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 InfectionsOil 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 ProblemsThe 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 CongestionOil 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 ThroatsOil 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.