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Please Note: Our medicinial herbs are meant to be used as a dietary supplement. Personal health matters should be discussed with an appropriate health care practitioner. The sole responsibility for the application of the information contained herein remains with the reader and user of this information.
Oil of Oregano $ 18.50 per 1/3 ounce
Avoid during pregnancy
If you are allergic to other herbs in the oregano family, such as thyme, hyssop, basil, marjoram, mint or sage take with caution. Allergic actions can include itching, rash, swelling, difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing.
Don't use oregano within 2 hours or taking iron supplements
or foods high in iron.
Diluting: ALWAYS DILUTE OIL OF OREGANO IN A CARRIER BASE SUCH AS OLIVE OIL OR ALMOND OIL
Drops per: 25 ml = 3, 50 ml = 6, 100 ml = 12
Oil of Oregano Can be Used For:
Circulation: Lowers cholesterol levels in blood, cellulitis, stimulates the lymphatic system
Muscles: Muscle relaxant, cramps and spasms; antispasmodic
Skeletal / Joints: Rheumatism
Digestive: Loss of appetite and obesity as this oil is a regulator, sluggish digestion, detoxifies the system, flatulence
Urinary: Renal colic, cystitis
Reproductive: Scanty menstruation or absence of cycle (outside of pregnancy), hormonal imbalances
Nervous: Calming, sedative
Skin: Lice, scabies, skin infections
Respiratory: Chronic bronchitis, tickling cough, whooping cough, pulmonary tuberculosis, asthma, laryngitis
Other: Systemic infections
Wild Oregano possesses superior antimicrobial powers, capable of bringing fast relief from cold and flu symptoms (runny nose, congestion, chills, sore throat, ear aches, cough, fever, fatigue, stuffiness and muscle aches) because it is able to kill the virus that is their cause.
Oregano oil has incredible antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal effects. Studies show it also has unrivaled antiseptic (pain-killing) qualities.
Many studies have shown that oregano oil can improve the symptoms and shorten the duration of the common cold and flu. Plus, as discussed in Dr. Cass Ingram's The Cure is in the Cupboard: How to Use Oregano for Better Health, oregano oil has been proven effective against a variety of microorganisms. The best part is that oregano oil is completely non-toxic and does not cause any side effects.
Oregano Oil, Natural Antibiotic Defense
OREGONA OIL MAY PROTECT AGAINST DRUG-RESISTANT BACTERIA,
GEORGETOWN RESEARCHER FINDS
Washington, D.C. Oil from the common herb oregano may be an effective treatment against dangerous, and sometimes drug-resistant bacteria, a Georgetown researcher has found. Two studies have shown that oregano oiland, in particular, carvacrol, one of oregano's chemical componentsappear to reduce infection as effectively as traditional antibiotics. These findings will be presented at the American College of Nutrition's annual meeting October 6 and 7 in Orlando, Fla.
Harry G. Preuss, MD, MACN, CNS, professor of physiology and biophysics, and his research team, tested oregano oil on staphylococcus bacteriawhich is responsible for a variety of severe infections and is becoming increasingly resistant to many antibiotics. They combined oregano oil with the bacteria in a test tube, and compared oregano oil's effects to those of standard antibiotics streptomycin, penicillin and vacnomycin. The oregano oil at relatively low doses was found to inhibit the growth of staphylococcus bacteria in the test tubes as effectively as the standard antibiotics did.
Another aspect of the study examined the efficacy of oregano oil and carvacrol, which is believed to be the major antibacterial component of oregano, in 18 mice infected with the staph bacteria.
Six of the mice received oregano oil for 30 days, and 50% of this group survived the 30-day treatment. Six received the carvacrol in olive oil, not oregano oil, and none survived longer than 21 days. Six mice received olive oil alone with no active agents (the control group) and all died within three days. A repeat study corroborated these findings, which demonstrates that there are components of oregano oil other than carvacrol that have antibiotic properties.
"While this investigation was performed only in test tubes and on a small number of mice, the preliminary results are promising and warrant further study," Preuss said. "The ability of oils from various spices to kill infectious organisms has been recognized since antiquity. Natural oils may turn out to be valuable adjuvants or even replacements for many anti-germicidals under a variety of conditions."
This study was sponsored by Waukegan, Ill.-based North American Herb and Spice.
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