As flu season rolls around the corner, it's a good idea to get prepared in advance as much as we can!
Oregano oil can be the champion among natural preventives and treatments as the most effective for the common cold and flu. And in case you’re not familiar with that, this oregano is not the same as the herb you put in your pasta sauce.
The reason why oregano oil is considered an essential oil champion lays on the presence of carvacrol, one of the most bioactive components of this herb. This powerful component of oregano has demonstrated its beneficial activity in a number of ways; that is, its antibacterial, antivirus, antifungus, antitumor, anti-inflammation, and antiparasitic properties.
For those who want to see what the scientists say, there are more than 200 published studies on PubMed only.
To enjoy the health benefits of oregano, it’s essential that you choose an oil produced from wild oregano (Origanum vulgare), which is native to the Mediterranean. Although there are more than 40 oregano species available, not all of them produce high levels of carvacrol. Strong taste is a way to understand the quality of the oregano oil. So be sure to read the label and the level of carvacrol of the oil before you buy.
Since the taste of a good oregano oil can be strong (which is a good thing!), it is recommended to dilute four drops of the oil in orange juice, olive oil, or coconut oil. However, if you prefer not to taste anything, then you can purchase oregano oil in capsules. No matter what is your choice it is always better to take the oregano oil after a meal.
The recommended dosage for oregano oil for adults is 4 drops daily once you have a cold or flu. The same is for preventive or maintenance purposes. If you choose to take supplements, use 1 capsule daily. To treat a sore throat, you can add 1 to 2 drops of oregano oil to a glass of water and gargle several times a day.
Oil of oregano can be given to children older than 8, although the strong taste turns convincing them into a challenge.
You can also add a few drops of the oil in a diffuser or vaporizer to help clear up a stuffy nose and sinuses. Breathe in the pleasant aroma for a few minutes several times a day.
Finally, you should limit the use of oregano oil to only 15 to 20 days. Oil of oregano is not recommended for infants, pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding or anyone who has high blood pressure or heart disease. Additionally, women should not take oregano oil during their menstrual period.
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