With people saying so many essential oils are good for you, it’s easy to overlook many actual benefits. This is especially the case with oregano essential oil.
This is one of the healthiest, most beneficial options to add to your home, but how many of you really know all the ways it can help?
It really does work. This is something that has been used in natural medicine for centuries, by many different cultures.
Here are 5 benefits of using oregano essential oil on a daily basis:
1. Kill Fungi, Bacteria, and Parasites
Oregano essential oil has medicinal properties. In fact, it was one of the most popular options for treating ailments for the Ancient Greeks and Romans. It can kill off the majority of infections, whether started by fungi, bacteria or parasites.
When placed directly on fungus-infected nails, it will work on treating the problem naturally. You can make a foot soak with it, and enjoy a peaceful 10 minutes to soften and treat your feet. This won’t just help a fungal nail infection but also conditions like athlete’s foot. If you don’t have time for a soak, you can also apply directly to the nail.
It’s also something that you can use in your mouth to help fight infections. Try oil pulling with it, especially mixing it with a little bit of coconut oil for other health benefits.
If you have a sinus infection or a cold, put some oregano oil in a bowl of hot water. Put your head over, with a towel draped over your head, so that you can breathe in the oil. You can also add a bit to your bath water for a soak to clear your sinuses and fight the infection.
2. Treat Croup, Asthma, and Other Respiratory Infections
The oil doesn’t just help to fight the infection, but can also clear the upper respiratory area of gunk that is blocking it. This works in the same way as mentioned above; by breathing in the fumes when you add some of the essential oil to some hot water.
The benefit is that this can help to relieve the symptoms of viral infections and of respiratory conditions. Asthma is extremely annoying and can be severe for some people. Helping to clear the airways on an evening could ease breathing for a good night’s sleep. It can also help a patient has suffered a bad attack one day.
Those who suffer from a croup or a whooping cough may find that their symptoms are relieved with the oregano essential oil. The oil can also treat the bacteria causing the infection.
3. Improve Skin Conditions
If you suffer from dry or oily skin, or you have a condition like psoriasis or eczema, oregano oil is something to consider. It can really help to improve skin conditions, and is something that can be applied topically.
The oil works with your body’s natural oil production. If the natural oil production is low, it will soften the skin and help to combat the flakiness. This helps to improve dandruff and dry skin, while also helping to fight against the likes of psoriasis and eczema.
When the oil production is high, the essential oil can help to balance it out and reduce the rate the body produces it. This helps to cut down on oily skin conditions. While it works with the skin’s natural production, it will also help to protect against common problems of the oily skin, including acne.
This is something that you can add into your moisturizing cream. You can also add it to a body wash, creating a natural, cleansing and healthy option for your skin. If you exfoliate, use it in a moisturizing cream for afterwards to help get all the benefits soaked right in.
4. Ease Toothache and Reduce Gum Disease Risk
Remember that the oregano essential oil helps to fight against bacteria. This is something that you can use for oil pulling, which will help to fight against common problems associated with the teeth and gums. The bacteria are drawn to the oil, so when you spit it out, you get rid of all the bacteria in your mouth. Fewer bacteria in your mouth means that you are at a lower risk of developing gum disease or making current gum disease worse.
It can also help with reducing toothache and even prevent tooth decay. The bacteria and plaque build up gets through the enamel and affects the tooth pulp. By getting it all out of the mouth, there is nothing left to eat through the enamel on your teeth. You may also find that it helps to get food previously stuck in teeth, to avoid sensitivity issues.
Try mixing this with coconut oil before pulling. Coconut oil offers other health benefits, and also tastes a bit better than straight oregano essential oil.
5. Repel Insects
How often have you gone to sit in your back garden during the summer, just to be attacked by insects? How difficult is it to go camping without having to deal with little flies biting away at you? There doesn’t seem to be anything to stop them, without having to buy insect repellents full of chemicals.
That is not the case when you have oregano essential oil. It can be applied directly to the skin as a moisturizer, and it will repel the insects throughout the day. You can also dilute it into a spray bottle and use it as and when you need it.
Insects don’t like the smell or the taste. It’s also healthier for you than the repellents that you can get from the store, which doesn’t always work properly.
Oregano oil has been used for centuries as a medicinal treatment. It is full of benefits, especially when it comes to fighting off bacteria, fungi, and parasites. By fighting them off, your body won’t have to work as hard to keep your immune system working. You’ll also feel much better in yourself, knowing that you’re fighting them off naturally. You can also treat skin conditions and protect yourself from insects during the summer months.
What reason do you have not to use oregano essential oil?
Author Bio: Karen Reed is the managing editor at the health community at Positive Health Wellness. Positive Health Wellness strives to give people the information they are looking for to live a healthier, happier and more positive life each and every day.