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Oil of Oregano

Post#1 » Wed May 16, 2007 2:32 am

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Oil of Oregano

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It was believed, by the ancient Greeks, that the God Venus created
Oregano and gave it wonderful sweet favor and scent. The herb was
said to be the favorite of Aphrodite. The word oregano means "joy of
the mountain" from the Greek oros, meaning mountain and ganos
meaning joy. Bridal couples where crowned with garlands of oregano
to bring them peace and tranquility. Oregano grew wildly on the
Greek hillsides and was believed to make the the grazing goats and
sheep healthier and their meat more tender and tastier.

Inscribed on clay tablets thousands of years old (found in the Mid
East), were instructions on how to "anoint" (or purify) those
attending religious meetings. "Hyssop" (mentioned in the Bible and
now known as the ancient herb Oregano) was used by boiling water
that had the oregano leaves in it, then rinsing the hands and feet
of the participants with this potent mixture. The powerful
antiviral, antibacterial properties of oregano would naturally
destroy any possible infections that might have been inadvertently
carried into these sacred meetings.

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For over 4,000 years of man's history, the ancient herb Oregano has
been used by healers world wide to treat a wide variety of ailments,
and to strengthen man's ability to fight off illness. It has
powerful bacteria and fungi killing properties, as well as being
used as a painkiller and anti-inflammatory.

The ancient Greeks were among the first to take advantage of
oregano's medicinal qualities. The Greeks termed the spice origanos,
meaning "delight of the mountains." Those who have visited Greece,
where oregano covers the hillsides and scents the summer air, would
probably agree with this name. The sweet, spicy scent of Oregano was
reputedly created by the Goddess Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness.
Bridal couples were crowned with garlands of oregano, and the plants
were placed on the tombs to give peace to departed spirits.

Oregano is one of the most diverse health aides available.
Researchers have uncovered numerous benefits to using oregano and
extracted oil of oregano. But buyer beware, these significant health
benefits are unattainable if the oregano is not the true substance.
Although there are a wide variety of plants that are confused with
oregano (including marjoram, thyme and sage), true oregano grows
wild in Mediterranean regions such as Greece. The wild oregano is
the source of surprisingly potent oil of oregano.

True oil of oregano offers many exciting remedies to a variety of
ailments. In Herbal Renaissance, Steven Foster credits oregano as
having "been employed to treat indigestion, diarrhea, nervous
tension, insect bites, toothache, earache rheumatism, and coughs due
to whooping cough and bronchitis (primarily for it's antispasmodic
effects)."

In The Cure is in the Cupboard, Cass Ingram, D.O., has written a
book that is dedicated to unveiling the health benefits of oregano
and oil of oregano. He notes that "wild oregano is a veritable a
natural mineral treasure-house, containing a density of minerals
that would rival virtually any food."

The wild oregano is rich in a long list of minerals that includes
calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron, and
manganese. Vitamins C and A (beta carotene) and niacin also are
contained in oregano. Judging from its mineral content alone, it
isn't hard to figure out why oregano is such a valuable commodity.
Consider some of oregano's other useful purposes and it becomes even
more obvious.

"Oregano is one of Nature's finest preservatives." states Ingram in
another book, Supermarket Remedies. The author suggests that if
oregano is used with foods such as meat, eggs, milk, or salad,
you "will greatly halt the growth of microbes and, thus, reduce the
risk for food poisoning."

The key element in oregano is the oil, which Foster points
out "contains carvacrol and thymol as the primary components."
Foster attributes the "fungicidal and worm-expellant properties" of
oil of oregano to carvacrol and thymol. "These two phenols may
constitute as much as 90% of (the oil)."

However, Ingram adds that these two phenols work synergistically and
that is the reason "oil of oregano packs a double punch in
antiseptic power and explains why it is infinitely more potent than
commercial phenol in microbial killing power."

All of this helps make oregano oil a significant factor in treating
internal and external fungi including athletes foot. Skin conditions
such as psoriasis and eczema can be improved with the treatment as
well. Ingram explains the astonishing discovery that "oil of oregano
outright destroys all variety of fungi and yeasts, regardless of
where they reside."

In addition to fighting various fungi, oil of oregano is useful
against bacteria and parasites. As Ingram asserts, "oil of oregano's
antiseptic powers are immense...it inhibits the growth of the
majority of bacteria, something that prescription antibiotics fail
to accomplish." In the case of parasites, oil of oregano has had
success neutralizing worms, amoebae and protozoans.

