Have you ever heard that you can use oregano oil for a cold? You’ve probably looked at containers of oregano a million times without realizing that it’s good for more than seasoning your food. Perhaps you’ve purchased oregano plants or you’ve grown them in your herb garden. It turns out that oil pulled from those plants can do amazing things for your body, especially during cold and flu season. Keep reading to learn who would win the fight if we could put oregano oil in the boxing ring with a viral or bacterial infection.
If you have a bottle of pure oregano oil, you may have a medication more powerful than the antibiotics that your doctor may prescribe. The good news is that this all-natural antibiotic doesn’t come with the side effects that often come with prescription medications, and you don’t need medical insurance or a hefty copay to get your hands on this medication. Consider it the good-for-you antibiotic that keeps your wallet fat.
The anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties of oregano oil come from two compounds known as thymol and carvacrol. These compounds are believed to strengthen the immune system against colds and the flu, but they may also kill bacteria so that it can’t wreck havoc inside your body.
When the sniffles make a comeback or you just can’t shake that sinus infection, you may want to try making a natural tea from the leaves of a fresh oregano plant. This can help you overcome sinus infections, allergies, bronchitis, the croup, and many other illnesses that often require an antibiotic. Even if you’re taking medication prescribed by your doctor, it can only help to give your immune system that added punch by adding oregano tea.
You may also want to diffuse oregano oil in your living or work space to keep your immune system strong. This may help prevent the cold and flu, which is always better than fighting it off once the germs have settled into your system. This can also help with allergies and sinus issues that seem to never clear up at certain times of the year.
Finally, you can make handmade sanitizer by mixing a few drops of oregano oil with coconut oil. The coconut oil serves as a carrier oil to prevent skin irritation, since oregano oil is strong. This is a healthier version of the sanitizer solutions that you buy in the store, and it will help kill bacteria that you pick up from others before it has the chance to enter your system.
Now, step up to the boxing ring. Who’s going to win the fight over your next cold or bout of the flu? While many people believe that this natural antibiotic is just as potent as the prescription meds your doctor may hand out, it’s important to see your doctor for conditions that don’t clear up with the use of natural remedies. Even if it’s not the cure-all for all colds and flus, you may want to keep a bottle of oregano oil on hand just in case it’s the victor over those germs.