Antibiotics are the first thing you get every time you go to see your doctor and complain of a bacterial infection or other ailment. Believe it or not, the most powerful antibiotic is actually provided by nature. Have you ever used oregano oil? You will never get this “medicine” from your doctor.
The plant-derived essential oil is even more powerful than common antibiotics in terms of treating and preventing infections. It’s a strong antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agent. The best thing about it is the fact that it doesn’t cause all of the side effects you get when using pharmaceutical medication.
It doesn’t develop antibiotic resistance, reduce the absorption of vitamins, destroy good probiotic bacteria or damage the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
Oregano oil is commonly used in the treatment of:
- Athlete’s foot/Toenail fungus
- Common colds
- Heartburn, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, or other digestive disorders
Oregano oil contains carcavrol and thymol. These compounds give its strong antibacterial and antifungal effect. The oil is made of carvarcol, and the leaves contain phenols, triterpenes, rosmarinic acid, ursolic acid and oleanolic acid.
Carvacrol is a monoterpenic phenol with a wide spectrum activity ranging from food spoilage to pathogenic fungi, yeast and bacteria. It destroys human, animal and plant microorganisms, including the drug-resistant and biofilm forming types.
Carcavrol is multifunctional, and it reverses and reduces bacterial infections, fungal infections, parasites, viruses, inflammation, allergies, tumors, indigestion, candida, and is also used in preserving food quality during storage.
Health benefits of oregano oil
- Natural alternative to antibiotics
The antibiotics you use kill the good bacteria, too.
“Recent studies have shown that doctors are overprescribing broad-spectrum antibiotics, sometimes called the big guns, that kill a wide swath of both good and bad bacteria in the body,” note experts.
Oregano oil, on the other hand, fights multiple type of harmful pathogens, including yeast, fungi and bacteria.
- Fights infections and bacterial overgrowth
Oregano oil can destroy at least several strains of bacteria. It’s effective against E. Coli and Listeria, meaning it can be used in promoting gastrointestinal health and preventing deadly food poisoning.
Oregano oil can sure replace synthetic chemicals we use today. It inhibits the growth of seven tested strains of bacteria, and was shown to be more powerful than other plant extracts.
The same applies to pathogenic fungi.
Thymol and carcavrol in oregano oil relieve toothache and earache caused by bacterial infections. “Essential oils or their components placed in the ear canal can provide effective treatment of acute otitis media.”
- Reduces side effects from medications
Medications and medical interventions can sometimes cause serious side effects. We are well aware of the dangers brought by chemo drugs and other medication prescribed for chronic conditions.
Phenol in oregano oil protects against methotrexate toxicity in mice. Methotrexate is a drug used to treat everything from cancer to rheumatoid arthritis. Oregano oil fixes this problem due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.
Oregano oil also prevents “bacterial overgrowth and colonization in the large intestine during oral iron therapy.” Iron therapy is applied in those dealing with iron deficiency anemia. Unfortunately, it causes nausea, diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and vomiting.
Carvacrol targets the outer membrane of gram-negative bacteria while increasing the membrane permeability. It depletes dangerous bacteria.
- Treats Athlete’s foot
Oregano and other essential oils inhibit bacterial strains that cause this condition (T. rubrum). “Thermotherapy combined with essential oils and salt would be promising to treat tinea pedis in a foot bath,” experts say. Thyme, cinnamon bark, lemongrass and clove oils work well, too.
- Treats digestive issues (SIBO & Heartburn)
Active compounds in oregano oil relax the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract and balance the ratio of good and bad bacteria. This is important for your digestion and gut health. Thymol is similar to menthol found in peppermint oil. Thymol relaxes the soft tissue of the throat and the stomach, and relieves GERD, heartburn and discomfort after meals.
Oregano oil is often used in the treatment for Candida and SIBO. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth is a common digestive issue that comes accompanied by gas, bloating and intolerance to carbs. Oregano oil can be used in a similar way as rifaximin when it comes to hindering bacterial replication.