carvacrol is the majority component of oregano oil and has been widely touted as its most important ingredient. It is true that carvacrol displays strong antibacterial activity but it is only part of the story. In testing, pure carvacrol was demonstrated to be less that 50% as effective as oregano oil in eradicating bacterial infection. That can mean the difference between life and death. It is the other components in oregano oil that contribute heavily to its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, anti inflammatory, antithrombotic, analgesic, anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties. Oils containing more than 86% carvacrol in the essential oil do not have enough of the other components to make them as effective as they should be. Overly high levels of carvacrol usually indicate an adulterated oil which is no longer as nature intended.
Roger Baird is an alternative health researcher and advocate and owner of Hedd Wyn Essentials, first to market with 100% certified organic ingredients in a Wild Mediterranean Oregano oil. He lives on Denman Island, BC. Email at: [email protected]