Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Oregano essential oil or Oregano oil

Oregano essential oil, origanum vulgare, is a potent oil which is antiseptic and kills parasites, viruses, bacteria and fungus. Inhaled, it is believed to be beneficial for respiratory conditions that are bacterial or viral in nature. Oregano essential oil also contains analgesic properties and works as an expectorant. Please note that there is a popular "oregano oil" on the market that is sold in a diluted version. Ours is pure, undiluted oregano and is very potent. Oregano is a good effective sedative. Tests have shown that it is one of the most effective oils to relax brain waves. It is a calming, relaxing oil that can ease muscle spasms, stiff joints, coughing, indigestion and menstrual cramps. Oregano has been used as a traditional remedy for digestive upsets, respiratory problems (asthma, bronchitis, coughs, etc.) colds, and flu as well as for inflammations of the mouth and throat. In China it is also used to treat fever, vomiting, diarrhea, jaundice and itchy skin conditions. The (diluted) oil has been used externally in herbal medicine for headaches, rheumatism, general aches and pains, and applied to stings and bites. Oregano oil is used as a fragrance component in soaps, colognes and perfumes, especially men’s fragrances. Oregano is also a spice that is employed to some extent as a flavoring agent, mainly in meat products and pizzas.
Oregano, origanum vulgare, is a low bushy perennial up to 2ft high with hairy stem and dark green, oval leaves and small grayish white flowers. Oregano essential oil comes from Spain, and is steamed distilled from the herb. Many plants are loosely classified as oregano. To add to the confusion, some reference books call oregano ‘wild marjoram’, and many recipes suggest that the two herbs, both members of the mint family, are interchangeable. In fact, there are so many varieties of oregano that rather than thinking of oregano as a specific plant, one ought to think of it as a particular flavor.
Oregano essential oil, blends well with the following essential oils: lavender, rosemary, bergamot, chamomile, cypress, cedarwood, tea tree and eucalyptus.
Oregano oil cautions - Strong skin irritant, always dilute with a carrier oil. Not recommended for use during pregnancy. Non toxic and non sensitizing.
Oregano oil properties - Analgestic, anaphrodesiac, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, cordial, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, hypotensive, laxative, nervine, sedative, stomachic, tonic, vasodilator, vulnerary.

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