The Power of Herbs: Oil of Oregano
Oregano’s not just for yummy Italian dishes. This powerful herb fights free radicals, inflammation and bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It has immune-boosting properties and is useful in a whole list of ailments such as acne, animal bites, asthma, bee stings, cough, cold, digestive problems, earache, eczema, and parasites, just to name a few.
But don’t go to your local supermarket’s spice aisle to pick up oregano. You must get oil of oregano in its medicinal form if you want the powerful stuff.
Oregano oil can be taken orally, diffused in steam and inhaled, or diluted and applied to the skin.
Oil of oregano is fairly safe to use in small quantities. Possible side effects include upset stomach and allergic reaction to those with allergies of plants in the Lamiaceae family, which includes basil, mint, rosemary, sage, savory, marjoram, oregano, hyssop, thyme, lavender, and perilla. Oil of oregano should not be taken by pregnant women.
Nutrients: calcium, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B3, and C.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.