Before we embark on our exploration of oregano oil as an antibiotic alternative there are few things we must get straight! First, start thinking prevention; 80% of the factors that surround your lifestyle are within your control. What is so great is that you can start today simply by considering what you are putting into your body. Over 2 million cells are being replaced per second in your body and the only fuels they have to rebuild and repair, your temple, are the ones you provide it! If you are someone seeking out healthy alternatives in the way of your health, starting here is great, however you will have some choices to make!
Second, take a look around…people are sick; Americans have become so detached from the very temple they exist in, that all too often, symptoms of underlying infections such as skin issues (cirrhosis, eczema, etc.), asthma, congestion, Candida, back pain and many more are understood to be normal! I’m here to tell you, it’s not normal!!!
Without getting into the political issues that surround modern medicine, it is important to point out that there is no doubt we need it. However, we probably would not need it as much if we began to take more responsibility in our health and wellbeing and get over the idea that anyone can heal us other than our selves!
Now, with all that behind us we must understand that prior to the advent of antibiotics and prescription drugs, the vast majority of deaths in America, other than those occurring from natural causes, were infection related. In fact, the latest statistics show that from 1980 to 1992,deaths caused by infections increased 60%!!! At this rate by the 21 st century infectious diseases will rival heart disease and cancer as the primary cause of death.
How have antibiotics failed?
The widespread overuse of antibiotics has created drug resistant microbes. We often do not think of microbes/microorganisms as being in or on us, so you might find it a bit shocking to learn that within each individual there are virtually an infinite number of microbes, than there are cells, in the entire body. Furthermore, microbes exert a profound influence upon an individual’s health and longevity.
What happens is that the microbes, due to their propensity for survival, essentially “outsmart” the drugs by altering their genetics and, thus, create immunity to the antibiotic. As well, allergic reactions to antibiotics are relatively common. For example, reactions such as anaphylactic shock and significant damage to the immune system and internal organs are often results from allergic sensitivities to antibiotics such as penicillin, tetracycline, sulfa drugs, and cephalosporin’s.
Our germs are necessary, however, live in a sort of competitive balance and when that balance is disrupted, noxious germs may gain a foothold, leading to various disconcerting symptoms. The point being, antibiotics rapidly destroy healthy bacteria, leading to potential tissue damage by pathogenic bacteria.
What can we do?
Well, there is good news. In the 1930’s natural compounds were the primary substances used in treating infection. In fact, for untold centuries herbalists and physicians throughout the world used natural substances for treating infections and low and behold, microbial resistance was unknown. Now, we too, must rely upon natural medicines to eradicate a panorama of infectious diseases, as has been proven, antibiotics are unreliable as the cure and the side effects are extensive and often severe.
Oil of Wild Oregano!
Now you may be thinking, sweet…Italian food, however, the oil I am speaking of is a little different than the one you might be thinking of. Oil of oregano is herbal oil derived from certain species of oregano plants in which there are up to 60 different species, which grow wild on the hillsides, mountains, and in the forest of various regions throughout the world, and not easily obtainable. In other words, oregano as we know it commercially, is not the medicinal variety.
Medicinal grade oregano oil is extracted through an old-fashioned distillation process, which preserves the curative powers of the active ingredients. As has been identified through research nothing else in nature can compare to the immense antiseptic powers of oregano oil and pharmaceutical drugs are weaklings in comparison! Singlehandedly, it can kill and/or block the growth of virtually any fungus. It destroys viruses and parasite. Furthermore, it inhibits the growth of as well as destroys the majority of bacteria, something that prescription antibiotics often fail to achieve. In fact, according to the latest research by Georgetown University, 2004, it even destroys antibiotic-resistant super-germs.
Like many essential oils , oil of oregano contains over 50 compounds which possess antimicrobial actions. Some of these include a substance called carvacrol, which is a type of phenol, phenols are potent antiseptics, and in lesser amounts, oil of oregano also contains yet another phenolic compound known as thymol. Carvacrol and thymol work synergistically which means oil of oregano delivers a double punch in its antiseptic powers!
Some conditions for which oils of oregano may be useful:
The healing capabilities of oil of oregano are endless, however, it must again be pointed out that if you are someone who has been dealing extensively with underlying, chronic infections, bacteria, parasites, allergies, etc. it is important to consult with a practitioner. Dependent on the severity of the symptoms you may be experiencing, unless you identify or eliminate what could be creating your symptoms, you will be unable to eradicate the issue.