The favorite tools of doctors against most problems they encounter on a daily basis are antibiotics, as they are produced specifically for bacterial infections.
However, the benefits of oregano oil have proven to be more effective than some antibiotics, not causing any of their side effects.
Most doctors prescribe antibiotics which come with worrying side effects such as: destroying good bacteria (probiotics), causing antibiotic resistance, damaging the digestive lining that leads to leaky gut, and decreasing vitamin absorption.
Luckily, oregano oil is an excellent, natural alternative to antibiotics. It contains 2 potent compounds: thymol and carvacrol, both of which possess strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.
Common Medical Uses of Oregano Oil
- Treats Toenail Fungus– apply oregano oil directly on the affected area twice a day
- Treats Yeast Infections, Candida, and UTIS– in combination with probiotics and Cape Gazette
- Treats Allergies and Sinus Infections– dilute oregano oil in water and drink
- Treats Croup and Bronchitis– dilute it in water and drink
- Natural Antibiotic- Mix it with coconut oil or water, and take it internally
- Treats Athlete’s Foot and Ringworm– Apply topically in combination with coconut oil
- Treats Gingivitis– Use it for oil pulling in combination with coconut oil
The Problem with Prescription Antibiotics
As Wall Street Journal explains, overuse of antibiotics and broad-spectrum medicines when their need is not required can lead to various problems. It can make infections resistant to antibiotics, as well as destroy the probiotics in the body (good bacteria) whose function includes production of vitamins, helping digest food, and protecting from infections.
The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy has published the results of a study conducted by the University of Utah and the CDC, showing that 60 percent of the time doctors prescribe antibiotics, they go with broad-spectrum ones. In 2011, the journal Pediatrics published another similar study investigating the antibiotic prescribed to children. It was established that when prescribed, antibiotics were broad-spectrum half of the time, mainly for respiratory problems.
The results of both studies have proven that about 25 percent of the time doctors prescribe antibiotics, it’s for viral infections and similar conditions in which they have no use.
The Unstoppable Benefits of Oregano Oil!
The oregano oil comes from the Mediterranean, and it’s not a type of oil you’ll put on your pizza sauce. The essential oil is extracted with the distillation of medicinal grade oregano, this maintaining its healing ingredients. One pound of oregano oil is produced from more than 1000 pounds of wild oregano.
The greatest healing properties of oregano oil come from its main compound called carvacrol. The healing capacity of carvacrol has been proven by more than 800 studies, and to give you a glimpse of its numerous healing properties, here are just several conditions that it can effectively reduce or reverse:
- Fungal infections
- Bacterial infections
The oregano oil’s antibacterial properties against five species of bad bacteria have been evaluated by the last December study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. The results proved oregano oil possesses a significant antibacterial effect against all five types of bacteria.
After carefully observing the activity of the oil against E. Coli, it was concluded it should be generally used in the prevention of deadly food poisoning and in the promotion of gastrointestinal health. Two years prior, the journal Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia has published a Pakistan study that showed similar results, in addition to proving the capacity of the oil to kill different types of cancer cells.
More Than Just an Antibiotic
A great number of studies have proven that oregano oil can replace antibiotics in various health conditions. In fact, they claim this oil is the ultimate natural antibiotic.
For example, one study published in the journal European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences showed that carvacrol prevents methotrexate toxicity in rats, as well as side effects of some of the most dangerous drugs in the world.
One of the most common drugs used in the treatment of various diseases from rheumatoid arthritis to cancer is Methotrexate (MTX). Unfortunately, this drug has hazardous side effects. But, Turkish researchers have proven the ability of oregano oil to prevent these side effects since antioxidant and anti-inflammatory drugs can’t provide full protection against the side effects of MTX.
Carvacrol has been proven to reduce the pro-inflammatory reaction in mice treated with Methotrexate by evaluating different markers in their sciatic nerve. This groundbreaking and important discovery is expected to be followed by many other studies analyzing these results.
Oral iron therapy is used in the treatment of iron deficiency anemia and causes various gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, nausea, constipation, vomiting, and heartburn. But, Netherland researchers have proven that during oral iron therapy, the oil of oregano can prevent bacterial overgrowth and colonization in the large intestine.
The results of these two studies mean the world to those taking iron therapy or on chemotherapy, as they have been long suffering from the side effects of their therapy.
Uses and Warnings of Oil of Oregano
Currently, the limits of oregano oil are not perfectly clear. However, one thing for sure is that its medicinal use should be administered under a natural health expert’s guidance, due to its insurmountable potency.
The oregano oil is very powerful, so many people take it for not more than 2 weeks. If you take it internally, make sure you combine it with coconut oil or diluted it in water. Pregnant women should use oregano oil only if instructed by their doctor, but dried herb oregano should be fine for them.
If you have ever used oregano oil, feel free to share the results.