Support Your Immune System: Oregano Oil

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

Last week, I wrote about astragalus and its positive effects on the immune system. This week I am tackling oregano oil. Not just a spice used in Italian cooking, oregano extracts have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity. Chronic infections like candidiasis, and contagious new viruses like SARS, seem to be inhibited by oregano. Oregano also seems to be beneficial for respiratory health, but also may act as an expectorant (helps to expel mucus) and antispasmodic (relieves coughing). Chemical substances in oregano account for its tremendous healing qualities. These include alcohols, esters, phenols, and terpenes. They work synergistically to make oregano a powerful natural health aid. Phenols act as antiseptics and antioxidants, while terpenes exhibit antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Alcohol components linalool and borneol add to the antiviral and antiseptic qualities, and esters are potent antifungal agents. A little goes a long way, and if you are using the drops, then 4 drops is all you need. Now, before you go buy it, make sure you buy Oregano Oil liquid and not the Essential Oil of Oregano. The latter is used in aromatherapy and should not be ingested.