Additional uses for oregano and oil of oregano are unlimited. They
have been found helpful in combating diarrhea, intestinal gas, and
digestive problems, as well as sore throat and breathing
difficulties. Oil of oregano can be immediate help against bee
stings and many venomous bites until medical attention can be
reached. Oil of oregano has even been suggested as a treatment for
dandruff, diaper rash, and other skin disorders.

The benefits of oregano have gone largely unnoticed and
underpublicized for far too long. As Ingram notes, oregano is "one
of the world's finest natural medicines, that is if it's true
oregano." So while oregano may hold the answer for a number of your
health questions, be sure that it is in fact the real thing.
Remember, these remedies are only attributed to genuine oregano and
oil of oregano. Nonetheless, their values are much too important to
overlook. Oregano may just be the thing you are searching for, or
maybe didn't realize was available.

Many studies are discovering that Oregano, the "pizza herb", is a
powerful antioxidant. The compound in Oregano, rosmarinic acid, has
antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral
properties. Of all the plants in the mint family, Oregano is the
richest in antioxidants.

Oregano may help prevent the cell damage caused by free radicals--
highly unstable oxygen molecules that steal electrons from other
molecules they find. Free radical reactions are most likely involved
in inflammation, degenerative arthritis and the aging process in
general. Evidence is growing that antioxidants may help relieve
osteoarthritis and rheumatism.

Oregano also contains four anti-asthmatic compounds; six compounds
that are expectorants; seven that lower blood pressure; nineteen
antibacterial compounds and up to 8.8 percent bactericidal
compounds.

Loaded with antiseptic compounds, Oregano is useful in treating
sinusitis; try a tea and inhale as you drink.

Make a tea by using one to two teaspoons of dried oregano per cup of
boiling water.

According to Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables and
Herbs, Oregano helps reduce fevers and relieve cramps, bronchitis,
childhood diseases such as measles and mumps, and irregular
menstruations. Make this tea: bring a pint of water to a boil.
Remove from heat and add one teaspoon of Oregano. Stir well, cover
and let steep for about half an hour. Strain and it can be
refrigerated. Warming only slightly that amount to be consumed, one
cup two to three times daily.

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Cass Igram's book
"The Cure is in the Cupboard"


"Infectious disease and Oil of Oregano"

A microbe is described in the dictionary as a minute form of life. A
microorganism is one that causes disease. We are surrounded by an
infinite number of microorganisms. We tend to think of them as
something outside the body, but if truth be known, the number of
microbes residing in the body would be shocking.These microbes or
microorganisms have a critical influence on our health. Infectious
diseases are responsible for many of our modern day diseases,
disabilities and deaths. Most of the hospital visits are infection
related and more than 90% of doctor visits are due to infections.

While the major cause of death in this country is degenerative
diseases, infectious diseases are the major cause world wide.
However, between the 1600's to the early 1900's, a large number of
deaths were infection related. For example in the early 1900's
several million people died from a flu epidemic. In that same era,
other killers such as cholera, diphteria, tuberculosis, small pox,
typhus, pertussis, hepatitis, shigella and amebic dysentery claimed
many lives.

In the 1940's, we see a dramatic reduction of these untimely deaths
due to improved sanitation and nutrition and the advent of
antibiotics. Yet infections still kill even in spite of the advances
in moderm medicine. The latest statistics show that the number of
infection related deaths have risen by 60% between 1980-1992. It is
expected that at this rate, by the year 2000, infectious diseases
will rival heart disease and cancer as a primary cause of death.

Many viruses and bacteria have become immune to the current arsenal
of antibiotics. There is no drug available that is guaranteed to
cure any of the major infectious diseases. In fact, drugs,
particularly antibiotics, have aggravated the dilemma. The
widespread use of antibiotics have created mutant resistant microbes
and because these microbes alter their genetics, they have become
immune to the antobotic.

These mutants are a major cause of severe illness in western
culture. These genetically altered microbes are not only able to
resist the antibotic, but they are also able to invade the immune
system. Some bacteria are even able to digest the drug and use it
for fuel. They are extremely difficult to kill.

