What is Oil of Oregano?
Oil of Oregano is an essential oil derived from the oregano plant by an old fashioned steam distillation process. Minimal heat is used in the distillation process without the use of chemicals or solvents which preserves the medicinal powers of the active ingredients. The oil is extracted from the crushed dried leaves and flowers of a few species of oregano plants that grow wild throughout the world. It takes some 200 pounds of the herb to produce 2 pounds of oil.
Many essential oils are derived from various types of flowers, leaves, grasses, fruits, roots, and trees. The oils are used for perfumes, cooking, flavorings, cosmetics, insecticides, medicines, and therapeutic purposes. Oil of Oregano has a wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic qualities. Also, oregano is a food, thus its oil is less toxic than oil from inedible, non-food plants such as Melaluca (Tea Tree) and pennyroyal. The latter is so toxic that its ingestion may lead to death. The fact is pennyroyal is an inedible weed, and Tea Tree is an inedible tree. In contrast, common herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, garlic, onion, coriander, oregano, chervil, dill, cardamom, and mint are edible (food grade) and so are their oils
When oregano oil is extracted from the plant, the oil is a pale yellow color. Since the oil is so potent it is usually cut or mixed with another oil base, such as olive oil or coconut oil, which lightens its color. Oregano oil cut with olive oil has the problem of getting rancid over time. A better mixture is using M.C.T. oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride) from coconut which preserves the freshness and potency of oregano oil. Some products contain 20 percent Oil of Oregano, others 30, 50 or 100 percent.
Our formula - "Mountain of Joy" brand - contains 50 percent Wild Oregano and 50 percent M.C.T. oil!
Nutritional and Medicinal Qualities
Oregano and its oil contains a wide range of nutrients necessary for good health, as shown in the table below. overall, its density of minerals makes it one of the richest plant sources of trace minerals known. Oregano contains more calcium per 100 grams than cheese, milk, dark green vegetables or salmon. It has more organic iron than liver, molasses, eggs or red meat. It is richer in magnesium than peanuts, molasses, whole grain or spinach.
Composition of Oregano
for 100 g. Edible Portion
Carbohydrates -- 60.6 g
Protein -- 13.5 g
Water -- 7.6 g
Fat -- 6.3 g
Calcium -- 1990 mg
Potassium -- 1685 mg
Magnesium -- 346 mg
Phosphorus -- 306 mg
Iron -- 83 mg
Sodium -- 77 mg
Vitamin C -- 51 mg
Niacin -- 6 mg
Zinc -- 4 mg
Copper -- 1 mg
Beta carotene 8068 I. U.
It has as much copper as liver, Brazil nuts, olives, sunflower seeds, whole wheat or almonds. The zinc content is incredibly high at 4 mg. per 100 grams, making it a richer source of zinc than salmon, cheese, peanut butter, and whole grains. It has more potassium than orange juice, dates, apricots or bananas.
Oil of Oregano also consists of hundreds of compounds. Among them are complex chemicals known as phenols. The two naturally occurring phenols in oregano oil are carvacrol and thymol, both of which are potent natural antiseptics. Like all phenols they exert their actions through a caustic effect upon tissues. This caustic nature explains oregano's destructive actions against microbes. Carvacrol is found in only a few herbs, notably oregano and savory. A synthetic phenol, known as carbolic acid, had been used throughout most of the 20th century as the standard by which all other antiseptics were measured. The phenol from oregano is significantly more potent than the synthetic variety. In addition, carvacrol and thymol are noted to possess fungicidal and worm expellant properties.
Oil of Oregano actually contains over 50 compounds which possess antimicrobial actions, but carvacrol and thymol are the primary active ingredients. It also contains alcohols, such as linalool and bonreol. These are long chain alcohols which have no intoxicating effects and are noted for their antiviral powers.
While phenols also possess significant antioxidant activity, most of oregano's antioxidant powers are derived from its labiatic acid and p-hydroxyhydrocaffeic acid. The antioxidant powers of a substance are a measure of its ability to preserve items, whether it be cells in the human body or the food we eat. Food chemists have demonstrated that oregano can be used as a preservative for different types of foods.
Oil of Oregano also contains terpenes, which are the primary active ingredients of citrus oils. Terpenes are potent antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory agents. Oil of Oregano also contains large quantities of esters, such as geranyl acetate and linalyl acetate. Esters are noted for their potent antifungal powers. They also possess a mild sedative or relaxing effect and enhance blood flow throughout the body.
Modern medicine with its drugs and antibiotics has simply failed to stem the rising incidence of a variety of microbial and infectious diseases. Every year millions lose their health or their lives from infections which could be potentially cured with natural antiseptics as are in oregano oil. Commercial antibiotics are not very effective and can destroy beneficial bacteria.
Oil of Oregano is truly nature's premier antiseptic. It surpasses all other over-the-counter antiseptics and, essentially, is superior to all commercial antiseptics combined. In terms of antiseptics, the family medicine chest typically contains such things as hydrogen peroxide, mercurochrome, iodine, hexachlorophene (a chlorine-based antiseptic), and rubbing alcohol. Regarding the mercury-based mercurochrome, it is interesting to note that Tabor's Medical Dictionary states that "its effectiveness is doubtful." Furthermore, Taber's notes that alcohol, iodine, and hexachlorophene, while capable of killing microbes, fail to kill the spores from which microbes germinate. In contrast, Oil of Oregano destroys germs as well as their spores.
Another fact to note is that while iodine, hexachlorophene, and hydrogen peroxide can kill microbes, all have been found in scientific studies to also kill human cells. Furthermore, hydrogen peroxide causes extensive tissue damage and thus interferes with the healing of wounds. Also, scientific studies show how hydrogen peroxide and hexachlorophene are carcinogenic when applied directly to open wounds. Iodine is less toxic to human tissue than hydrogen peroxide, but it is highly toxic if ingested. On the other hand, Oil of Oregano is an antiseptic that works without damaging human tissues, is not carcinogenic, does not harm beneficial bacteria, and is not toxic if ingested.
One reason Oil of Oregano is so effective and valuable is because it is both an antiseptic and solvent. Its solvency action aids in the delivery of its antiseptic and antimicrobial attributes where other medicines cannot reach.