When patients with digestive disorders come to me, I can usually link the start of their health problems to a time when they had to take antibiotics for some reason, either because of an infection in childhood, a common cold, surgery or other health issue.
There is a range of antibiotics available on the market, all with names ending in –in, such as amoxicillin, cephalexin, azithromycin, penicillin, and to me they are all tox –ins!
Some doctors seem quite happy to prescribe antibiotics for all kinds of ailments, even for bumps on the head from falling down stairs?!
In my opinion, the only antibiotics that should be used, in cases they are considered to be necessary, are those that are natural and safe. My personal favorite natural antibiotic is oregano oil.
You should always keep a bottle of oregano oil in your home
Oregano oil is derived from the leaves and flowers of a wild oregano plant. It is a potent antimicrobial that effectively fights off infections. It has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties that make it suitable for a wide range of uses and benefits.
What makes oregano oil special is that it has the highest content of phenols of all the aromatic plants. Phenols are natural phytochemical compounds with high antioxidant activities. The reason that oregano oil is so powerful is that it has the two most abundant phenols, thymol and carvacrol.
These provide natural antiseptic and fungicide properties that can kill a wide range of pathogens, acting to break through the cell membranes of the microbes that cause disease like nothing else can. This is what helps boost immunity, neutralizes free radicals and repairs and heals cell and tissue damage.
To treat infections:
Since the majority of illnesses and diseases are caused by micro-organisms, it makes perfect sense that oregano oil is used to kill such harmful microbes and is effective in preventing and treating infections such as:
- Parasite infections: flatworms, ringworms, tapeworms, giardiasis
- Yeast infections: candida albicans, bacterial vaginosis
- Urinary tract infections: chlamydia, mycoplasma, proteus, E-coli
- Lung infections: staphylococcus, streptococcus, haemophilus, mycobacterium
- Food poisoning: botulism, salmonella, listeria, shigella, norovirus, campylobacter
- Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Using oregano oil
- To relieve a sore throat, add 2-3 drops oregano oil to a glass of water and drink it
- To treat nasal congestion and lung infections, add 2-3 drops of oregano oil to a diffuser or vaporizer and inhale deeply
- To boost immunity when you feel under the weather, drink a glass of water with 3-4 drops of oregano oil 2-3 times a day before meals.
- To treat acne, psoriasis, nail fungus or shingles, mix 1-2 drops of oil to a small capful of aloe Vera gel or coconut oil and apply with a clean cotton pad, avoiding broken or sensitive skin areas as it may burn. Be careful to always use a clean cotton ball each time so as to prevent spreading of bacteria.
- To ease sore muscles and backache, apply a mixture of equal parts oregano oil and organic olive oil.
- To kill bacteria that cause bad breath, add a drop of oregano oil on your toothbrush with your regular toothpaste.
Using oregano oil for detoxification
Put 3-4 drops of oregano oil into a glass of water and drink this before meals 2-3 times a day. Some people may feel a slight burning sensation in the mouth and they should reduce the number of drops.
For me it’s easier to put the drops on my tongue first, then drink water so the burning sensation doesn’t affect the whole mouth.
You can take this for up to 14 days if you are using it therapeutically to fight infection or kill parasites. If necessary, take a break of seven days then continue another 14 days, since oregano oil is too potent to be taken on a long-term basis.
This kind of oregano oil detox is particularly suitable for people suffering from Candida infections, in combination with a zero sugar and processed foods diet.
The great thing about natural antibiotics is they don’t cause side effects and do not kill the good bacteria together with the bad, which means they can actually boost your gut flora health.
A word of caution
Oregano oil is extremely strong and should always be diluted in water or other carrier oils such as coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil or avocado oil and should never be applied directly to broken skin or open wounds.
Another thing, not really a side effect, is that using oregano oil for detox may cause a reaction, known as Herxheimer’s, in certain individuals. A large quantity of pathogens may die and release toxins as they do so, which temporarily causes and overload of toxins in your blood system. This process is manifested in symptoms such as headache, tiredness and sometimes nausea. You shouldn’t worry if this happens but you should stop taking oregano oil for a while and drink lots of water until the symptoms cease.
People who need to take precautions using oregano oil
Young children, women who are pregnant or nursing, people with heart conditions or high blood pressure and individuals undergoing medical treatments or on medications.
First talk to your naturopathic doctor to discuss adding this amazing oil to your health and wellness routine. When it is done properly, using oregano oil could very well improve your condition.