95% of the Western population relies on antibiotics and other medicinal treatments, every time they face an illness. Although medicines provide a fast and significant solution to the problem, but the excessive use of drugs lead to the production of resistant strains of germs and pathogens. The current situation demands an urgent need of safe and natural alternatives replacing those expensive drugs.
The Indian Borage popularly known as Oregano is a common natural, and herbal medicinal plant employed for treating many mild but infectious and weakening diseases. From treating food poisoning to delaying the expiration of sauces and spices, from restoring a healthy gut to neutralizing the venomous insect bites and stings, Oregano plant extracts are almost used everywhere.
Recently, studies have revealed the potent use of oregano oil in killing pathogens effectively and safely. The researchers from the Georgetown University Medical Center have investigated the effects that the oregano oil would have on the growth of fungal yeast-Candida albicans. Candida had been known for its detrimental effects, that it causes when overgrown, on the digestive system, joints’ movement, and muscle exhaustion.
The researchers employed two groups of rats infected with fungal diseases. One group was given oregano oil diluted using olive oil as a carrier. However, the other group was treated using the olive oil only.
It was reported that the mice treated using oregano-olive oil mixture survived successfully through the fungal infections. However, the ones kept deprived of the oregano oil and given olive oil only expired within ten days of the infection. The researchers suggested that 0.25 mg/ml of the oregano oil was enough to stall the germination and growth of the fungal mycelia.
The effective uses of oregano oil is not limited to candida only.
- A 2012 study reported oregano oil to be equally successful against the growth of 20 different bacterial E. coli strains. It was asserted to be a safe alternative for the people suffering from anemia, serious gastrointestinal problems, and kidney failure.
- It was also declared to combat 20 strains of P. aeruginosa, which may cause skin rashes, pneumonia and ear infections.
- In addition, oregano oil can limit the growth of H. pylori bacterium which promotes gastric ulcers.
- Other studies have also shown that it can kill 30 other strains of bacteria that cause skin infections and the common cold.
- It can also fight coronavirus which promotes respiratory infections like pneumonia.
The researchers have also found that the oil of Himalayan oregano is useful for fighting the MRSA pathogen. The MRSA pathogen is the basic hand behind the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus that kills about the 11,000 people each year.
Oregano oil gets its ability from its constituents i.e. carvacrol, rosemarinic acid, and thymol. Carvacrol protects the living system from methotrexate toxicity. Thymol strengthens the immune system against foreign irritants. Oregano oil also contains the antibacterial and antioxidant ursolic acid, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids.
Oregano oil is not something to be taken straight. Experts advise not to take oregano oil for more than two weeks consecutively because its antibacterial effect is so strong that it can kill healthful and beneficial gut bacteria. A consumption of probiotic foods like sauerkraut or miso soup is advised when you’re taking the oil of oregano. The oil can also be topically used to treat problems like ringworm and athlete’s foot. Women’s with irregular periods can also use oregano oil to regulate their menstrual cycle and protect themselves against cramps.
Oregano oil is thus stated to be an essential part of your survival kit because it presents a natural healing tool against almost all kinds of infectious and pathogenic ilnesses.