How Does Oil Of Oregano Help The Immune System?How Does Oil Of Oregano Help The Immune System?

Oregano is a strongly scented herb which is a member of the mint family. It is one of the most commonly used herbs both for culinary and medicinal purposes. The plant usually grows about 20 to 30 inches in height along the mountainsides of the Mediterranean territory most especially in Greece. This common herb has small leaves which are not only highly aromatic but also have a strong flavor which makes it customary among many recipes. The leaves may be used either fresh or dried. However, it gives off a stronger scent when dried. Oregano herb also produces flowers in pink to purple in color which are also safe to eat. For medicinal purposes, the oil of the Oregano has powerful chemicals, known as Carvacrol and Thymol, which can give remarkable benefits to human health. Other names for oregano are Origanum vulgare, Wild Marjoram or Pizza Herb.

Many studies have been conducted to prove the immune system - boosting property of Oregano oil. The compounds it contains, specifically Carvacrol and Thymol, have shown potent antibacterial effects. A clinical study revealed that Oregano oil can prevent the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi which can cause diseases. Specifically, its powerful antiviral and antibacterial effects prevent the development of skin infections. It also has parasite killing property which can help inhibit digestive problems. As we know for a fact, the immune system is the one responsible for fighting harmful microorganism to protect the body from diseases. Therefore, with the antimicrobial property of Oregano, the immune system is lessened with this burden. That is why Oregano is widely used to effectively boost the immune system.

Aside from helping the immune system, Oregano also has the capacity to help increase joint and muscle flexibility. It can relieve joint pain due to arthritic swells when dried leaves are used as warm application to the affected joint. It can also relieve gastric upset caused by indigestion. Just add 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil to a 240 mL of juice, milk or water. It can also improve respiratory health by alleviating sinus or lung congestion. The recommended dosage for this is 2 to 3 drops of oregano oil combined with a glass of juice to be taken daily until congestion is relieved. Individuals who have tried this reported that they have noticed improvement in less than 1 week.

Oregano is also rich in fiber. If taken in a daily basis, it can prevent constipation by facilitating regular bowel movement. Oregano also has potent antioxidants which help eradicate free radicals and toxins in the body. These free radicals can cause harm by producing irreversible damage to the cells and tampering of DNA during cellular division. Antioxidants are also found to prevent many types of cancer and delay the signs of aging.

Many individuals use freshly picked Oregano leaves or dried ones. However, others prefer the Oregano oil in which Carvacrol and Thymol compounds are concentrated. The oil is marketed either in liquid or capsule forms. When buying the oil, make sure that it contains at least 70% of Carvacrol. Follow instructions carefully and first few uses may require combination with a teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil.
by Darrell Miller
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