Oregano is a herb, a genus of the mint family, native to the warm-temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and Mediterranean region. It is a perennial spice sometimes called wild marjoram. Oregano comes from Greek, and means "mountain of joy." Event the famous Hippocrates used Oregano as a herbal remedy for a great number diseases such as stomach pain and respiratory diseases. In the 15th century, Paracelsus used this plant to treat diarrhea, psoriasis, vomiting, jaundice, and fungal diseases. Wild oregano oil is a natural substance derived from the leaves wild oregano species. These plants grow in remote mountainous regions free of pollution.
Properties of wild oregano oil
Wild oregano oil contains 70 to 85 percent of carvacrol. Carvacrol is a natural phenol with high anti-microbial activity. Oregano oil is also rich in flavanoids and terpens, famous for their strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The oil should be consumed diluted, in a proportion of maximum 2 or 3 drops in a glass of water. Overdose can lead to burning sensation and redness. Oregano oil interferes with natural absorption of iron and it should not been used during pregnancy. Any kind of skin irritation may point out to allergic reaction.
Health benefits and use of wild oregano oil
Oregano oil is a potent immune booster. It also possesses strong anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties, so it may also be used as a pain reliever. Applied topically, oregano oil penetrates to the skin and brings the relief from pain, cramps, tendonitis, arthritis, torn and sore muscles. It also speeds up the process of healing in bruises and small injuries. People with sensitive skin should always use it diluted in olive oil or other carrier oil.
Applied topically, oregano oil is very beneficial for problematic skin. It may help to cure acne, infections or itchy skin.
Antifungal properties of wild oregano oil make it effective in treatment of candida. To manage candida with oregano oil, one should consume 1 to 3 drops under the tongue or with juice 3 times per day. It is important to maintain strict diet while fighting with candida: sugars and refined flour are banned from the diet, and patient is advised to drink large amounts of water.
The oil is equally effective in the treatment of nail fungus. The treatment consists of soaking nails in wild oregano oil twice a day for six months.
Another use of oregano is for stomach disorders. Two to three drops of oregano oil diluted in a glass of water will help in cases of mild indigestion or bloating.