This herbal gem, oregano hails from the Mediterranean. As such, its popularity began in Greece and Rome, and then spread to Europe which eventually went to the rest of the Western world. The essential oil is distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant, similar to the parts used for culinary purposes. The oregano oil should not be confused with common oregano which is used as a spice for cooking. Common oregano is typically Origanum Marjoram whereas oregano oil belongs to the Origanum Vulgare family. This oil can be used either as a liquid or in the form of capsules. In both the cases, it should be verified that the oil has been extracted from proper potent oregano plant and the concentration should be at least seventy percent. And in this article we shall be discussing the general benefit of this natural herb to the human body, and its possible side effects.
- Anti-oxidant& Anti-inflammatory agents:
The oregano oil contains decent amounts of antioxidant polyphenols, rosmarinic acid and quercitin. Research has proved that the oxygen radical absorption capacity in this oil is 4 times greater than that of blueberries and higher than vitamin E. The higher the oxygen radical absorption capacity value, the higher the antioxidant levels are, thus improving the healing potential. It also helps in healing inflammation which is caused as a result of the body’s natural response to toxins, injury and infections or disorders such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis and can cause degeneration of the body’s systems. The oil of oregano possesses anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which prevent inflammation, there by strengthening the body’s resistance.
- Anti- cancer properties:
Oregano is high in antioxidants. These compounds can not only neutralize free radical damage, but they may also aid in cancer prevention. Some studies have shown that oregano and its components may help kill cancer cells. On the other hand, it has been proven in an experiment that cancer cells treated with the oregano extract and found that it stopped the growth of cancer cells and helped kill them off. While another critical study showed that carvacol, one of the components in oregano, also helped suppress the growth and spread of colon cancer cells. And the anti-mutagen and anti-carcinogenic effects of oregano oil help in prevention of cancer. Another study has shown that the most abundant compound in oregano oil, carvacrol, inhibits cancer cell growth and causes the death of cancerous cells in lung, liver and breast cancer cells.
- Fastens Digestion:
Consuming oregano oil can aid the flow of bile into the digestive organs. As a result, this assists the digestion process. Oregano oil’s antibacterial and anti-fungal properties lend to its potential to help re-balance dysbiotic bacteria and fungi in the gut, this oil has been tested in gut analyses for potentially pathogenic bacteria/fungi and may be effective against pathogens that may become resistant to antibiotics and anti-fungal. In essence, if you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, and other digestive issues, can all be solved by using the oregano oil. Drinking a glass of milk or juice that is mixed with 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil. It also acts as an expectorant to rid the lungs, bronchi and trachea of excess mucus.
- Improves Skin Vitality:
Oregano Oil is known to have antioxidant activity that fights the look of aging, which results in skin that looks clear and smooth. As such, it can treat acne and brighten the complexion. When applied and properly massage, Oregano Essential Oil’s anti-inflammatory activity can soothe redness, irritation, bites, and discomforts associated with arthritis and injury. Because of its powerful antioxidant properties, oregano essential oil can even be used to slow down the aging process by targeting and neutralizing free radicals responsible for causing aging, wrinkles, and muscle degeneration. Make a daily lotion from coconut oil and jojoba oil mixed with twenty drops of oregano oil for healthy, rejuvenated skin. Furthermore, it can be used to remedy ear infections, food poisoning, psoriasis, eczema, candidiasis, acne, and rosacea conditions.
- Respiratory track Relief:
The oregano essential oil act as an expectorant, as it helps in loosening up or eliminating the buildup of mucus and viscid in the respiratory tracts. It is also a soothing balm for inflamed lungs and throat, which may often stimulate coughing fits. One suffering from nasal polyp (excessive mucous downpour). Add two drops of oregano oil in a pan of steaming water. Placing a towel over your head, inhale the steam for as long as possible, or on the alternative you can add three drops of oil into a glass of juice and drink this mixture daily for three to five days for relief.
- Improves Hair Health:
Oregano oil for hair growth is one of the best solutions that you can try for making your hair healthy, shinier and smoother. As oregano oil has very fewer side effects on the quality of hair, it can be easily used for getting the maximum benefits on improving the hair quality. The antioxidants available in the oregano oil helps in stimulating the blood flow in the scalp, it also helps in treating dandruff, as this is a common problem which grows uncontrollably if left unchecked. Oregano oil can remove dandruff in no more than just a week. For this purpose, you can mix a few drops of pure oregano oil per tablespoon of shampoo, with other essential oils such as olive oil, jojoba oil or tea tree oil and used on scalp once a week or every two weeks. This will result in improving the conditions of thinning hair and stimulate hair growth.
This oil can be used to help the body in many ways. It can be your that solution which helps you transform looks, into something that you have always wished and desired. Moreover, the oregano oil is so extracted that it suits all types of body needs and thus can easily be trusted, in as much as it is suitable for all skin types, one should watch out for any signs of irritation, and cease taking it, until one has consulted with a doctor.