Oregano is a powerful bushy, perennial herb that is known to have great health benefits. It is grown in the mountains and its name means “Delight of the mountains.” The oil is extracted from the leaves through the steaming process and it is known to have antiviral, antiparastic, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, emmenagogue and anti-allergenic properties and this are what makes it have great health benefits.
6 ways in which oregano oil can be used to support one’s health naturally include:
Source of essential nutrients
Oregano oil is loaded with vital nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin C & E, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, niacin, and manganese. It helps bridge the gap people have between their nutritional intake and daily requirements.
Helps fight infections
Oregano oil has been used to treat infectious wounds and skin as is acts as a powerful tool against the harmful organisms which cause infections. It is known to fight strong organisms such as E-Coli and salmonella. Carvacrol has powerful antimicrobial properties which help break through the cell membranes and protect the immune system against bacteria that cause diseases such as cholera, typhoid, sores and skin infections.
It is an antioxidant
Being an antioxidant, it protects the body against the damages of the free radicals, neutralizes the free radicals and repairs the damage already done. It also contains a powerful form of antioxidant called phenols which literally scrub the body and eliminates the free radicals that cause disease. This, therefore, helps slow down the aging process and protects against certain cancers, muscular degeneration due to aging, wrinkles, loss of hearing and vision and nervous disorders.
Helps in menstrual disorders
Women who have irregular periods or delay onset of menopause can take oregano oil and it will help regulate the menstruation and also find relief in obstructed menses. Oregano oil is known to relieve negative menopause symptoms such as hormonal shifts and mood balance by regulating the hormones.
Aids in digestion
Oregano oil increases the absorption of digestive juices, increase nutrient digestibility and enzymes which are responsible for absorbing food hence having a good digestion. It also helps cleanse the digestive tract, stop build up in the colon and stimulates the flow of bile into the digestive organs hence a natural digestive process. This improves on one’s health naturally because the body is able to maximize the nutrients it gets from food eaten. The antifungal properties in it help fight off any gastrointestinal problems such as parasitic infections.
Helps tackle respiratory problems
Oregano oil helps relieve a stuffed nose and also relieves symptoms of cold and flu. Carvacrol and thymol properties which are antibacterial agents help lower respiratory tract infections and can also act as mild sedative hence reducing the body’s response to allergens.
You can use oregano oil for cooking, dilute the oil for a speedy recovery, or applied on wounds and skin. It is very potent so it is to be taken when it is diluted. Don’t use it in pregnant or breastfeeding mothers or in children.