Many healthy food choices are available, but few are healthier than the spice of oregano. Fresh or dried oregano contains many immune boosting qualities, but oregano essential oil is far more concentrated. Oregano essential oil is often used to ward off illness. It’s strong, and sure does work. Once you try it, you will be convinced of its abilities.
Oregano Can Kill Infections
Oregano is one of the most powerful antimicrobial essential oils. Laboratory research done in 2001 at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, showed oregano to have a 99% kill rate against streptococcus pneumoniae in vitro colonies, a microorganism responsible for many kinds of lung and throat infections. Oregano is also very high in carvacrol, a potent anti-inflammatory. High in DNA repair activity, oregano provides antioxidant protection as it cleanses the body.
Oregano can be used when feeling run down and on the verge of getting sick. As well, if others around you are sick. Oregano also works well when applied to inflamed or possibly infected areas. It can be used on swollen tonsils and glands to help heal the infection.
Oregano Dilution: How to use oregano oil
Potent oils such as cinnamon, oregano, lemongrass, and thyme will require far more dilution that relatively mild oils. Phenols found in oregano and thyme oil are highly antimicrobial but may irritate the sinuses if inhaled directly or applied neat.
Always dilute in a 20-80 rule, using 1 part essential oil to 4 parts vegetable or massage oil before applying to the skin or taking internally. A word of caution before using any essential oils its important to get your oils from a reputable company, do your research and choose wisely.
When sick, take an empty vegetable capsule with 2 drops of oregano oil and 8 drops of a carrier oil (coconut, vegetable, almond). Take a capsule in the morning, noon and night until better.
You can also put a few drops in a shot of water. This way is perfectly fine as long as you avoid getting the oil on your lips and skin. Essential oils mix better with a liquid that contains some sort of fatty molecule such as regular, almond, or coconut milk. Use a carrier oil to wipe away any oil that may irritate lips or skin.
It’s very important to keep your oregano oil and any other essential oils in a safe place away from children. Essential oils are concentrated and very strong and should be used wisely.
It’s always important to remember: more is not always better with essential oils.