Oregano is much more than just a tasty addition to your favorite spaghetti recipe. It is actually an essential oil that is not currently part of my oily arsenal. Oregano came across my radar this month and I was curious about it, so it was time to do a little research to find out what I have been missing! Plus, I have had a lot of questions about this one pop up, so I wanted to be able to share the benefits with others as well. Well, let’s just say…. I am adding this baby to my wish list!
One of the things that I like about essential oils is that a single oil can benefit you in so many different ways. I like to consider the physical, emotional and energetic qualities an oil possesses when adding to my oily collection. Let’s take a peek at some of the highlights of oregano.
Physical Qualities: Oregano would be a fantastic oil to add to an immune boosting blend. We are fully immersed into the autumn season here in Washington, which brings wind, rain, and that damp chill to the air. I am always on the look out for additional ways to support my family and our winter wellness. After all, it’s been years since I have been sick and I am looking to keep that record clean! Oregano is high in phenol content, which makes it an antioxidant and helps boost our overall immune system. It is also known to support the respiratory and digestive systems, as well as helping maintain healthy joints and muscles. With the weather we experience here, I am always grateful for a little extra respiratory support.
According to Dr. Mercola’s website, oregano is known for its ability to help prevent and treat infections, such as: UTIs, Respiratory, Yeast, Parasitic, and MRSA. It has also been known to relieve rashes due to poison ivy and bug bites. It can help ease sore throat, toothache, muscle and joint pain, and cramps. If you would like to learn more about the wide variety of health benefits of oregano oil, please check out the rest of Dr. Mercola’s article at the following link: http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/oregano-oil.aspx
Essential oils also tend to have a beneficial impact on our emotions, mood and energy levels. I am amazed all the time that the more I learn, there really is “an oil for that” with almost any help I am seeking. Oregano brings you warmth and calming, on an energetic level. Emotionally, it helps provide a feeling of well being.
Fun oregano fact, especially for those of you that are living where it is your “buggy” season. Did you know that oregano oil can help ward off insects, so you can enjoy the great outdoors with less annoyance? Carvacrol in oregano oil actually works as a natural repellant. You can reap these benefits by applying a diluted mixture to your skin before heading outside, or adding a few drops to your favorite outdoor chair before you kick back and relax.
Last, but definitely not least….always be safe when using essential oils. Remember, there is a lot of concentrated goodness in a single drop. There is also a ton of essential oils on the market and not all of them are going to give you what you want. You will want to ensure you are utilizing the purest quality oils, so you can really feel the difference essential oils can make in your life. If you are interested, here is some more info on the essential oil company that I choose to use: https://divinelyinspired11.wordpress.com/young-living-oils/
Also, don’t forget to always do your own safety research before you start using a new oil in your life. For example, oregano has high phenol content, so it can cause irritation to skin. To avoid skin sensitivity, it is advisable to always dilute oregano oil and use it with oils that nourish the skin.
Wishing you an abundance of health and wellness!
Sending you light, love & oily blessings!
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and am not here to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure any illness or disease. The information I relay to you is strictly for educational or entertainment purposes only. They have not been evaluated and approved by the FDA. Please seek the advice of the qualified health professional of your choice when you are making health decisions for yourself, your pets, and your family.