over 4,000 years of man's history, the ancient
herb Oregano has been used by healers world wide
to treat a wide variety of ailments, and to strengthen
man's ability to fight off illness. It has powerful
bacteria and fungi killing properties, as well
as being used as a painkiller and anti-inflammatory.
ancient Greeks were among the first to take advantage
of oregano's medicinal qualities. The Greeks termed
the spice origanos, meaning "delight of
the mountains." Those who have visited Greece,
where oregano covers the hillsides and scents
the summer air, would probably agree with this
name. The sweet, spicy scent of Oregano was reputedly
created by the Goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of
happiness. Bridal couples were crowned with garlands
of oregano, and the plants were placed on the
tombs to give peace to departed spirits.
is one of the most diverse health aides available.
Researchers have uncovered numerous benefits to
using oregano and extracted oil of oregano. But
buyer beware, these significant health benefits
are unattainable if the oregano is not the true
substance. Although there are a wide variety of
plants that are confused with oregano (including
marjoram, thyme and sage), true oregano grows
wild in Mediterranean regions such as Greece.
The wild oregano is the source of surprisingly
potent oil of oregano.
oil of oregano offers many exciting remedies to
a variety of ailments. In Herbal Renaissance,
Steven Foster credits oregano 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)."
The Cure is in the Cupboard, Cass Ingram,
D.O., has written a book that is dedicated to
unveiling the health benefits of oregano and oil
of oregano. He notes that "wild oregano is
a veritable a natural mineral treasure-house,
containing a density of minerals that would rival
virtually any food."
wild oregano is rich in a long list of minerals
that includes calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron,
potassium, copper, boron, and manganese. Vitamins
C and A (beta carotene) and niacin also are contained
in oregano. Judging from its mineral content alone,
it isn't hard to figure out why oregano is such
a valuable commodity. Consider some of oregano's
other useful purposes and it becomes even more
is one of Nature's finest preservatives."
states Ingram in another book, Supermarket
Remedies. The author suggests that if oregano
is used with foods such as meat, eggs, milk, or
salad, you "will greatly halt the growth of
microbes and, thus, reduce the risk for food poisoning."
key element in oregano is the oil, which Foster
points out "contains carvacrol and thymol as
the primary components." Foster attributes
the "fungicidal and worm-expellant properties"
of oil of oregano to carvacrol and thymol. "These
two phenols may constitute as much as 90% of (the
Ingram adds that these two phenols work synergistically
and that is the reason "oil of oregano packs
a double punch in antiseptic power and explains
why it is infinitely more potent than commercial
phenol in microbial killing power."
of this helps make oregano oil a significant factor
in treating internal and external fungi including
athletes foot. Skin conditions such as psoriasis
and eczema can be improved with the treatment
as well. Ingram explains the astonishing discovery
that "oil of oregano outright destroys all
variety of fungi and yeasts, regardless of where
addition to fighting various fungi, oil of oregano
is useful against bacteria and parasites. As Ingram
asserts, "oil of oregano's antiseptic powers
are immense...it inhibits the growth of the majority
of bacteria, something that prescription antibiotics
fail to accomplish." In the case of parasites,
oil of oregano has had success neutralizing worms,
amoebae and protozoans.
uses for oregano and oil of oregano are unlimited.
They have been found helpful in combating diarrhea,
intestinal gas, and digestive problems, as well
as sore throat and breathing difficulties. Oil
of oregano can be immediate help against bee stings
and many venomous bites until medical attention
can be reached. Oil of oregano has even been suggested
as a treatment for dandruff, diaper rash, and
other skin disorders.
benefits of oregano have gone largely unnoticed
and underpublicized for far too long. As Ingram
notes, oregano is "one of the world's finest
natural medicines, that is if it's true oregano."
