Oregano oil, created by the steam distillation of wild oregano (especially from the mountains in Greece) leaves packs a potent punch. Like its herb leaf form, oregano oil is rich with health-promoting advantages and through the steam distillation process, some of them are even more potent. So read on to discover why this must have a special place in your cupboard with our Top 5 Health Benefits of Oregano Oil!
1. Treats respiratory conditions
Oregano oil has the ability to act as an expectorant, which is the term for a medicine which can help to loosen up or eliminate uncomfortable mucous and phlegm build up. By inducing coughing fits it can also start to soothe your lungs and throat making it perfect as a way to help prevent and manage colds.
When applied topically oregano oil can be used to both combat fungal infections (e.g. athlete’s foot) and prevent them from occurring in the first place. This benefit is not limited to just exterior problems however, oregano oil can be ingested in small quantities to help prevent a variety of complex internal fungal infections.
3. Fights disease
With the ability to fight off E.Coli and other bacteria, oregano oil is well known for its antibacterial properties. It does not end there, however, carvacrol, a compound found in oregano and its oil, has been shown to effectively fight off MRSA, all without creating a new superbug strain of the infection.
A sedative by nature, this oil can help to calm the hypersensitivity of the immune system associated with allergic reactions. As a result, oregano oil can be used to provide relief from a number of allergy symptoms so be sure to keep some of this stuff handy if you’re looking for a completely natural anti-allergy solution!
5. Insect repellent
Carvacrol and thymol, compounds found in the oil, can be used to repel insects. Either put a few drops on outdoor furniture or dilute and apply to yourself to ward off those pesky, pernicious insects naturally. Do be careful however if you apply it directly to your skin, as oregano oil can irritate it if not diluted in a suitable concentration ratio.
Want to learn more about this oil’s powerful health benefits? Watch the video above to see how it can be used to fight colds. What uses of oregano oil have been most effective for you? Let us know in the comments below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! (Check out our other Top 5 articles to quickly and easily help you get YOUR Fit ON!)