As a kid I used to love to sprinkle oregano on my pizza (I still do) and over the years it has become a staple herb in my kitchen. I love the earthy flavor it imparts and often use it when making broth. Little did I know that this plant contains such potent medicine and has been used for centuries as one of the most powerful antibacterial, antifungal and well anti-everthing!
Wild oregano oil(oreganum vulgare) is extracted from a specific species of oregano that is found in the rocky regions of the Mediterranean. While research on its efficacy and healing properties are mixed, some preclinical in vitro studies show that wild oregano oil alone and then in combination with cumin, sage, and cinnamon oils (Oregacillin) reduced the strength of human influenza virus A2. Scientists in the Netheralnds found that carvacrol, one of the potent active ingredients in wild oregano oil contributed to cell death of a bacterial soil organism Bacillus Cereus, a food-born pathogen that isn’t so friendly to humans.
A typical dose of oregano oil is 100 mg three times daily via a liquid or as capsules. I usually dilute the oil in water with a few squeezes of lemon juice because it is very spicy, and can irritate your lips and mouth. When looking for a good quality oil, the product should contain 55% to 65% of the phenolic compound carvacrol. While there is no guarantee that it can prevent the flu, let’s face it life doesn’t have any guarantees (Except death & taxes as we all know..) but it may ward off any harmful bacteria or pathogens(always a plus).
*Keep in mind though natural isn’t always safe. Those with allergies to thyme, basil, mint, or sage may want to avoid taking wild oregano oil, since the oregano plant belongs to the same family. Additionally, oil of oregano’s safety is questionable in young children and pregnant or nursing women, and it is contraindicated for people with severe liver or kidney disease. Oregano might increase the risk of bleeding so its use should be stopped two weeks prior to surgery. Oregano might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders, and it may lower blood sugar levels in those with diabetes.
If wild oregano oil doesn’t sit well with you, using the fresh or dried herb in your meals can also attribute some health benefits, as with most plants.
Wishing you all Happy & Healthy Cravings and a Happy, Healthy and Joyous holiday season!!! 🙂