One of the common natural remedies at the first sign of a cold is oil of oregano. It is derived from the origanum vulgare herb, which is a member of the mint family. Its strong taste suggests that it simply must be effective at fighting off colds and other ailments. When it is in its pure form, oil of oregano has very powerful antimicrobial properties. In fact, it should be diluted when used, and never used for long periods of time because of how strong an effect it can have. Here are a few common uses for this powerful natural antimicrobial.
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Use It As An Anti-Fungal
Oregano oil is a potent substance and has been shown to have anti-fungal properties. This can be used in a diluted form and added to water for soaking, or added to another carrier oil and placed on the skin in areas of concern. For example, this preparation can be used for uncomplicated toenail fungus. As a rule the oil should be diluted to reduce the chances of irritation from the oil in its natural form.
Use It For Gut Health
Oil of oregano can also be used for various stomach concerns. It had been used in the past as an anti-parasitic, and for other gut infections. Although it is recommended to seek medical attention if you think you have a parasite infection, taking oregano oil can be an effective preparation to use, and it can be used prophylactically for short periods of time. As always with this powerful her it should be diluted when used, and never taken in large amounts.
Good For Respiratory Infections
Finally, oil of oregano can be a great solution for the nagging sinus congestion and upper respiratory infections. A few drops of oregano oil added to a diffuser, or used with steam inhalation can be very effective at clearing sinuses while providing some anti-microbial support.
When To Avoid Using This
Although there are many uses for oil of oregano in adults, one should take caution with children and pregnant or nursing women. A health care professional should be consulted in these instances as concentrated oils, if too strong, can be toxic to children and infants.