Are You Using Oregano Oil?

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. 

Foods To Avoid When Suffering From Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural defense in the body.  Inflammation is a process in which the body's white blood cells that are produced help protect us from infection from bacteria and viruses.  However sometimes when we are dealing with other health issues like arthritis or autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis the body can go into protective mode and triggers an inflammatory response.  This causes chronic inflammation in the body and can come with a lot of pain to whoever suffers from it.  You don’t have to have arthritis or an autoimmune disease to suffer from inflammation in the body.  Many of us eat foods which can trigger inflammation and cause symptoms such as headaches, foggy thinking and bloating.  


Processed sugars are a large trigger for inflammation in the body because the excess insulin adds to inflammation.  When your blood sugar levels rise the pancreas produces a rush of insulin which results in inflammation.  Staying away from cookies, pastries, sugary cereals or anything else which contains process sugars.  Studies have also shown that refined carbohydrates are also known to spike insulin in the body and cause inflammation.  Dairy products are also high on the list of foods you should stay away from to keep inflammation levels low. Dairy causes inflammation in the body because it is high in sugar.  


Omega-6 fatty acids are essential for normal growth development.  However the body needs a balance between omega-6’s and omega-3’s or else if there is excess consumption of omega-6’s it triggers the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals.  Omega-6’s can be found in oils such as; sunflower, soy oil, peanut oil and vegetable oil.  If you have questions regarding inflammation or nutrition talk to you local nutritionist like San Deigo Chiropractor, Dr. Henry Wong.  Like him, many San Diego Chiropractors have incorporated nutrition into their office to give their patients more options on how to keep their health strong using natural methods.  Not only can they help with dietary needs or questions but also getting adjusted on a regular basis can help to keep inflammation levels low.