It might smell rank, and taste like death, but this oil does wonders!
Oil of Oregano.
OrganicFacts.net lists Oil of Oregano as "anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, and anti-allergenic."
Let's talk about some of the uses:
Treating Colds & Flus - taking drops in orange juice or water can help keep away viral infections (It has worked for our family for years!) Some studies have even shown how it can protect from measles, mumps, or pox (organicfacts.net).
Treats yeast infections (Candida) -The Candida Diet lists Oil of Oregano as a great way to start Candida treatment as a natural antibiotic. TheCandidaDiet.com states that in the treatment of Candida "chemicals react with the water in your bloodstream to dehydrate and kill the Candida yeast cells." The article also discusses a study showing how Oil of Oregano is a better and more effective treatment for candida than 18 other pharmaceutical drugs (thecandidadiet.com).
Treats Intestinal Parasites - Another study looked at patients taking Oil of Oregano for 6 weeks. Over half of the patients that had intestinal problems had issues improve greatly (informedhealth.net).
Cancer Fighter - Some studies have shown that taking Oil of Oregano can have cancer fighting properties. The study found here discusses how breast cancer cells were effectively killed from taking Oil of Oregano (Pubmed.com).
Treats allergies - Oil of oregano is said to be calming and gives relief from allergies (organicfacts.net).
Repels Insects - Oregano oil can help "neutralize the extract venom from insects, spiders, and snake bites." (naturespantry.com)
Other cool things Oil of Oregano does: helps to reduce discomfort and tension due to inflammation, (amazingly helps with toothaches, headaches, acne, and even burns), helps with ear infections. I have also seen amazing results in healing cold sores if applied straight to sore.
Oil of Oregano is to be administered to children through their feet only. It's strong stuff, but can be soothing if absorbed through the skin. If you are pregnant, nursing, or on blood thinners, it's not a good idea to take it.
So there you have it.
Sound like something worth having in your house? I'd say so. Grab a bottle for you and your fam-jam.
Well.ca has it here!
The Health Nutty Professor loves Oil of Oregano. I use it myself and on my kid. But I am not a doctor. If you're concerned about using it, contact a health professional. Make sure you know the side effects and how to take it before using it.