Did you know that oregano is actually a member of the mint family? I’m just imagining mint on my pizza or in my spaghetti sauce. Thankfully though, it doesn’t have that minty quality we all think of when we picture something in the mint family. Dr Jean Valnet, an Army physician from 1948 who set about trying to prove the therapeutic and medicinal properties of essential oils, said that Oregano is one of the strongest anti-inflammatory oils out there with nearly the pain killing power of morphine. It is often used as an anti-fungal in infections such as athletes foot. It is also good in the respiratory system, especially with cold and flu, sore throats and bronchitis.
Because Oregano is a “hot” oil, topical application is generally recommended to be diluted with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. It can also be diluted and used as a gargle for throat infections, taken internally for intestinal infections and diffused for general antiseptic usage. Are we seeing a theme here? So many of the essential oils have these great germ killing properties, and unlike antibiotics, the germs they help ward off, generally don’t develop a resistance to them. Some essential oils are even effective in the fight against MRSA, a well known, antibiotic resistant pathogen.
Oregano should be used with extreme caution in pregnancy and should always be diluted when using topically. Additionally, one should not use oregano for more than two weeks without taking a break, as it can be irritating.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.