Antifungals

Oregano Oil

Oregano OilTo the inhabitants of the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, where Wild Oregano originates, the health benefits of this hardy shrub have been known ans used for centuries, often as a powerful substitute to antibiotics.

Wild Oregano has been found to have a wide variety of medicinal applications due to it’s anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral attributes. These health giving properties are concentrated once the oregano is made into an oil, making it an excellent anti-fungal to fight Candida during your treatment. Recent studies have shown that Oregano Oil may even help prevent some cancers.

We recommend taking Oil of Oregano during your Candida treatment as unlike some other anti-fungals, the Candida yeast does not seem to develop an immunity or resistance to it in the long-term. Supplementing your diet with Oil of Oregano straight after your cleanse will yield the best results, especially if combined with other natural anti-fungals.


How does Oregano Oil work?

In 2001 research conducted by GUMC found that Origanum oil at the concentration of 0.25mg/ml was very effective in retarding the growth of Candida Albicans yeast cells. Extended tests indicated that oral consumption may be very effective in the long-term treatment and prevention of Candidiasis.

There are two active antimicrobial compounds found in Oregano Oil, Thymol and Caracrol. Preliminary research indicates that these chemicals work by de-hydrating the Candida yeast cells once they have combined and reacted with the water in your bloodstream. Carvacrol has been found to have a more powerful antimicrobial effect than the 18 other pharmaceutical drugs that where tested. Oregano Oil has many emerging health applications but its powerful anti-fungal properties make it very attractive in the treatment of Candidiasis. Being an all natural product it has few side effects when compared to commercial anti-fungals. If you wish to read more on the research into Oregano Oil click here.

How to take Oil of Oregano

The most commonly found form of Oregano Oil is in a small bottle with a pippet. You should start buy adding only three drops to a glass of water twice daily. You will find that it has a very strong taste and if it touches your mouth as you swallow you may experience a burning sensation. Don’t panic, this is normal! As your treatment progresses you can increase your consumption up to 6 drops twice daily. You may find it helpful to drink these in two goes rather than in one to reduce the risk of burning your mouth.

You may find Oregano Oil in gel form. These are better if you struggle with not burning your mouth or you find the taste overwhemling. The gel is just as potent as the oil and will deliver 181mg of oil per capsule. Follow the manufactures guidelines on dosage and duration.

You should consider incorporating Oregano Oil into you long-term supplementation routine as there are so many health benefits beyond your Candida treatment. Oregano is now being used in the treatment of digestive issues, respiratory problems, immune health, allergies and skin conditions. Recently it has been found the Oregano contain phenols and other compounds that have an anti-histamine effect that can guard against pollutants and toxins. No doubt there is more to be discovered about this amazing herb in years to come.

 How is Oregano Oil made?

Oregano Oil is so potent because of the concentration of the active compounds found in the plant (Oreganum Vulgare) after the distillation process. The powerful essential oils are extracted by picking the leaves of the shrub and then using a steam distillation process. Eating Oregano as a herb or in an infusion will not give the same anti-fungal properties found in the oil but is does make for a healthy and tasty ingredient in many meals.

Where to buy Oil of Oregano

You should now be able to find Oregano Oil in most good health food shops, or alternatively you can buy it online. There are a couple of things that you should look for before you buy your oil.

Make sure your Oregano Oil is made from the Oreganum Vulgare, which is the medicinal name for Wild Oregano. This is the most effective variety with the highest concentrations of the active compounds that are anti-fungal. It normally originates from the Mediterranean.

Your essential oil should be pure and not contain any alcohol of other ‘carriers’. It is very important that the brand you choose does not contain alcohol as this will feed a Candida infection. Ideally you need to find a brand that has a high Carvacol percentage (at least 50%) as this is the main anti-fungal compound.

Who should not take Oregano Oil?

Although generally very safe, Oregano Oil has been found to be unsuitable for certain people.

Women who are pregnant are not advised to take Oregano Oil because of the potential risk of weakening to the lining of the uterus and womb lining caused by increased blood flow.

Some users find they develop allergic reactions, mainly in the form of skin rashes.

Those with iron deficiencies should not take Oregano Oil as it temporally reduces the body’s capability to absorb the iron.

Always consult with your doctor if you have any reservation about using Oregano Oil.

 

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