Oregano oil comes from the flowers and leaves of the oregano herb. It is native to Europe; however you can grow it in many different parts of the world. Oregano oil can be used for therapeutic remedies however you want to make sure you are getting oil that is made from a specific variety of oregano such as Thymus capitatus or Origanum vulgare. Most oregano oils that are sold in grocery stores will not have the same therapeutic properties. So why is oregano oil so therapeutic? Because it has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that come from Thymol and Carvacrol. Thymol is a natural fungicide that helps to boost your immune system, prevent tissue damage and shields against toxins. Carvacrol can help to fight against bacterial infections such as salmonella, listeria, E. Coli and candida albicans.
Oregano oil can also be used to help prevent and treat UTIs, yeast infections, respiratory infections, treats foot or nail fungus and alleviating sinus infections and colds. Oregano oil can be ingested or used topically, however you do want to make sure you are diluting it in water or with carrier oil such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. If you do use it full strength you can irradiate your skin or cause a stomach ache. When mixing it with carrier oil you can then place directly on the skin and it can help relieve muscle and joint pain.
Remember to do your research about using essential oils to ensure you are using them properly and safely. If you do have continuous pain I would recommend talking to your local wellness provider like San Diego Chiropractor, Dr. Henry Wong. Along with chiropractic care for pain relief using oregano oil for relief can be helpful. Many San Diego Chiropractors agree that using oils and more natural methods for pain relief and immune health is better than using over the counter medications.