Oregano – One of Nature’s Best Antimicrobial Essential Oils
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on January 5, 2011 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Of all the essential oils, Oregano is one of the very best antibacterial and antifungal oils available. I highly recommend keeping a bottle of it on hand, at all times!
Oregano oil is very effective for intestinal tract infections, including overgrowth of Candida albicans (yeast). It’s also excellent for respiratory tract infections. The capsules of Oregano oil that you find in health stores are the same essential oil diluted in olive oil, and then encapsulated for ingestion.
For fungal nail infections, a very common ailment, rub a small amount of Oregano oil directly into the affected nail 2-3 times daily until it has completely cleared. If you find it too irritating or drying to your skin, you can dilute it 1:1 with olive oil.
One of the most valuable aspects of the antimicrobial action of essential oils is that bacteria don’t develop resistance to them, as they can do to conventional antibiotics. This is very important, as there are more and more antibiotic-resistant organisms emerging all the time.
And doesn’t it seem that many of our best medicines do double-duty in the kitchen, too? As Hippocrates said, “Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.”
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan