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Use Oil of Oregano as a Natural Antibiotic

Use Oil of Oregano as a Natural Antibiotic

By    |   Tuesday, 28 May 2019 10:28 AM

Antibiotics are important medications. Certainly, they can be lifesaving when used to treat serious infections and diseases.

But we’re facing dangerous consequences from the overuse of these important drugs. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sounding the alarm,  according to an article in Medicinenet, in which former director Tom Frieden warns of the “nightmare bacteria” that have evolved defenses against modern antibiotics. 

Overuse of antibiotics can lead to fatal diarrhea in children, upset the gut flora, and unfortunately help drive up drug and hospital costs, according to Healthline.

Dr. Ellen Kamhi, PhD., author of The Natural Medicine Chest, tells Newsmax that oil of oregano is one of nature’s finest antibiotics. Oregano, according to herbalist and author Barbara Pleasant, means “joy of the mountains” and is widely used in Mediterranean and Mexican cooking.

Its use as an antiseptic and treatment for digestive and respiratory disorders dates back at least as far as Hippocrates, the father of medicine. Today researchers tell us that it is rich in antioxidants which help prevent cancer and may also be effective in regulating high blood pressure and reducing inflammation from arthritis.

But oil of oregano also has powerful antibacterial powers that can help stave off and treat everyday illnesses without the potentially harmful side effects of prescription antibiotics.

“More and more people are turning to natural ways to destroy disease-causing microorganisms,” Kamhi says. “Oil of oregano has been shown in scientific studies to actively inhibit and destroy E. Coli, candida albacans, and the bacteria that cause both strep and staph infections.”

Moreover, unlike prescription antibiotics, oil of oregano can actually help treat diarrhea, intestinal gas, and digestive problems, as well as sore throats and minor breathing difficulties. According to University Health News Daily, traditional healers have long relied upon oregano oil as a natural remedy to treat respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, flu, sore throats, and bronchitis. It’s a great home remedy for treating the flu because it promotes sweating which helps reduce fever. 

Kamhi says that the oil can act as the immediate first aid to treat insect bites and minor cuts and scrapes. It’s also great for helping skin disorders such as dandruff and diaper rash.

Oil of oregano is effective in treating athlete’s foot. A few drops diluted in a teaspoon of water to brush your gums to helps with gingivitis. 

Due to its high concentration, Kamhi suggest using just four drops, three times daily for external use. Check the label on the product for directions to take internally. Typically, you will put three to 10 drops in a tablespoon of water and swish it around your mouth and under your tongue for 20 to 30 seconds, then swallow.

“Most importantly, it does not cause the development of resistant strains of bacteria like antibiotic drugs,” says the expert. “Although it is possible for an individual to have an allergic reaction to any substance, there are no known adverse effects to oil of oregano.”

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