So while oregano may hold the answer for a number
of your health questions, be sure that it is in
fact the real thing. Remember, these remedies
are only attributed to genuine oregano and oil
of oregano. Nonetheless, their values are much
too important to overlook. Oregano may just be
the thing you are searching for, or maybe didn't
realize was available.
studies are discovering that Oregano, the "pizza
herb", is a powerful antioxidant. The compound
in Oregano, rosmarinic acid, has antibacterial,
anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties.
Of all the plants in the mint family, Oregano
is the richest in antioxidants.
may help prevent the cell damage caused by free
radicals--highly unstable oxygen molecules that
steal electrons from other molecules they find.
Free radical reactions are most likely involved
in inflammation, degenerative arthritis and the
aging process in general. Evidence is growing
that antioxidants may help relieve osteoarthritis
also contains four anti-asthmatic compounds; six
compounds that are expectorants; seven that lower
blood pressure; nineteen antibacterial compounds
and up to 8.8 percent bactericidal compounds.
with antiseptic compounds, Oregano is useful in
treating sinusitis; try a tea and inhale as you
a tea by using one to two teaspoons of dried oregano
per cup of boiling water.
to Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables
and Herbs, Oregano helps reduce fevers and
relieve cramps, bronchitis, childhood diseases
such as measles and mumps, and irregular menstruations.
Make this tea: bring a pint of water to a boil.
Remove from heat and add one teaspoon of Oregano.
Stir well, cover and let steep for about half
an hour. Strain and it can be refrigerated. Warming
only slightly that amount to be consumed, one
cup two to three times daily.
is an excerpt from Dr.
Cass Igram's book "The
Cure is in the Cupboard"
"Infectious disease and Oil
A microbe is described
in the dictionary as a minute form of life. A
microorganism is one that causes disease. We are
surrounded by an infinite number of microorganisms.
We tend to think of them as something outside
the body, but if truth be known, the number of
microbes residing in the body would be shocking.These
microbes or microorganisms have a critical influence
on our health. Infectious diseases are responsible
for many of our modern day diseases, disabilities
and deaths. Most of the hospital visits are infection
related and more than 90% of doctor visits are
due to infections.
While the major cause
of death in this country is degenerative diseases,
infectious diseases are the major cause world
wide. However, between the 1600's to the early
1900's, a large number of deaths were infection
related. For example in the early 1900's several
million people died from a flu epidemic. In that
same era, other killers such as cholera, diphtheria,
tuberculosis, small pox, typhus, pertussis, hepatitis,
shigella and amebic dysentery claimed many lives.
In the 1940's, we
see a dramatic reduction of these untimely deaths
due to improved sanitation and nutrition and the
advent of antibiotics. Yet infections still kill
even in spite of the advances in modern medicine.
The latest statistics show that the number of
infection related deaths have risen by 60% between
1980-1992. It is expected that at this rate, by
the year 2000, infectious diseases will rival
heart disease and cancer as a primary cause of
Many viruses and
bacteria have become immune to the current arsenal
of antibiotics. There is no drug available that
is guaranteed to cure any of the major infectious
diseases. In fact, drugs, particularly antibiotics,
have aggravated the dilemma. The widespread use
of antibiotics have created mutant resistant microbes
and because these microbes alter their genetics,
they have become immune to the antibiotic.
These mutants are
a major cause of severe illness in western culture.
These genetically altered microbes are not only
able to resist the antibiotic, but they are also
able to invade the immune system. Some bacteria
are even able to digest the drug and use it for
fuel. They are extremely difficult to kill.
The diseases that
result can be life threatening. The "Hippocrates"
magazine quotes that 130,000 hospitalized patients
in this country die each year due to antibiotic
resistant microbes. In "Germs that won't die"
by Lappe tens of thousands of Americans who have
never had a serious infection develop one simply
by entering a hospital as a patient or a visitor.
Millions of people lose their health or lives
from infections which could be potentially cured
if physicians only knew about the antiseptics
Many people are also
allergic to antibiotics. Some reactions are sudden
and often severe. Many have died or have suffered
serious damage to their immune system and/or internal
organs. Americans spend thousands of dollars on
antibiotic. Sadly, this is not money well spent.
