Last week we learned about Lemon as an essential oil for Health and Wellness.
First what are essential oils? They are highly concentrated substances extracted from a variety of different parts of a plant, including the flower, bard, roots, leaves, wood, resin, seeds, or the rind. The oils contain healing vitamins, antibiotics, and antiseptics and represent the “life force” of the plant. Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than their dry herb cousins.
The oils in plants perform many functions in the living plant. In most cases they are a part of the immune health of the plant or they may just be the end product of the plants metabolism. For this reason scientists agree that the oils are healing because they contain hundreds of organics, including hormones, vitamins that work on many levels.
When you plant a seed to grow a plant, it germinates, a plant grows and more seeds are created. Each plant has its own life force so to transfer that ‘essence’ to ourselves can only be a positive outcome.
A special note; There is no official system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or therapeutic grade. Even if it says it on the bottle it’s just marketing. If it says it’s FDA or otherwise approved, not true! Therapeutic grade usually means it was manufactured according to strict standards of purity and may be taken internally.
With that said here is 1 of 8 essential oils for health and wellness.
The health benefits of Oregano Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and emenagogue (menstruation).
The disinfectant and antibacterial properties of oregano essential oil were first recognized in ancient Greece where they were often used for treating bacterial infections on the skin or in wounds, and it was also employed to protect food from bacteria. It is a plant native to higher altitudes and normally grows in the mountains, which is how it got the name “Oregano”, which means “Delight of the Mountains”.
Respiratory Conditions: Oregano essential oil can act as an expectorant, which will loosen up or help eliminate the uncomfortable buildups of mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tracts and sinuses, but it is also a soothing balm for inflamed lungs and the throat, which often stimulate coughing fits. Therefore, oregano essential both prevents and treat symptoms of respiratory ailments.
Anti-inflammatory: This oil is good on soothing many types of inflammation, internal or external, caused by a variety of reasons. When this oil is applied topically, it can reduce redness and irritation to the applied area, and it can relieve topical pain that might be associated with arthritis or injury. When consumed, it has much the same effect, although it is spread throughout the body, so will not necessarily relieve pain and discomfort as quickly.
Antibacterial: Just as it protects you against viral infections, oregano oil protects you against bacterial infections as well. This gives you an added level of protection against most bacterial diseases, such as infections in the colon and urinary tract, as well as typhoid, cholera, sores, skin infections and temporary problems like food poisoning. Also, the antibacterial effects of oregano don’t have an inhibitory effect on the healthy, necessary flora in your intestines and stomach.
Anti-fungal: Many skin infections are also caused by fungi. Oregano Oil, if used regularly, either internally or externally, can effectively protect the body against many of these fungal infections.
Antiviral: Oregano essential oil provides protection against viral infections. This means that it strengthens your immunity against colds, mumps, measles, pox and other problems created by viruses.
Antiparasitic: Many types of parasites, such as round worms, tape worms, lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and fleas, can live inside or outside the human body. These parasites use the human body as a source of food, and as a vessel or carrier of communicable diseases. Oregano Essential Oil, when ingested, can eliminate intestinal worms, and when it is applied externally, it effectively keeps away lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and fleas, so it is not uncommon to find oregano essential oil as a component of organic bug sprays and repellents.
Antioxidant: This property turns out to be one of the most celebrated attributes of oregano essential oil, because it protects you from the damages done to the body by free radicals (oxidants), and it neutralizes the free radicals, while repairing the damage already done. This slows down the aging process and protects against certain cancers, macular degeneration, degeneration of muscle due to aging, wrinkles, loss of vision and hearing, nervous disorders and many such ailments related to premature aging and the effects of free radicals. More specifically, oregano essential oil contains phenols, a powerful form of antioxidant that literally scours the body and eliminates those free radicals that cause disease.
Emenagogue: This oil is also beneficial for regulating menstruation and delaying the onset of menopause. Those who are suffering from obstructed menses may also find relief from using oregano essential oil. As an emenagogue, a woman can reduce her symptoms of oncoming menopause, including mood balance and hormonal shifts because of the hormonal regulation quality of oregano essential oil.
Some information received via www.organicfacts.net.