The History of Oregano Oil

Oregano has a long history that can be followed back thousands of years, this is true of many herbs. It goes back to as early as 3000 BC when it was used by the Assyrians. Oregano is believed to have originated on the mountainsides of Greece, Italy and other Mediterranean countries. Its name can be credited to the Greeks and is a combination of the Greek words “oros” and “ganos” which together mean “joy of the mountains”. The Greeks and Romans times commonly used herbs for health and medicinal purposes.

Greek physicians including Hippocrates and Maimonides prescribed it for its antiseptic, disinfecting, and immune-boosting properties as well as for the general health benefits it promoted. Due to its antibacterial properties, it was used to not only preserve food but also to treat wounds and skin infections.

When the Romans conquered Greece, they enjoyed the flavour of Oregano and began spreading its cultivation throughout Europe and North Africa, in which regions the herb was used as the flavouring for meats, fish, and even wine. Its use continued into the Middle Ages, at which time it was one of the few food flavourings available.

Oregano oil is starting to get as much more recognition in the medical field as it has in the kitchen. While it’s great for pizza and pasta, it is also a great oil to keep close by for a wide variety of conditions. It is often also used to treat fungal infections, including foot and nail infections. It is also great to keep beginning cold symptoms from developing into a full-blown illness. People would chew the leaves with the hope of relieving indigestion, toothaches, and inflammation. The oil can be ingested, diffused or applied topically, as long as it is diluted.

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1. Improves digestion

Acid reflux, bloating and excessive gas can all be symptoms of a lack of good bacteria in your digestive system, which is a condition called bacterial dysbiosis. With this condition “bad” bacteria such as yeast can overpopulate your digestive tract, causing inflammation in the stomach lining. Oregano essential oil contains an active compound called carvacrol, which has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties and has been proven to effectively kill yeast and other harmful bacteria.

2. Helps to Prevent Cold sores

Human herpesvirus 1 is usually the cause of cold sores. They can be painful during the first few days and are sensitive to touch, heat, cold and even normal actions like yawning, eating and speaking. These sores are almost always caused by the Herpes simplex virus (HSV), there’s no cure for HSV. Most people make the in believing that Herpes simplex is only transmitted sexually but it is also transferred nonsexually. HHV1 infections are contagious and are usually spread from skin-to-skin contact with an infected person through small breaks in the skin or mucous membrane. The HHV1 virus is more likely to be spread through things like sharing eating utensils, razors, and towels from a person who has an active lesion.

Apart from over the counter drugs, essential oils like oregano essential oil have been incredible in managing the sores. It is one of the most popular home remedies for cold sores, and for good reason. Back in 1996, oregano oil’s effects on HSV was found to be substantial.  It is a strong antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal agent. It is also anti-allergenic which allows it to be used across all skins in acceptable doses. Rubbing diluted oregano oil on the site of your cold sore with a sterile piece of cotton gauze may help diminish the size and inflammation of your cold sore. It’ll also help heal it more quickly.

3. Reduces inflammation

Oregano essential oil gains its anti-inflammatory benefits through a compound within oregano essential, called thymol. Thymol has been proven to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, which can minimalize the risk of conditions such as colitis, leaky gut and Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
It is also suggested that oregano essential oil can reduce joint inflammation and pain when directly applied to the skin.

4. Helps to treat Candida

Once you are infected once with candidiasis, a recurrence is always a possibility, it is a very difficult disease to treat. Even though every time the disease comes back, it is usually less severe than the previous infection. it is very important to treat this disease promptly. This will lower the chances of re-infection. Fortunately, there is a solution that can help us deal with this infection right when it starts. By using the oil of oregano, a very well known substance that is effective in not just killing the candida fungus but it also strengthens the body so that it can resist the infection.

The reason why oregano essential oil is effective in overcoming candidiasis is that it contains significant amounts of phenols and flavonoids, with carvacrol and thymol being the most potent. These agents work to fight Candida overgrowth by reacting with the water in your bloodstream, which effectively dehydrates and kills Candida yeast cells.

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5. A Natural Anti-allergenic

Oregano essential oil is a natural anti-allergenic as it helps to reduce the way in which the body reacts to allergens such as pollen and other irritants that can cause discomfort and inflammation in the airways. The carvacrol compound found in oregano essential oil helps to reduce swelling and allergic reactions, acting like a natural antihistamine helping to relieve allergy symptoms such as sneezing, congestion of the airways and irritation.

6. May Help Fight Cancer Cells

Current studies show oregano oil may contribute to cancer cell death, especially in the colon. However, research on oregano oil and cancer prevention is fairly new. It was discovered that oregano almost completely depletes cancer cells of their glutathione which is an antioxidant they need to survive. Without glutathione, cancer cells are highly vulnerable to oxidative stress and quickly die.

Oregano Essential Oil Kills 99% of Breast Cancer Cells in Vitro: Researchers have also shown that oregano oil kills >99% of human breast cancer cells at remarkably low concentrations. The facts remain that when tested, oregano was the most powerful of four essential oils (sage, ginseng, stevia) at killing all six different cancer cell lines, including cervical, breast, leukaemia, lung, and colon cancer.

7. Anti-parasitic properties

There are many parasites that live inside and outside of the human body. Some include tapeworms, lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes and fleas which use the human body as a source of nutrition, and as a carrier of infectious disease. When oregano essential oil is ingested it can help remove intestinal worms and when applied externally to the body it keeps away external parasites, such as mosquitoes. This is why it is common for oregano essential oil to be found in organic bug repellents.

8. Helps Remove Warts

Warts are caused by a viral condition, called Human papillomavirus (HPV). While most warts tend to go away on their own within a few months to a year, they can spread to other areas of the body, so it’s best to get rid of them as quickly as possible. Since oregano oil has antiviral properties, research suggests it may be an effective natural remedy for wart removal when applied topically to the skin, as well as ingested.

Among the attributes most commonly reported as being successful by alternative health, professions are oregano oil’s ability to combat warts. Since oregano oil is powerful enough to burn your skin with only a few drops, it’s best to dilute it with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, if you’re going to apply it topically. Therefore to utilize oregano for the inhibition of warts, begin with mixing 1 teaspoon of oregano oil with around 8 teaspoons of coconut or olive oil. This mixture will help to dilute the oregano oil proficiently while still maintaining the integrity of the oil. The addition of coconut or olive oil will also present some great rejuvenating characteristics when it comes to the skin and overall body health.

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