What is oil of oregano and where is it found?
Oil of oregano comes from the leaves and flowers of the oregano plant. Oil of Oregano has highly effective antimicrobial properties as well as powerful antioxidants, such as the phenols thymol and carvacrol. It also has intestinal cleansing benefits and may help digestion by increasing bile production and helping fight against bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi.
What are the benefits?
Oil of oregano is used to treat respiratory tract infections, hyperlipidemia, GI disorders, intestinal parasites, yeast infections, allergies, sinusitis, fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, UTIs, and menstrual cramps. It can also be used topically for acne, dandruff, foot or nail fungus, toothaches, psoriasis, toothaches and gum disease. It may also be used as an insect repellent.
Are there interactions with food or medications?
Oil of oregano may interfere with iron, copper, and zinc absorption. It may have a hypoglycemic effect, and people with diabetes and those who take other herbs and supplements that are used to lower glucose levels should be cautious. Oil of oregano may increase the risk of bleeding and should not be taken within 2 weeks prior to surgery. Those allergic to mint, lavender, sage and basil or any plant in the Lamiaceae family should avoid this oil as well. Lithium interacts with oregano and you should speak to a doctor before taking this supplement to avoid side effects.
Are there side effects?
Sometimes large of amounts of oil of oregano can cause stomach upset.