Essential oils are one of the most versatile natural medicines that I’ve had the pleasure of using for the last 10 years or so. These natural plant essences are chemically complex and can be quite potent when it comes to killing bacteria. Of the hundreds of different essential oils, oregano oil is well documented and best known for controlling bacterial infections. It’s been used as a natural MRSA and Staph treatment. In fact, I consider oregano to be one of the “big gun” essential oils for controlling infections like Staph and MRSA, and I consider it a potent natural remedy.
What’s the best type of Oregano oil?
But you won’t find therapeutic grade oregano oil in your kitchen spice cabinet, or even your local health food store. True oregano oil comes from the plant species Oregano vulgare, which is often confused with kitchen oregano or oregano marjoram. Unlike kitchen oregano, the true oil contains natural chemical ingredients that include carvacrol, thymol, terpenes, rosemarinic and naringin. These natural ingredients give the oil its potent antibacterial and healing properties.
“Oil pressed from oregano leaves that contain the active ingredient carvacrol may be an effective treatment against sometimes drug-resistant bacterial infection. Georgetown University researchers have found that oil of oregano appears to reduce infection “as effectively as traditional antibiotics. Oil of oregano at relatively low doses was found to be efficacious against Staphylococcus bacteria (the bacteria responsible for MRSA) and was comparable in its germ-killing properties to antibiotic drugs such as streptomycin, penicillin and vancomycin.” [Science Daily 10/11/2001]
What Makes Oregano Oil Special?
Oregano oil has antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-oxidant and pain relieving properties. It has been used for centuries for many different health issues. The ancient Greeks used oregano oil to treat wounds, poisoning, venomous bites and headaches. This oil has also been used successfully to ease sinusitis, bronchitis and other lung related ailments.
One of the best known benefits of oregano is its strength in controlling infections. Oregano oil is quite effective at controlling Staph and MRSA, along with other common infections like candida yeast infections, E. coli and Salmonella bacteria.
The antimicrobial strength of oregano oil comes from its natural thymol and carvacrol content. Thymol is a fungicide, antiseptic and can help support the immune system. Carvacrol is a powerful bacteria killer that’s strongly active against Staph and MRSA infections as well as yeasts and molds. A carvacrol content of 70% or more can be strongly therapeutic. However, natural carvacrol content this high is very uncommon and hard to find in most commercial oregano oil products.
Almost all oregano essential oils sold today are too dilute to be of help against MRSA or Staph (they are diluted in a carrier oil or base oil) and they typically contain artificial carvacrol and other unnatural ingredients to reduce their cost. Synthetic chemicals commonly found in essential oils are often cancer-causing, so you definitely want to avoid inferior products!
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Is Oregano Oil Safe to Use?
High quality, wild-crafted oregano oil can provide many health benefits and has a long history of safe use. However, true therapeutic oil of oregano is a very potent antibacterial and ally to have on your side, and like any essential oil, it must be used responsibly. This oil must be diluted when used topically, as this quality of oil can cause burns on the skin if not used properly.
Oregano oil may reduce the body’s ability to absorb iron. So if you have an iron deficiency, anemia or are pregnant, oregano oil should be used with caution. The oils can also increase the flow of blood in the uterus and may be best avoided during pregnancy (ask your doctor if you have any questions). A few people can be allergic to oregano oil and should discontinue using it if symptoms like rashes, irritated skin or vomiting occur.
Oregano is one of my favorite essential oils, and I wouldn’t consider my medicine cabinet complete without it. When it comes to Staph and MRSA infections, it’s a front-runner. If you’d like to know what brand I use, please contact me.
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Science Daily, 10/11/2001
Journal Food Protection, Volume 64, July 2001
Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, February 2000