Oregano is one such herb that has innumerable benefits in essential oil form. Oregano oil is steam distilled from the blossom, stem, and root portions of the oregano plant. It has a middle perfumery note and the aroma is warm, sharp, and spicy. The oregano plant is native to Greece, but is now grown all over the world.
Often people think of using oregano in the kitchen, as it offers a wonderful depth of flavor and a delicious aroma. Oregano oil can be used in this same way! One tiny drop of oregano oil in place of dried oregano can add a burst of delicious flavor to your savory dishes, which is much better than using dry oregano because the flavor is more intense. In the process of drying herbs, many molecules of oils found in plants evaporate, which means dry herbs have less therapeutic benefits than oils, which are the concentrated essence of the plant. So just dilute it first with olive oil or coconut oil to ensure the flavor gets dispersed throughout the whole dish. Make sure though you only ingest USDA Certified Organic essential oils, otherwise you may risk getting intoxicated with traces of pesticides and chemical fertilizers sprayed on non-organic plants.
The main components in oregano oil are carvacrol, thymol, and y-terpinene. In a study done on a human skin cell disease model, the components in oregano oil showed a major effect on the growth of new diseased cells and also inhibited inflammatory markers. This study concluded, “These findings along with existing studies largely support the anti-inflammatory, tissue remodeling, immunomodulatory, and anticancer activities of OEO .” (oregano essential oil) (1)
This anti-inflammatory benefit can be used in a variety of applications!
Diluted, oregano oil can be used topically to soothe skin conditions due to eczema, acne, or other minor skin irritations.
In addition to its anti-inflammatory action, oregano oil is known to support a healthy heart. In a study of individuals with mildly high cholesterol, all of the participants were given the same diet and exercise advice but the study group was also told to use oregano oil. These participants had a decrease in ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and an increase of ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL). The conclusion: Oregano had a positive effect on the lipid profile. (2) Another study found the compounds thymol and carvacrol were responsible for the effects on LDL. (3)
The benefits of thymol found in Oregano don’t stop there. Thymol was studied to be antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiparasitic, antibacterial, antifungal and more! This means there are numerous uses and benefits from oregano oil, which is highly comprised of thymol.
Oregano’s antiparasitic factor makes it a great ingredient to use in natural insect repellants. It also makes oregano oil a wonderful natural option to treat and prevent internal parasites. In fact, a study was done on fourteen adults who tested positive for internal parasites. In the majority of participants, there was a total disappearance of parasitic activity and an improvement in gastrointestinal symptoms. (4) Antifungal effects of oregano oil can deliver benefits from fighting off a yeast infection to preventing and fighting dangerous fungal infections that can invade the organs. (5)
Antibacterial and antiviral benefits range from use as a household cleaner to helping the body protect and heal itself of common illnesses. Another study shows that oregano oil is successful at fighting off Staphylococcus aureus, a bacteria that is known to cause upper respiratory infections. (6) The anti-inflammatory effect can also help to soothe an irritated throat and ease coughing by using it with a diffuser, or better yet with a nebulizing diffuser, which is the most efficient way to treat any respiratory conditions
Oregano is an amazing herb, and oregano oil is a powerful tool that nature has given us to use. There are so many possible uses, even beyond what is outlined above! Please take a look at the product page for Oregano Oil to find out what oils it blends well with, safety considerations, and more. Herba Terra is proud to offer only USDA Certified Organic essential oils, which is the highest quality you can trust.References:
- Anti Inflammatory https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29450144
- Live Study on Lipid Profile https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19094443
- LDL effects https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17469764
- Antiparasitic https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10815019
- Antifungal https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29402621
- Staphylococcus aureus http://jmm.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/jmm/10.1099/jmm.0.46804-0;jsessionid=mmdHQ-W6FEXaSXBtNLUlNtO6.x-sgm-live-02