Top Benefits of Wild Oregano Oil
These are the Benefits of Wild Oregano Oil
Use Oregano Oil for Digestive Support, As a Topical Anti-fungal, Anti-bacterial Treatment and More
Wild oregano oil is a time-tested master herb and healer.
This powerful herbal supplement is no joke. Oregano oil, also known as oil of oregano, has many benefits that have been documented for millennia. Oregano oil is a natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antioxidant.
In this article, you'll learn...
- Where the best forms of oregano oil come from and which one is the best.
- How oregano oil works as a natural remedy topically and internally.
- What the difference is between therapeutic grade oregano oil and oregano essential oil used for aromatherapy.
- How much oregano oil to use as an antifungal treatment.
- How much oregano oil to take internally for therapeutic use.
- The best extraction method for oregano leaf.
- Why it's important to dilute oregano oil in a carrier oil before using.
Greenfield Botanics Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil, also known as oil of oregano, is therapeutic grade oil of oregano, and is safe for consumption and for applying topically.
Where does oregano oil come from?
The two most popular types of oregano are distinct plants from entirely different families. They are both traditionally used spices and their extracts have medicinal properties.
Mediterranean oregano (Origanum vulgare) is in the mint family and is a different plant than Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens) from the verbena family.
The flavor and aroma of Mediterranean oregano is milder and sweeter, while Mexican oregano is more pungent and earthier. The different flavors of these plants result from their phenol and terpene compositions.
- Mexican oregano is much more popular as a culinary herb
- Mediterranean oregano is used medicinally.
Health Benefits of Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil
Wild Mediterranean oregano oil is highly medicinal and has been shown to help treat many types of ailments and infections. It's been used to treat everything from alleviating depression to easing a painful sore throat. It has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. It also has potent antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties, and can help manage inflammatory conditions (1).
Oregano oil has been used topically (applied to skin and surfaces) and also ingested internally (consumed orally) for thousands of years as an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and antifungal to treat a variety of ailments.
Benefits of Ingesting Wild Oregano Oil
Consuming wild oregano oil diluted in water or juice orally can help fight infections, bacterial overgrowth and can be therapeutic for conditions like SIBO.
Unlike broad-spectrum antibiotics, oregano oil can selectively target pathogenic bacteria without eliminating all beneficial bacteria.
What to Take Wild Oregano Oil For?
Oregano oil has been known to improve the following conditions:
- Help relieve heartburn and aid digestion by relaxing smooth muscles in the throat and GI tract (2).
- Studies show that oral oregano oil can help treat internal parasite infections (3).
- Candida infections (4).
- Bacterial overgrowths such as SIBO (5).
- H. pylori infections (which can cause stomach inflammation and ulcers) (6).
- Improving mood and mental health (7).
To learn more about how oregano oil can improve mood and mental health, read our article.
How to Take Wild Oregano Oil
Everyone is different and individual uses and reactions may vary. Some people find it beneficial to take oregano oil in very small doses everyday to build their immune system.
Some people even use it just to fight off seasonal allergies.
The anecdotal data for taking oregano oil internally is broad. You should always consult a physician to determine how to use oregano oil for your specific circumstances.
The form in which people take oregano (capsule or oil) as well as the amount in any given formula varies, which also affects how to take it.
As a rule of thumb, most people only use it for a short duration (10-14 days), therapeutically, to counteract an infection, candidal overgrowth, or in place of harmful antibiotics for a number of health concerns.
For therapeutic, short-term use, you can use up to 10 drops of Greenfield Botanics Wild Oregano Oil in a glass of water or juice for up to 2 weeks. For long-term use to build your immune system, maintain good gut health, or other reasons, use just 1 drop of Greenfield Botanics Wild Oregano Oil.
Benefits of Applying Oregano Oil Topically
Oregano oil also has topical uses. It been shown to be effective as an anti-fungal agent to treat athlete’s foot (8). You can apply oregano oil directly to affected areas twice a day indefinitely until the issue is resolved.
Oregano oil can also be used on the surfaces in your home.
