Certified Organic Origanum Compactum, oil of oregano essential oil.
In his book, Advanced Aromatheraphy, Durt Schnaubelt, Ph.D. states,
“When it comes to combating bacterial infections, oregano is aromatheraphy’s heavy artillery. It also has stimulating qualities. Because its phenols can cause varying degrees of skin irritation, it recommends itself for internal use. Ideally oregano oil is taken in a carrier oil, such as sunflower.”
“In oregano oils, we encounter high concentrations of antiseptic and stimulating phenol carvacol, in combination with stimulating terpene hydrocarbons. A centain deton and sesquiterpene content (approximately 6 percent caryophyllene) balances the extreme effects of phenol.” 10 (Page 83)
In his book, Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide, D. Gary Yound, Nd (Foreward by Rondal M Lawrence MD, PhD), writes:
“Oregano (Origanum compactum) is one of the most powerful antimicrobial essential oils. Laboratory research at Weber State University showed it to have a 99 percent kill rate against in vitro colonies of Streptococcus pneumonia, a microorganism responsible for many kinds of lung and throat infections. Oregano is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic.” (page132)
“Oregano (Origanum compactum) is rich in carvacrol and is one of the most powerful purifying and antisepticessential oils known to science. High in DNA-repair activity, oregano provides antioxidant protection as it cleans the body of pathogens.” (page199)
“Internal and Oral Use as a Dietary Supplement
All essential oils that are Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) or certified as Food Additives (FA) by the FDA may be safely taken internally as dietary supplements (See GRAS and FA lists in Appendix B). But ingesting essential oils should only be done under the direction of a knowledgeable health professional.
In fact, many oils are actually more effective when taken orally in very small amounts. Essential oils should always be diluted in vegetable oil, agave syrup or rice milk prior to ingestion. More or less dilution may be required, depending on how strong the oil is. More potent oils, such as cinnamon, oregano, lemongrass, and thyme, will require far more dilution than relatively mild oils.” (page53)
I conducted one of the most comprehensive studies to probe the powerful antimicrobial effects of essential oils with Sue Chao at Weber State University. Using disc diffusion assays, we tested the killing power of 67 different essential oils against a variety of yeast, molds, gram negative bacteria, and gram positive bacteria. Cinnamon, clove, thyme, peppermint, oregano, and mountain savory exerted the strongest antimicrobial properties.
The following year we tested the ability of thyme, oregano, and close essential oils to destroy colonies of Streptococcus pneumoniae, the bacteria responsible for many types of throat, sinus, and lung infections.” 11 (page252)
Steven Foster gives credit to oil of oregano, in his book Herbal Renaissance, as having “been employed to treat indigestion, diarrhea, nervous tension, insect bites, toothache, earache, rheumatism and coughs due to whooping cough and bronchitis (primarily for it’s antispasmodic effects).”
Foster claims that the “fungicidal and worm-expellant properties” of oil of oregano are directly tied to the constituent properties in this essential oil of carvacrol and thymol. 12
Microbe resistance to antibiotics does not normally develop against naturally-occurring antibiotics such as garlic and oil of oregano. Oil of oregano accomplishes this without creating mutant strains bacteria, and oregano has none of the debilitating side effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics. Drug-resistant microbes have evolved from the use of penicillin and other pharmaceutical drugs. For bedridden patients, oil of oregano applied directly to the feet is a highly defensive weapon against potentially deadly bacteria. This supplement will give support to the immune system.
According to an article published in Phytotherapy Research, oil of oregano is a powerful pain killer. The article details how oregano oil superseded anti-inflammatory drugs in reversing inflammation and pain and is almost as powerful as morphine as a killer of pain. 13
Researchers and scientist have uncovered numerous uses and benefits of oregano and extracted oil of oregano. One must be aware that these significant health benefits are only attainable from true oil of oregano distilled from Origanum vulgare or Origanum compactum. Oil of oregano from these species of origanums offers numerous remedies for a variety of conditions.
Studies published in the International Journal of Food Microbiologyreveal that oil of oregano is a superb germicide with the ability to kill a wide range of bacteria and fungi. 14
Findings in the Journal of Applied Nutrition, claim oil of oregano as “highly effective” for destrying Candida. Studies and research in Mexico found oregano oil had prevalent anti-parasitic actions, with high success against Giardia. Sarer researchers published oregano oil’s antiseptic powers were “remarkable.” 15
Conditional use of oil of oregano…
” Oil of Oregano is not recommended while pregnant or during breastfeeding.