The diseases that result can be life threatening. The "Hippocrates"
magazine quotes that 130,000 hospitalized patients in this country
die each year due to antibiotic resistant microbes. In "Germs that
won't die" by Lappe tens of thousands of Americans who have never
had a serious infection develop one simply by entering a hospital as
a patient or a visitor. Millions of people lose their health or
lives from infections which could be potentially cured if physicians
only knew about the antiseptics of nature.

Many people are also allergic to antibiotics. Some reactions are
sudden and often severe. Many have died or have suffered serious
damage to their immune system and/or internal organs. Americans
spend thousands of dollars on antibotics. Sadly, this is not money
well spent. Most of the drugs are ultimately ineffective and tend to
aggravate the illness. There are several reasons why.

Antibiotics create mutant microbes. These mutants continue to cause
trouble and do not respond to treatment. Antibiotics also destroy
the friendly bacteria that perform useful functions, i.e.,
Lactobacillus acidophilus. These friendly bacteria aid the immune
system and help prevent infection. Drug toxicity is another problem
arising from the widespread use of drugs.

Some drugs such as aminoglycosides, erythromycin and tetrecyclines
damage vital organs such as the liver, bone marrow and kidneys.
Antibiotics are a regular cause of hepatitis, inflammatory damage to
the liver. Antibiotics have their place, but they are prescribed
excessively and this has led to a much more serious and dangerous
health crisis.

Incredibly, drug companies are investigating the use of natural
substances in the treatment of infectious diseases. Before the
advent of penicillin, such substances as sulfur, garlic, ginger,
goldenseal, Echinacea, thyme, camphor and horseradish were commonly
used as natural antiseptics.

A look back at history either to a museum or an old pharmacy will
reveal that natural medicines were the mainstay and served as such
for over 200 years. Many physicians and herbalists for years used
these natural substances to fight infections and microbial
resistance was not a problem.

We must once again return to our natural resources to eradicate the
enormous number of infectious diseases including those which are now
resistant to antibiotics. Synthetic drugs are unreliable and are
responsible for complicating the sickness. Side effects are numerous
and often severe and lead to a host of new problems which then might
require treatment. Natural antobiotics are essentially non toxic.

Oil of Oregano is a premier antiseptic and contains a wide range of
antimicrobial powers. It is unequaled in its ability to kill a wide
range of microbes and it does not promote microbial resistance. The
oil is derived from certain species of oregano plants, similar to
what is grown in herb gardens. Its odor or fragrance is pugnant and
its flowers are quite colorful.

This is not to be compared to what we find in the spice section of
the grocery store or in Italian foods. Oregano, as we know it, is
not the same medicinally. You won't achieve the desired results by
eating pizza or spaghetti.

The oil is derived from a unique species of plant that grows wild
throughout the world. The oregano is rich in essential oil and is
processed in a special type of distillation. This procedure ensures
minimal alteration of the active ingredients and the curative
properties are preserved. The result is an amber colored liquid
which has a powerful and hot tasting flavor. Its odor is similar to
camphor. It takes 200 pounds of herb to produce 2 pounds of oil. It
is difficult and expensive to produce. What you find in health food
stores is not a medicinal grade of oregano.

The premier features of this product are:
- its valuable inflammatory actions
- can neutralize a wide range of spiders, scorpions, bees, ants and
snake bites and stings
- natural antiseptic, can treat various painful lesions and pain
disorders
- mucolytic, helps to mobilize and thin mucous, useful in lung
disorders
- antitussive, halts cough and eases spasticity of the lung tubules
- antispasmodic, obliterates tightness and spasms of muscles
- its greatest attribute is its antimicrobial property

Some of the infectious diseases are; staph/strep, E. Coli, veneral
disease, salmonella, cholera, typhus, flesh eating bacteria,
camphylobacter, dysentery, mycoplasma, Epstein Barr, HIV
Heliobacter, herpes, colds, flu, hepatitis, tuberculosis, Lyme,
Shigella, Candida, Cyclospora, Cryptosporidium, Meningoccoccus,
Encephalitic virus, dengue and hantavirus. They can strike at
anytime. Not only is it the epitome of distess to contact one of
these diseases, many of them are fatal and have nomedical cure.

What is little known is that in addition to the acute infections,
many chronic diseases are also caused by infections. Diseases
including arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, lupus, ulcerative
colitis, chronic fatigue syndrom, rosacea, gastritis, and Chron's
disease are not usually correctly treated. Antibiotics will not work
for these conditions, rather, it is the natural antiseptic and
nutritional therepies that are the answer."
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