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Oil of Oregano
Oregano is nature’s antibiotic. It may be one reason why people who eat a Mediterranean diet tend to live longer and healthier lives. It is important not to confuse Oil of Oregano with the Oregano used as a spice for cooking. This Oregano is typically ‘Origanum Marjoram,’ while Oil of Oregano is derived from ‘Origanum Vulgare.’ Enjoy life! Be healthy . . . Kathy
When ‘Origanum Vulgare’ is ingested in the form of capsules, it releases oxygen that reacts with water in the body and produces heat. The heat generated attacks germs and bacteria present in the body and destroys them naturally. Some key benefits are: OO promotes secretion of various digestive juices that improve digestion. The concentrated type of phenol compounds present also calm down an upset stomach.
OO acts as a natural decongestant and can control a sore throat and other respiratory problems because its anti-viral properties destroy the virus causing the infection. If it is taken at the onset of a sinus infection, it can prevent the condition from worsening. Its anti-oxidant qualities neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals and provides protection from various age-related problems, like muscle degeneration, hearing loss, disorders of the nervous system, cancer, etc. It can fight off wrinkles and other signs of aging, too. Its anti-inflammatory properties effectively treat both internal as well as external inflammations.
For those who suffer from joint swelling, it helps reduce swelling and improves joint mobility. In addition, it can also alleviate muscle pain and improves flexibility. Regular intake of OO strengthens the immune system, improving our body's ability to ward off infections caused by fungi, bacteria, virus, protozoa, and other pathogens. While Oil of Oregano has many benefits.
There are some possible side effects:
It may reduce the body's ability to absorb iron. There-
fore, it is recommended that regular use be combined with regular consumption of iron supplements. For this reason, women are advised not to take it during pregnancy.
Pregnant women should also avoid OO since it can stimulate blood flow in the uterus, which can weaken the lining that surrounds the fetus in the womb.
People with allergies to thyme, basil, mint, or sage may be sensitive to Oregano Oil as well, since they are in
the same family of plants. If any skin irritation, rashes,
or vomiting occurs when using it, discontinue its use
and consult your doctor.
Dose: 1 capsule with meals.