While searching for a natural remedy for sinus infection, I came across an article on oil of oregano as an effective antibacterial agent for allergies, sinus, colds and infection. Every five weeks I suffered from a recurring sinus infection. Like clock work, this undesirable would wreck havoc on my life for about 4-days, every five weeks for nearly 18 months! It would start out with a stuffy nose in the morning for a couple of days with allergy symptoms that turned into a sinus infection and symptoms that mimicked a head cold. I would have endless debates with people on the exact diagnosis. A cold. An allergy. The change of weather. Sound familiar? I tried everything including antibiotics, nasal irrigation, aromatherapy, eliminating dairy – to be left frustrated and stuffed up. Oil of oregano is an herbal remedy that has been used since the time of the Bible. It was widely used in ancient Greece for many ailments and its healing properties. This potent antiseptic is extracted from wild edible true oregano species and is effective for killing a wide range of fungi, yeast, and bacteria as well as parasites and viruses.
Once I used oil of oregano – it completely went bye-bye for good. Here’s what I did. I took one dropper full of the tincture twice a day during an infection. I did this every day until I finished the bottle, then I bought more and continued usage for a month. The following month, it did not return. Gone. Zap. I was thrilled with this discovery and shared my story with everyone that was congested.
The second month, I continued a maintenance regime of a couple of drops under the tongue everyday. I am symptom free at last, and now when I feel that stuffy nose thing in the morning I grab my Oreganol, that’s the brand I like, and it clears up almost immediately. For a sore throat, I will pour a dropper full in a glass of water and gargle briefly for relieve.
Upon further research, it was of interest that the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered fresh oregano has significantly more antioxidant power than fruits and vegetables and may prove to be a powerful disease fighter. Previous studies have shown that antioxidants may help fight cancer, heart disease, and stroke by protecting cells and destroying free radicals in the body.
Oil of oregano, an extract of the fresh herb, might act as an effective antibacterial agent, according to researchers at the University of Tennessee. Ann Draughon, PhD, a University of Tennessee microbiologist and member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Food Safety, applied several marinades made of herbal essential oils to fresh fish likely contaminated with bacterial pathogens. Oil of oregano was the most effective at killing all bacteria.
In another study, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center found that oregano oil inhibited staphylococcus bacteria’s growth as effectively as several pharmaceutical antibiotics.
Effective for: Sinus, colds, allergies, bronchial bacteria, sore throats, fungus.
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