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Oregano Oil: A Natural Alternative to Antibiotics…and More

October 18th, 2012

Let me tell you how I came to learn first-hand of the incredible healing properties of oregano oil…
If any of you read our story, you know that I have been on a journey to restore my health over the past 5 years or so.  At the lowest of low points in my health crisis I was bed-ridden for a month and half, covered in rashes and extremely ill with a crazy infection that consisted of pus-filled pockets in my throat and mouth. Doctors were quite concerned and would give me antibiotic after antibiotic, searching for something that could fight this raging infection. The symptoms improved a bit with the antibiotics and then within a couple days of finishing them the infection would return with a vengeance. This occurred 4 times in a month and a half.  Coming off of a few days of the 4th round of antibiotics, I had barely enough energy to get myself in the car and drive to Whole Foods for a few things.  This serendipitous trip to Whole Foods ended up being a pivotal shift in my health…for the better!

I was standing in the check out line and I look over at the magazine section…one in particular catches my eye.  I open the Well-Being Journal (which is a well-researched journal on health topics) to an article titled, “Natural Solutions to Drug Resistant Infections”.  Hope filled my heart and I was compelled to read on.  The article mentioned a few herbal substances that had powerful microbial killing properties, including wild Mediterranean Oregano Oil.  The article mentioned a book written by Dr. Cass Ingram called The Cure is in the Cupboard: How to Use Oregano for Better Health, which is a book all about the healing properties of oregano and how to use it.  I had my husband get the book at the library and I began reading ferociously.  I purchased the oil and began taking it immediately.  Sure, enough my mouth/throat infection went away and did not return.  Also, for the first time in a year I began getting relief from my rashes.  It was an absolute blessing for me and instrumental in me regaining my health.  Now..I keep it on hand at all times and always when I travel.

Wild Mediterranean oregano oil is an incredibly powerful anti-microbial and healing substance. It has been used therapeutically for centuries dating back to 3,000 B.C. See below for all a list of the medicinal and healing properties of this oil:

  • anti-fungal
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-viral
  • anti-parasitic
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antioxidant
  • anti-venom action (neutralizes the venom of spiders, bees, ants, snakes, etc)
  • natural anesthetic
  • mucolytic (helps mobilize mucous)
  • antitussive agent (helps ease coughs and spasticity of the lungs)
  • antispasmodic (decreases tightness and spasms of muscles)

This type of oregano oil is different from the oregano typically found growing in a garden or found in the spice section at the grocery store. Therapeutic grade or medicinal oregano is grown in various locations around the world, with the highest grades grown in the Mediterranean. It takes about 200 pounds of this herb to produce 2 pounds of oil, and is therefore difficult and expensive to produce.

It is extremely effective against a wide range of microbes: bacteria, fungus, viruses, and parasites. Research has shown medicinal grade oregano to destroy antibiotic resistant super germs, as was evident in my personal experience and healing.  At the first sign of a cold or flu, I take a few drops every few hours and am typically able to knock it out before it turns into anything troublesome.  I always take it with me when I travel in case I were to need it for anything.  I also take a few drops when I travel as a preventative measure.  It can also be taken with meals while traveling to prevent food poisoning (this is quite helpful when traveling to other countries). Oregano oil is a wonderful natural anti-microbial and is great to have in the cupboard for an unexpected cold or a variety of other ailments.  Now that I have learned of oregano oil and other healing herbs, I have not had to take antibiotics in 5 years.

Oregano oil is effective in treating a myriad of conditions, some of which include, colds/flu,  lung conditions (asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis), arthritis, animal bites, candida, ear infections, rashes, giardia, sore throat, tuberculosis, and diarrhea just to name a few. Dr. Ingram includes an A to Z guide of medical uses for oregano oil in his book, The Cure is in the Cupboard. See Dr. Ingram’s book for detailed protocols on how to take the oil for particular conditions.

The recommended and trusted source of Dr. Cass Ingram is wild Mediterranean oregano oil produced by the company North American Herb and Spice Company.  Remember, not just any oregano oil has the therapeutic benefits I am speaking of.  The quality and proper preparation of the oil is important. North American Herb and Spice Company has an array of products that use oregano oil.  I use the product called Super Strength Oreganol P73.  You can purchase it online at Amazon and occasionally find it at natural grocery stores or natural pharmacies. I found it locally at Natural Grocer in Austin, TX. There may be other brands out there that have quality, therapeutic-grade oregano oil, but this is the one I am familiar with and can personally attest to its potency and effectiveness.

Brenda Walding, DPT, FDN
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10 Responses

  1. Kimberly Martin Harding says:

    I have been using this for many years. I always gave it to my boss at the onset of a cold.

    Sent from my iPad Kimberly

  2. katiivey says:

    Very interesting! I’ve been hearing about this oil and would love to use it in place of antibiotics.

  3. Donna Looper says:

    My son has a heart condition (Supraventricular Tachycrdia) that requires him to take 2 heart meds (for now) to control it. We have been told that he will need to avoid stimulants since they can trigger and SVT episode…this includes decongestants. So, what we would typically turn to to fight off a cold is not an option for him. I wonder if Oregano would be a good choice for him? Are you aware of any side effects that might cause problems?

  4. PeggySue2u2 says:

    I swear by this stuff.
    We use Oregano p73. We take no more than 6 drops at night or in the morning when we need it. You can take more but I would suggest calling North American Herb and Spice at 800-243-5242 to find your proper dosages.
    My parents take it everyday and my Dad is over 83 and more healthy than me.

    My granddaughter is allergic to all antibiotics as well as penicillin so with no other alternative, we were elated to find that this stuff worked so well. So, we continue using it when needed. Her surgeon handed me the “prescription” and said that I could fill it or continue using Oreganol and proceeded to tell me that he, himself uses it. He is still her doctor:). We chose the later and (last week) found no recurring infections (5 yrs later) caused by her kidney. I think she’s finally outgrown it. This had saved her from many flu viruses as well as many infections caused by her kidney issues throughout the years. Not to mention, to protect her kidney. We do not take this everyday; only when needed.

    Prior to her taking this, I had already been taking it for my fungal/mold allergies; which totally got rid of my asthma. I have avoided food poisoning with a few drops under my tongue as well … when others didn’t and came down sick. It has many other benefits. Check it out for yourself online.

    My parents live in the deep country and people drop off their pets, so city pets often get into trouble with poisonous snakes when my parents find them as they seek out help naturally. About 10 drops of Oreganolp73 and the animal greets them at their door in the morning as if nothing happened. Often, they’ve kept the dogs and some have had to be turned into the shelter due to the overabundance of dogs turned out by their owners.

    As for taste; I would suggest the capsules, as this is potent stuff and leaves a numbing/heat effect on your tongue. We are used to it though and actually prefer the drops so that we can control the dosages better. If it can’t hurt you, it might just help you. Try it for yourselves.

    • Melissa says:

      It is far better to take things in drops if you can as its easily absorbed into the bloodstream. Unlike capsules, it bypasses the gut.
      Wondering as I have lyme disease, have you heard of it helping anyone with it?

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