Oil of Oregano
Oil of Oregano
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Size: 60 count
Manufacturer: Gaia
Suggested Retail Price: US$27.99
Oil of Oregano Facts
Price: US$ 26.00

Product Highlights:

Oregano oil is made by air-drying the leaves and shoots of the plant. Once they are dried, the oil is extracted and concentrated by steam distillation.

The oil contains compounds called phenols, terpenes and terpenoids, which have powerful antioxidant properties and are responsible for its fragrance:

  • Carvacrol: The most abundant phenol in oregano oil. It has been shown to stop the growth of several different types of bacteria
  • Thymol: A natural antifungal that can also support the immune system and protect against toxins
  • Rosmarinic acid: A powerful antioxidant that helps protect against damage caused by free radicals

These compounds are thought to underlie oregano's many health benefits.

Here are some of the potential benefits and uses of oregano oil:

* Anti-bacterial: Oregano oil and the carvacrol it contains may help fight bacteria.

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria are one of the most common causes of infection. They cause ailments including food poisoning and skin infections. One particular study looked at whether oregano oil improved the survival of mice infected with Staphylococcus aureus. Six out of 14 (43%) of the mice given oregano oil lived past 30 days, a survival rate nearly as high as the 7 out of 14 (50%) survival rate for mice that received regular antibiotics.

Research has also shown that oregano oil may be effective against types of bacteria that can become resistant to antibiotics.

This includes Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli, both of which are common causes of urinary tract and respiratory tract infections.

The antibacterial activity of oregano essential oil

* Oregano oil has been shown to lower cholesterol in studies of people and mice with high cholesterol. This is thought to be the result of the compounds carvacrol and thymol.

* Fresh oregano has a very high antioxidant content that is much higher than that of most fruits and vegetables, gram per gram. The antioxidant content is concentrated in oregano oil.

* In test-tube studies, oregano oil has been shown to be effective against the most common form of yeast, Candida.

* Oregano oil may benefit gut health by killing gut parasites and protecting against a leaky gut.
* Preliminary studies have shown that the most abundant compound in oregano oil, carvacrol, inhibits cancer cell growth and causes cell death in lung, liver and breast cancer cells.
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