” If you are taking blood thinning drugs, oil of oregano may further thin the blood. If you are using oregano oil while taking blood thinning drugs, your blood may become too thin and your blood pressure may drop too low. Consult with your doctor or health professional before using oil of oregano with prescribed medications.
” Dilute oil of oregano with a carrier oil such as extra virgin olive oil or unrefined coconut oil when applying to skin area.
” Patch test, always apply properly diluted oil of oregano to a small patch of skin BEFORE putting it on large areas of skin. Full strength oregano oil can be applied to palms of hands or soles of feet after patch test. Children applications can be applied to the feet and should be diluted.Oregano soap (Click here) with oil of oregano, 75 trace minerals and colloidal silver makes the strongest skin support soap known to man!
1 Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, author Julia Lawless, Spanish oregano oil
2 Southern Medical Journal, Volume 94, August 2001, germs resistance to antibiotics
3 The Cure is in the Cupboard, author Dr. Cass Ingram D O expose oregano oil
4 Supermarket Remedies, author Dr. Cass Ingram D O, oregano as a preservative
5 Science Daily 10/11/2001, germ-killing properties of oil of oregano
6 Essential Oils Desk Reference, Compiled by Essential Science Publishing, Oregano oil, one of the most powerful antimicrobial essential oils.
7 Journal Food Protection, Volume 64, July 2001, oil of oregano showed the greatest antibacterial results against pathogenic germs.
8 The Practice of Aromatherapy, author Jean Valnet, MD, oregano oil is so potent that it sterilizes raw sewage.
9 Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, February 2000, oil of oregano has antibacterial activity.
10 Advanced Aromatheraphy, author Durt Schnaubelt, Ph.D, oregano oil is aromatheraphy’s heavy artillery.
11 Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide, D. Gary Yound, Nd., oil of Oregano as a supplement and one of the strongest antimicrobial essential oils.
12 Herbal Renaissance, author Steven Foster, oregano oil treats cornucopia of ailments…
13 Phytotherapy Research, oil of oregano is a powerful pain killer.
14 International Journal of Food Microbiology, oil of oregano is a superb germicide.
15 Journal of Applied Nutrition, oregano oil had prevalent anti-parasitic actions.Other Selected Research:
Friedman M, Henida PR, Mandrell RE. Bactericidal activities of plant essential oils and some of their isolated constituents against Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella enteric. J Food Prot. 2002 Oct;65(10): 1545-60 Pagageorgiou G, et al., Effect of dietary oregano oil and alpha-tocopheryl acetate supplementation on iron-induced lipid oxidation of turkey breast, thigh, liver and heart tissues. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr (Berl). 2003 Oct;87(9-10):324-35.
Elgayyar M, et al., Antimicrobial activity of essential oils from plants against selected pathogens and saprophytic microorganisims. J Food Prot.2001 Jul;64(7):1019-24
Tantaoui-Elaraki A, Beraoud L. Inhibition of growth and aflatoxin production in aspergillus parasiticus by essential oild of selected plant minerials. J Eviron Pathol Toxicol Oncol. 1994;13(1):67-72.
Dorman HJ, Deans SG. Antimicrobial agents from plants: antibacterial activity of plant volatile oils. J Appl Microbiol. 2000 Fev;88(2):308-16. (page89)
Roger Baird, “Treating Yourself with Wild Oregano Oil,” Vista Magazine, Issue 44, p. 52.
Michael Schmidt, Lendon H smith, Keith W Schnert. Beyond Antibiotics, Berkeley, California 1993.
D.S. Bauman, H.E. Hagglund. “Polysystem Chronic Complainters,” Journal of advanced Medicine, 4(1)1991.
Chao, et al., Screening for Inhibitory Activity of Essential Oils on Selected Bacteria, Fungi and Viruses.
Journal of Essential Oil Research. 1997 Chao, et al., Antimicrobial Effects of Essential Oils on Strepococcus penumoniae. JEOR, 2001
Oil of Oregano: Overview