The two main constituents in oregano are Thymol and Carvacrol. Thymol is a powerful antiseptic, anti-bacterial and expectorant. Cavacrol is a major player with actions like antimicrobial, antitumor, antimutagenic, antigenotoxic, analgesic, antispasmodic, antiinflammatory, angiogenic, antiparasitic, antiplatelet according to the NIH.
Oil of Oregano
Oil of Oregano is probably the best known oregano healing agent on the market. It is sold at most health food and natural stores.
Taking oil of oregano can be an experience. It is concentrated and quite strong. Many people simply take 3-5 drops directly on their tongue. I am not one of them! I generally put about a tablespoon of water in a glass and add the drops to the water. It works just as well and eases the burn.
The expectorant properties of the oil make this ideal for coughs by loosening the phlegm and allowing it to be coughed up. During a cold and flu oil of oregano helps calm the stomach and can work wonders on a sore throat. It is drawn to infection and targets the exact area. Taking it 3 times a day during a cold or flu can help speed up recovery but you will still experience all the symptoms. They will just be somewhat lighter than if you are not taking it.
Prevention is much better than cure. As with most things it is much easier to prevent cold and flu’s than cure them. This is where oil of oregano comes in handy. At the first sign of a scratchy throat or plugged nose begin taking oil of oregano. Generally if you take it 3 times a day at this point you will find that your symptoms don’t develop. The earlier you catch it the more effective taking oil of oregano is.
Oregano has been used for centuries as a specific remedy for colds and flu’s. The Romans and Greeks used it and modern herbalists still recommend it. Clearly this little plant packs a big punch!
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