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Wild Oregano Oil: A Worthy Addition to Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

Wild Oregano Oil: A Worthy Addition to Your Natural Medicine Cabinet

The ancient Greeks and Romans regarded oregano as a symbol of joy and happiness, and modern research on wild oregano oil and its benefits to health will give you plenty of reasons to smile. Oregano oil can help keep your digestive system running smoothly, soothe troubled skin, and even help stave off colds and flu.

Oregano oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of the oregano plant. While there are more than 40 varieties of oregano, the most therapeutically beneficial is the oil produced from wild oregano (Origanum vulgare) native to the Mediterranean region.

Wild oregano is high in phenols, plant chemicals with antioxidant activity. Second only to clove oil, wild oregano oil has the highest known ORAC value, which measures the total antioxidant capacity of a food. Due to its antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, wild oregano oil has a wide variety of uses.

Oregano oil has an excellent reputation for helping to prevent and treat a variety of infections, including urinary tract infections and yeast infections. It also shows promise for preventing foodborne illnesses caused by pathogens like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. Animal research finds that oregano oil can help kill norovirus, which causes gastroenteritis.

You may find wild oregano oil particularly helpful during cold and flu season. If you're congested, try adding a couple drops of oregano oil to a diffuser or vaporizer. The steam method can also help relieve coughs and other respiratory illnesses. Drinking a few drops of oregano oil in juice or water may soothe a sore throat.

Diluted in a carrier oil like almond or jojoba (one part oregano to three parts carrier oil), pure oregano oil can also be used topically for nail fungus, dandruff, and cold sores. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, oregano oil can help relieve pain and muscle aches.

Oregano oil isn't recommended for infants and children or women who are pregnant or nursing, since it can encourage blood circulation within the uterus. And anyone who is allergic to plants in the mint family (including mint, lavender, basil, and sage) should avoid oregano oil.

Wild oregano oil has been used medicinally for thousands of years, and it's a valuable tool for supporting wellness naturally. Just be sure to choose supplements and oils containing pure, unadulterated wild oregano oil.

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