The Power of "True Oregano Oil"
Monday, September 22nd 2003
Oregano Oil has been a popular disinfectant since early Roman times. Modern herbalists recommend it for the common cold, fungal infections, psoriasis and warts. Used since ancient times to treat painful joints, heal wounds and cure infections, oregano - and its oil - have recently been proven effective in scientific studies.
There is a lot of confusion about oregano and in many cases it is actually marjoram. How can you be sure you are getting "true" oregano? Look for the correctly sourced and labelled oregano oil, Origanum vulgare hirtum. The real species of medicinal oregano is the patented Standardized Oregano Oil used by Nature's Way, the trusted leader in herbal remedies.
Medical researchers are currently investigating the antimicrobial action of oregano and its oil. Comparing the effects of a number of plant oils, researchers at the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station in Knoxville, USA found that oregano oil offered the greatest protection against Staphylococcus aureus, E coli, Aspergillus niger and other harmful microorganisms, making oregano an effective alternative to conventional antimicrobial additives in foods.
A recent British study found that two components of oregano oil - cavacrol and thymol - inhibit Staph bacteria. Research at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C. suggests that edible oil of oregano is more effective against Staph aureus than these components alone. Furthermore, both in vitro and in vivo investigations at Georgetown suggest that oregano oil effectively inhibits Candida albicans. Harry G. Pruess M.D. at Georgetown has also found oregano oil to be as effective again Candida albicans as conventional drugs. Oregano oil shows promise in culture studies against weakened (lab-friendly) forms of anthrax and tuberculosis.
Oregano oil contains 31 anti-inflammatory agents, 28 antioxidants and several COX-2 inhibitors, substances that fight inflammatory enzymes in osteoarthritis. In fact oregano not only lessens inflammation but also platelet aggregation, stickiness. In contrast, the popular synthetic COX-2 inhibitors (Celebrex and Vioxx), which are accompanied by significant side effects, only treat inflammation. Furthermore, these drugs suppress the hormone produced in the blood vessels to keep them dilated and keep platelets from sticking to vessel walls.
Taking a herb like oregano reduces inflammation and decreases platelet stickiness- without causing bleeding or ulcers.
The Botanical Safety Handbook ranks oregano as one of the safest plants. For fungal infections of the skin, Cass Ingram DO, recommends rubbing oregano oil on the infected areas: "For athletes foot, apply the oil and immediately cover with a sock, as this helps hold the active ingredients against the skin." For warts treat directly with several drops of oregano oil - open a Nature's Way Oregano Oil capsule and apply.
Nature's Way provides "true" Oregano Oil in vegetarian capsules with a guaranteed natural potency of 75-85% carvacrol. Nature's Way recommends taking just 1 capsule daily with food. Because Nature's Way "true" Oregano Oil provides the full natural potency of powerful carvacrol, no higher dose should be taken without consulting a qualified health professional.
Nature's Way also recommends taking Primadophilus along with and after using "true" Oregano Oil. This will allow you to re-fortify and balance your system with friendly microflora as a healthy follow-up to an effective cleansing by oregano.
Further information Dr Cass Ingram's Book: "The cure is in the cupboard. How to use Oregano for Better Health."
Reproduced unabridged from the July - September 2003 issue of Health and Herbal News, with the kind permission of Health and Herbs International Ltd.
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