Most of the drugs are ultimately ineffective and
tend to aggravate the illness. There are several
mutant microbes. These mutants continue to cause
trouble and do not respond to treatment. Antibiotics
also destroy the friendly bacteria that perform
useful functions, i.e., Lactobacillus acidophilus.
These friendly bacteria aid the immune system
and help prevent infection. Drug toxicity is another
problem arising from the widespread use of drugs.
Some drugs such as
aminoglycosides, erythromycin and tetrecyclines
damage vital organs such as the liver, bone marrow
and kidneys. Antibiotics are a regular cause of
hepatitis, inflammatory damage to the liver. Antibiotics
have their place, but they are prescribed excessively
and this has led to a much more serious and dangerous
companies are investigating the use of natural
substances in the treatment of infectious diseases.
Before the advent of penicillin, such substances
as sulfur, garlic, ginger, goldenseal, Echinacea,
thyme, camphor and horseradish were commonly used
as natural antiseptics.
A look back at history
either to a museum or an old pharmacy will reveal
that natural medicines were the mainstay and served
as such for over 200 years. Many physicians and
herbalists for years used these natural substances
to fight infections and microbial resistance was
not a problem.
We must once again
return to our natural resources to eradicate the
enormous number of infectious diseases including
those which are now resistant to antibiotics.
Synthetic drugs are unreliable and are responsible
for complicating the sickness. Side effects are
numerous and often severe and lead to a host of
new problems which then might require treatment.
Natural antibiotics are essentially non toxic.
Oil of Oregano
is a premier antiseptic and contains a wide range
of antimicrobial powers. It is unequaled in its
ability to kill a wide range of microbes and it
does not promote microbial resistance. The oil
is derived from certain species of oregano plants,
similar to what is grown in herb gardens. Its
odor or fragrance is pungent and its flowers are
This is not to be
compared to what we find in the spice section
of the grocery store or in Italian foods. Oregano,
as we know it, is not the same medicinally. You
won't achieve the desired results by eating pizza
The oil is derived
from a unique species of plant that grows throughout
the world. The oregano is rich in essential oil
and is processed in a special type of distillation.
This procedure ensures minimal alteration of the
active ingredients and the curative properties
are preserved. The result is an amber colored
liquid which has a powerful and hot tasting flavor.
Its odor is similar to camphor. It takes 200 pounds
of herb to produce 2 pounds of oil. It is difficult
and expensive to produce.
The premier features
of this product are:
- its valuable inflammatory actions
- can neutralize a wide range of spiders, scorpions,
bees, ants and snake bites and stings
- natural antiseptic, can treat various painful
lesions and pain disorders
- mucolytic, helps to mobilize and thin mucous,
useful in lung disorders
- antitussive, halts cough and eases spasticity
of the lung tubules
- antispasmodic, obliterates tightness and spasms
- its greatest attribute is its antimicrobial
Some of the infectious
diseases are; staph/strep, E. Coli, veneral disease,
salmonella, cholera, typhus, flesh eating bacteria,
camphylobacter, dysentery, mycoplasma, Epstein
Barr, HIV Heliobacter, herpes, colds, flu, hepatitis,
tuberculosis, Lyme, Shigella, Candida, Cyclospora,
Cryptosporidium, Meningoccoccus, Encephalitic
virus, dengue and hantavirus. They can strike
at anytime. Not only is it the epitome of distress
to contact one of these diseases, many of them
are fatal and have no medical cure.
What is little known
is that in addition to the acute infections, many
chronic diseases are also caused by infections.
Diseases including arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia,
lupus, ulcerative colitis, chronic fatigue syndrome,
rosacea, gastritis, and Chron's disease are not
usually correctly treated. Antibiotics will not
work for these conditions, rather, it is the natural
antiseptic and nutritional therapies that are