The common oregano is well known as a spice in flavoring dishes. The scientific name of this oregano is Oregano Marjorum. What is not well known is another oregano plant that is used to treat a lot of diseases. Although not as popular as other medicinal herbs, wild oregano (Origanum vulgare), has long been used by Europeans to cure cough and colds. These early people crushed the leaves of wild oregano and used it to preserve foods and heal wounds and skin infections.
Numerous studies have shown that oil extracted from this species of wild oregano does indeed have very potent medicinal properties. It is rich in natural compounds that can fight bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even parasites, with the same effects as that of pharmaceutical drugs. Oil of oregano available in the market today contains carvacrol and thymol, both acknowledged as having antibacterial properties.
Commercially produced oreganol is usually a mixture of pure oregano oil and olive oil. It is available in different strengths or concentrations. When using bottled oregano oil for treatment, herbalists usually recommend mixing 2-4 drops to a glass of water or juice. Some people mix the oil with other fluids like fruit juices to make it more palatable. You can also use the oil sublingually, so just place a few drops under the tongue.
Recommended dosage is 2 to 4 drops per day for 15 days. Herbalists recommend taking one drop four times a day. After 15 days, rest for another 15 days, and then repeat the cycle. To treat skin problems, apply oil of oregano directly to the affected part at least once a day.
To relieve cough and sore throat, add 2 drops of oregano oil to a glass of salt water. Gargle it from one to two times a day. Make your teeth and gums healthy by using it as your toothpaste. Use from 1-2 drops of oil of oregano for this purpose.
As you can see, oreganol benefits are very varied and it is well worth giving this oil a try. It has been used successfully to treat all sorts of conditions from skin diseases, colds and flu, aches and pains to gum and oral health.