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
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 obvious.
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 oil)."
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 they reside."
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
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
with antiseptic compounds, Oregano is useful in treating
sinusitis; try a tea and inhale as you drink.
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.
The following is
an excerpt from Dr.
Cass Igram's book "The
Cure is in the Cupboard"
"Infectious disease and Oil of
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 death.
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 of nature.
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 reasons why.
Antibiotics create 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 health crisis.
Incredibly, drug 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
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 quite colorful.
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 or spaghetti.
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
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 property
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 the answer."