Oregano has been widely used by cultures all over the world as a seasoning agent. Many of us are unaware of any additional benefits of using this herb.
Dr. Oz suggests using oregano oil to fight off potential infections and bacteria in and on your body.
Oregano also may help improve digestion by increasing bile flow and fighting against some bacteria, viruses, fungi, intestinal worms, and other parasites.
Uses for oregano oil:
Oregano oil is produced in the form of an essential oil and it should always be diluted before use.
1. Natural hand sanitizer – Combine 10 drops of oregano oil with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub it into your hands as a natural hand sanitizer.
2. Natural vaporizer – People are naturally vulnerable to bacteria entering into their respiratory system, especially during season changes and the cold weather months. Vaporizing with oregano oil can strengthen the immune system and fight respiratory infection. Dr. Oz suggests, putting one drop of oil of oregano in a bowl of steaming water. Put a towel loosely over your head and inhale the steam once a day until you feel better. If your symptoms do not improve you should see your physician and if you are prescribed medication vaporizing should not replace your medication.
3. Skin treatment – Oregano oil has been known to treat acne and rosacea. Combine equal amounts of oregano oil and olive or coconut oil and apply it to your problem areas with a cotton swab before you go to bed. Let it soak in, avoiding broken skin including cuts or scrapes.
3. Natural teeth cleaner – Oregano oil contains a component found in mouthwash; thymol helps to combat bacteria and bad breath. Dr. Oz recommends adding 1-2 drops of oil to your toothbrush with or without toothpaste however, essential oils are very potent and using it alone may be a bit harsh for your skin.
4. Healthy tummy treatment - Oregano oil may help fight parasitic infections and reduce diarrhea. Oz suggests adults over 18 can try capsules that contain 45 mg of pure oil of oregano once daily with meals.
Oregano oil should be avoided by people who are allergic to oregano as well as pregnant women as there are no studies that suggest that it will not harm unborn children.