The Health Benefits of Oregano Oil

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Oregano
Oil

is widely known as a potent germ-killer, anti-inflammatory and pain
reliever. Not only is it highly respected within the natural health
community, it is also being widely studied within the scientific
community for its vast medical uses.

In research
done on the oil, it has been found that it could supercede many
commonly-used pain killers, such as aspirin and even morphine. Oregano
oil also has extremely high levels of free-radical-fighting
antioxidants
, agents that protect the body from the development
of chronic conditions over time.

Oregano oil
may also aid in the prevention and treatment of a variety of common
infectious ailments including the common
flu
, psoriasis, eczema, Athlete’s
foot
, and bacterial infections.

Research
on Oregano Oil

Studies have
shown its usefulness against the prevention of candida albicans,
aspergillus mold, staph infections, vaginal infections, pseudomonas
and listeria. Certain studies reveal that it is as powerful a painkiller
as the best ones on the market, with the added benefit that it is
has little to zero side effects.

A study
from the US Dept of Agriculture showed that oregano essential oils
presented antimicrobial activities against Salmonella and E.coli.
Other research holds the same, stating that oregano oil is such
a powerful antimicrobial that it can be used to preserve food. Studies
from the Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee
and the University
of the Algarve
found similar results for oregano’s antibacterial
action on pathogenic germs.

A recent study
from the Department
of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical
Center
, stated the following in regard to the use of essential
oils for preventing infections:

“New,
safe antimicrobial agents are needed to prevent and overcome severe
bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Based on our previous
experience and that of others, we postulated that herbal essential
oils, such as those of origanum (oregano oil)…offer such
possibilities.” [PDF]

In an article
from Science Daily
, oil of oregano was found to be effective
in killing Staphylococcus bacteria. It was also equally as effective
in its germ-killing abilities as common prescription antibiotics
like streptomycin, penicillin and vancomycin.

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December
14, 2009

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