As the weather starts to grow cooler and the holidays draw near, many people will have their minds on more than Christmas presents or how to cook the perfect Thanksgiving turkey – specifically, they will be thinking about how to prevent themselves from contract the flu or a cold this winter and stay healthy so that they can enjoy the year’s-end festivities to the max. If you are one of those people who gets nervous about viral infections this time of year, read on to learn more about what oil of oregano can do to keep you safe and healthy this year.
The Properties of Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is the concentrated essential oils of the oregano plant and if you use this regularly, you will be amazed at how you never seem to get a cold or the flu anymore! It helps for a variety of other infections as well. This is because this potent oil is naturally antiviral – but also kills off bacteria, fungus and parasites, while its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties help to reduce chronic inflammation in the body that can lead to serious illnesses and also reduces oxidative stress on all the bodily tissues, effectively slow down the aging process.
What’s more, this oil does not just prevent the flu or cold — if you do feel like you are coming down with something, then as the first symptoms appear, add a few drops to an infuser or vaporizer and inhale it or drink it in a glass of juice or water. It is a fast and effective treatment. Its potent properties stem from two main ingredients: carvacrol, a strong antimicrobial compound and thymol, which is a natural antiseptic and fungicide.
Oregano Oil: Directions for Use
It is highly recommended that this oil be taken in the form of the soft gel for treatment of infections and while it is okay to use in in water, juice or tea, be advised that it does have a very strong herby taste to it. It should be used topically unless it is diluted in a carrier like sweet almond oil, as it can cause mild skin irritation due to its strength. If you cannot tolerate the taste, the softgel is an excellent way to go, as you still get the full benefits of its potent properties. It is only recommended for short-term use to treat the beginning of a flu or cold and is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women, children, or those who have high blood pressure or history of cardiac problems.
So if you are wanting to stay healthy naturally this winter, try oil of oregano at the first sign of trouble. You will be amazed at how effective and prompt a treatment it is and how quickly it can stop viruses or other pathogens right in their tracks, leaving you healthier and happier over the winter months.
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