Monday, July 26, 2010

Oregano - It's Not Just on Pizzas!

Anyone who cooks - or eats probably too - knows what oregano is, but there are 30 species of oregano.  What you buy in the grocery store may not even be true oregano - most of it is marjoram and it is milder than true oregano.
And why do I think this bears writing about?  Because oregano is GEM!  

The most well known benefit of oregano is its microbial killing powers.  It is the premier natural antiseptic.  Every microbe tested against it  succumbs to  it and there is no tendency for buildup of microbial resistance.  So Jannie, this is for you!  Put a few drops in a sprayer with water and clean you counter tops with this and not the bleach!  It's an antiseptic and it is safe.  And if you accidentally ingest this, unlike bleach, it does not harm you.  (I'm thinking if we start eliminating the things from our homes that if swallowed, you are dead or have to call the poison center and start using things that are not poison to begin with,  we'd all breathe easier - literally!)

Here's a bit of info from the net

What are the Benefits of Oil of Oregano?

The ancient Greeks were one of the first people to recognize oregano oil for its health benefits and medicinal qualities. It is known to be a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections.

Some of the specific benefits of Oil of Oregano are:
  • Destroying organisms that contribute to skin infections and digestive problems.
  • Strengthening the immune system.
  • Increasing joint and muscle flexibility.
  • Improving respiratory health.

Uses of Oil of Oregano

Skin Infections

Oil of Oregano can be applied directly onto the skin to treat itches, skin infections, and irritated gums, but only if it has been diluted. Always follow the instructions on your particular bottle before applying topically onto the skin, since highly concentrated oils may first need to be mixed with Olive Oil or Coconut Oil before application (usually one teaspoon of Olive Oil or Coconut Oil per one drop of Oil of Oregano).

Digestive Problems

The high concentrations of thymol and carvacrol in Oil of Oregano have been shown to calm upset stomachs and aid digestion. Therefore, a quick home remedy for mild indigestion is to drink a glass of milk or juice that is mixed with 2 or 3 drops of the oil.

Sinus Congestion

Oil of Oregano is a wonderful natural remedy for sinus congestion. A common solution is to add 3 drops of the oil into a glass of juice and drink this mixture daily for 3 to 5 days.

Colds and Sore Throats

Oil of Oregano is an excellent early defense mechanism when you feel a cold or sore throat coming on. Simply take 3 drops of Oregano Oil once per day (you can mix it into a glass of orange juice) and you should notice results within a few hours. Repeat this once per day for up to 5 days until the symptoms are gone.

There are a number of different phenols in Oil of Oregano; carvarcol being the most potent. Carvarcol is antiviral, antifungal (as in Candida Albicans yeast), antibacterial and antiparasitic. It has been demonstrated to kill not only Candida Albicans yeasts, but also Aspergillus Mold, Staphylococcus (think food poisoning), E. Coli, and Giardia, among other pathenogic organisms.
Another phenol in Oil of Oregano is called thymol, which is an immune booster as well, in proper dosages.  High levels of thymol can be toxic, which is why it's especially important to purchase your Oil of Oregano from a reputable producer, and make sure it's made from Origanum vulgare only.

So what do you think?  Kind of impressive isn't it?  The only "side effects" mentioned anywhere were if you are allergic thyme or basil, you may want to use caution.  Also, like most things, take it when you need it but not a daily thing because it is herbal MEDICINE.  Even herbs can be toxic if over used.

I was blown away doing research on this gem - I mean what else could you clean your counter tops with, cure your candida, take for a sinus infection,  or put on a skin infection?   I think I may add a few drops in my laundry too.   I'm putting a link to Amazon so if you can't find it in a health store near you and want to try it, here it is. 


  1. Wow that is so interesting - I never knew any of that info - thanks.

  2. You give such awesome information! Thank You!

  3. Sorry, can't read this post. You had me at Pizza and I am quite hungry here at the library with no food in sight -- just the fine dining of your blog.

    Okay, okay, I'll tell my rumbling tummy to hush and read on...

    Well -- holy COW -- I can use an alternate to clean my counter tops with other than bleach.

    Thank you, you dear herbalist. This is a very helpful post!!


  4. Use a lot of oregano oil at my house because it is a usable spice for those with celiac disease (where Vit C can just run through it) and helps to keep pneumonia forming in the lungs.

    I just did a detox with Oil of Rosemary and Oil of Oregano and Anise...It was so empowering.
    Thank you for all this good info....and personalization of your info.

    Let's keep getting the word out

  5. Megan "JoyGirl!" BordJuly 27, 2010 at 7:13 AM

    SuZen, I love this post! Another great one, and I'm going to get some Oregano oil pronto! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. suZen! I have a huge oregano growing in my herb garden. I had no idea of all its amazing qualities, except for how it yummifies my cooking. Thanks for this. Hugs!

  7. Oh you are a treasure SuZen, oregano who would have thought. I cannot get over all the qualities of 'real' food.
    Amazing and you are so cool to find and share this information with us. THANK you, now I am going to tell John I want oregano in the garden as well.
    XOX Wilma

  8. Good heavens, I never knew the properties of oregano, nor that what we often buy is actually something else! This is so interesting, thank you.

    Enjoy the journey.


  9. Hi Davine! Glad you found it interesting - so did I! I think you can expect more blogs like this in the future. :)

  10. Hi Tabitha! Hope you will stick around for more! I love passing along what I am learning about - at this point, it's why I blog.

  11. Hi Jannie! LOL wouldn't I know it you'd be "in" on the pizza part, haha! Hope you'll try this, or something/anything other than bleach.

    Hi Patricia! Oh how exciting! Someone familiar with this and someone actually encouraging me to keep getting the word out! YAY! Thanks so much!

  12. Hi Megan! There sure is lots of stuff out there to re-introduce ourselves to - funny none of this is "new"!

    Hi Patty! You may want to check out the actual name of your oregano plant - there are 30 varieties and the oil does not generally come from the one we use for cooking because it is not as potent. Time to investigate all those weird latin names!

    Hi Wilma! Wishing I had a garden like yours to begin with! I have tomatoes in pots on the top deck here at the lake. The deer ate my first plants on the patio, those stinkers!

    Hi Mandy! Thanks so much for the comment! I am really excited to share all I'm learning! Sometimes it feels like I am going backwards in time to have a healthier lifestyle! Well, whatever it takes!