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Nature’s Antibiotic

Jun 04, 2014 04:02AM

Oil of oregano, a member of the mint family, has become the traveler’s go-to for many different ailments. Oil of oregano is one of nature’s most powerful antibiotics. Time and time again, it proves to work its wonders. Oil of wild oregano has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. A published laboratory study out of the United Kingdom found that oil of oregano showed effectiveness against 25 different bacteria, including MRSA. One drop per day can help to maintain a healthy immune function.

Oil of oregano is high in antioxidant activity and contains vitamins A, C and E, niacin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron and manganese. It may be useful in treatment for athlete’s foot, psoriasis, eczema, worms and protozoa, diarrhea, intestinal gas, sore throat, sinusitis, breathing difficulties, dandruff, diaper rash, insect bites, helps to reduce fever and relieve cramps. Oil of oregano is used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent, provides immune-enhancing benefits, supports healthy digestion and respiratory function. 

When you feel a cold coming on or sore throat, take a few drops and rub them on your swollen lymph glands several times throughout the day.  Additionally, dilute a few drops in water, gargle for one minute and swallow. If you have a toothache, place a few drops on a Q-tip, rub it around the affected tooth and bite down on it. For cavity prevention, add a couple of drops onto your toothbrush with or without toothpaste.

Make sure your oil of oregano is wild crafted and either species Thymus capitatus or Origanum vulgare. Do not use if you are pregnant or sensitive to oregano. Oil of oregano is extremely potent, so exercise caution when consuming and make sure it is diluted in carrier oil.

Dr. Isabel Sharkar is a licensed naturopathic physician and co-owner of Indigo Integrative Health Clinic in Georgetown. To find out more about genetic testing, call 202-298-9131 or visit


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