Read the next section to learn about the medicinal compounds that make oregano oil such powerful solution for treating various ailments.
Medicinal compounds in oregano oil
The medicinal compounds in oregano oil that contribute unique aroma are called phenols and terpenes. Phenols and terpenes are volatile (meaning they evaporate at room temperature) organic molecules with specific structures and properties.
Turkish oregano oil from O. vulgare contains the monoterpene phenol carvacrol, the monoterpenoid linalool, the monoterpene γ-Terpinene, and terpene p-cymene, which are responsible for many of its therapeutic properties and distinct sweet, herbal aroma (9).
The most abundant medicinal compound in Turkish oregano oil is carvacrol.
Carvacrol has potent medicinal properties. It is an effective antibacterial agent, and a powerful antioxidant.
Linalool is a monoterpenoid and the second most abundant medicinal compound in our Turkish oregano oil. It has antimicrobial, anti- inflammatory, and antioxidant properties (11).
γ-Terpinene is a monoterpene with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (12).
Turkish oregano oil also contains p-cymene, which is reported to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antidiabetic, antiviral, antitumor, antibacterial, and antifungal activities (13).
These natural, medicinal compounds in oregano oil result in nature's unique, powerful remedy for a variety of ailments.
Best method for extracting oregano leaf oil
Steam distillation is ideal for extracting temperature-sensitive ingredients from herbs. It is safer for you because it doesn’t require use of a solvent, which can remain after extraction and potentially harm your health. Steam distillation works best for oregano oil because it extracts medicinal terpenes and phenols from the plant without extracting pigments and heavier chemicals. The end result is a very high final concentration of therapeutic compounds in the essential oil.
Because steam-distilled oregano oil is so concentrated and volatile, it should be diluted in carrier oil before being applied topically.
Benefits of Greenfield Botanics Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil
Ready to Use, Therapeutic Grade Blended with Organic Moroccan Sweet Almond Oil in a 7:1 Ratio
Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil is extremely potent and volatile. Undiluted, it can cause irritation to the skin and will evaporate quickly. That is why it is important to dilute oregano oil in carrier oil, to protect the skin and prolong the medicinal effects.
Unlike some oregano oils, Greenfield Botanics Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil is pre-diluted in Moroccan sweet almond oil so it is ready to use topically or orally. Moroccan sweet almond oil is a perfect carrier oil for oregano oil. It is a superfood for your skin. Moroccan sweet almond oil contains vitamin E, vitamin A, zinc, potassium, and beneficial fatty acids. It softens your skin and keeps it supple, and has antioxidant properties that can help protect your skin against UV damage. It is so good you can actually eat it.
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Wild-harvested in Turkey
Greenfield Botanics Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil comes from Turkey. It is wild harvested in the mountains; it is not cultivated, and is free of any contaminations from herbicides or pesticides. It is steam distilled on location for maximum freshness and potency.
Steam-distilled on location for maximum potency and freshness
Greenfield Botanics Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil is steam distilled from fresh, wild-harvested Turkish oregano.
Packed with powerful phenols like Carvacrol and Thymol
Greenfield Botanics Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil contains at least 80% carvacrol, verified by a third-party lab.
Thymol can be effective at reducing gut inflammation, stimulating digestive enzymes, reducing ulcers, and inhibiting gastric mucosal injury (again in animal studies)
Therapeutic Grade Oil of Oregano Safe for Ingestion
Sometimes you will hear Oregano Oil and Oil of Oregano used interchangeably. Greenfield Botanics Oregano Oil is a therapeutic grade extract that is safe for ingestion and can aid you in digestive support.
Here’s what you've learned about the benefits of steam-distilled Wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil. This oil comes from wild-harvested O. vulgare from Turkey and has a sweet aroma. It contains many beneficial medicinal compounds including carvacrol that can help treat infections, inflammation, indigestion, and can be used both topically and orally. Steam distillation provides maximum quality and potency, and the essential oil is diluted in a high quality carrier oil so it is safe to use.
Article Reviewed by Michal Matyjasik, Ph.D.
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