FDA and Other Government Studies Find Oregano Oil Effective Against Deadly Pathogens

C. Ingram, D.O.

April 18, 2020

The US government already knows the cure for the horrible, potentially deadly COVID-19 pandemic. So does the FDA. So does, in fact, the USDA. Even the WHO knows the answer. Yet, these agencies are not saying anything about it. In other words, the true, factual information is being hidden, obviously in favor of drug interests.

Consider a report from the Knoxville News-Sentinel, July, 1999. This was a report on a government study deemed the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Food Safety Initiative. Paid for to the tune of $450,000 by US taxpayers the study was conducted by lead researcher F. Ann Draughon. It was she who approached the project full of skepticism, actually hostility, saying “I wanted to show that using any kind of herbs was a useless endeavor…” She added, “I actually didn’t think they would have any effect at all.”

“I went into this from the standpoint of doing something to show an approach doesn’t work instead of it will.” In other words, she set out to debunk and, therefore, belittle the growing interest in oil of wild oregano as a natural medicine against germs, inflammation, allergies, and more. When she finally achieved the results, she noted, the oregano was “so effective” that she was “shocked.”

It really was a hostile action or, rather, plot. It all occurred in response to radio show discussions and publications about the powers of wild oregano oil, specifically, the Cure is in the Cupboard, which was first popularized in the late 1990s. The target was to prove that the oil was a fraud and was useless. Said the researcher, “I figured these spices would have an aromatic quality and nothing helpful otherwise.”

She had placed the oregano oil, purchased in the marketplace—most likely the one heavily promoted in the media, that is the P73—in a solution with germs. Versus the control, efficiently, it killed them all. Draughon became angry and accused the lab tech of blundering, of relying upon chlorinated water instead of purified/distilled. She made her repeat it, yet with the same results. Still accusing her for a third time the study was repeated yet again: with precisely the same positive results. Only then did she relent and admit that it is effective, saying, “When I was finally convinced that oregano would completely inhibit organisms  associated with food-borne disease, that’s when we looked at some of the other extract oils.” Reports the News-Sentinel: “the lab results were consistent (said Draughon), with the spices (actually, their oils) showing a dramatic effect from the first try. It took several repeats of the process by her research assistant before Draughon was convinced.

After this, a deliberate study was designed. This was switched to actual study away from the attempt to debunk and scandalize. It involved marinating fresh fish in extracts of 12 household spices, while checking for the presence of potentially deadly germs, which were inoculated into the medium. The marinades included essential oils of angelica, basil, carrot, celery, cardamom, coriander, dill weed, fennel, oregano, parsley and rosemary. The germs included drug-resistant E. coli, listeria, staph, pseudomonas, and food-borne molds. Fresh fish was used, because of its high tendency for spoilage. “What we found was that certain spices added to foods (again, this is their oils) would be useful in killing organisms, like E. coli, that can cause disease.” Moreover, she reported, “Under refrigeration with a marinade we could completely kill listeria and E. coli 0:157. That’s pretty impressive.”

Daughon was able to keep a piece of fresh fish still smelling fresh and germ-free. Incredibly, this was after 60 days. Just imagine what the oil of oregano would do when taken into the body.

Clearly, then, oregano oil is a preventive agent against disease, including food-borne illnesses. This was known since 1999 by the government. Yet, not a word has been said to inform the people of this lifesaving finding?

The study according to the article was “supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the UT Agricultural Experiment Station.” However, once again, the world heard nothing about it? Moreover, it was never announced on a national or global level?

In September 2009 the USDA entered the picture doing a study on the powers of spice oils, again, in food safety. The, once again, taxpayer-sponsored researchers tested oil of oregano, as well as allspice and garlic essential oils, against E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. No surprise, in this study by “government researchers” oregano oil was found to be the best, that is the “most effective antimicrobial.” After this came allspice, then garlic. Researchers at the USDA investigated these oils by creating a film, an edible one made of tomato paste. The testing was done by laying the films on top of the bacteria and also be exposing them to the embedded oils’ vapors.

According to the researchers working at the Processed Foods Research and Produce Safety units:

  • oregano oil inhibited all three of these deadly bacteria, every time
  • garlic oil was only effective against one, listeria
  • the combination of allspice plus oregano proved effective against both E. coli and salmonella

In a different study the USDA found that cinnamon oil was more active than allspice oil, but oregano oil still beat them all. The USDA then went on to patent the essential oil-food film membranes, one from tomatoes and the other from apples. Once again, this was taxpayer funded.

Here is the patent information; notice the films for food processors on the left:

For Tomorrow’s Salads
Plant Extracts To Conquer Microbes

Research leader of the ARS Processed Foods Research Unit in Albany, California, examines colorful fruit- and vegetable-based edible films: Click here for full photo caption.

Tender leaves of deep-green, freshly harvested spinach—neatly displayed in sealed bags at the chilled-produce section of your local supermarket—may one day include a powerful new food-safety feature. That added protection might take shape as a five-thousandths-of-an-inch-thick piece of what’s known as “edible film,” made from a purée of spinach itself.

When slipped into the bag, the protective power of this little puréed spinach square or wedge would come from a potent antimicrobial compound chosen from nature’s bounty of botanical bactericides. The antimicrobial would be added in tiny amounts during the puréeing process to provide a safe, effective, natural defense against pathogens like E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria, and others.

Carvacrol, the predominant essential oil in oregano, would add a pleasant—and protective—accent to a spinach-purée film, for example. Already shown in lab investigations to be an effective weapon against several major foodborne pathogens, carvacrol currently flavors some popular salad dressings and seasoning mixes. Carvacrol vapors wafting from the wedge into the atmosphere inside the sealed bag would both season and safen the spinach.

If the taxpayer is paying for this, why don’t they benefit? Why when their entire world is in turmoil are they not told about. At least people could be informed so they could do their own research. This is so they could decide on their own whether or not to pursue this.

“Incorporating essential oils into edible films provides a new way to improve the safety and shelf life of foods, which will provide multiple benefits to consumers,” says lead researcher W. X. Du.

This research was supported by USDA-CSREES, NRI grant #2006-01321.Sources:


Yet, all this was initiated through the work published in the Cure is in the Cupboard, How to Use Oregano for Better Health. It is truly all copycat information. Incredibly, despite the skepticism the government co-opted this work. Furthermore, it was this author himself that sent to the USDA its initial batch of oil of wild oregano: at no charge. Yet, now that there is a monumental need for this oil and for it to be understood, for its powers to be realized by all people, the government and the powerful people behind it say not a word. This is to the detriment of humanity, because wild oregano oil, in particular, could conquer this disease.

It is understood that natural medicine purveyors are restricted in their claims. Yet, surely, considering the scope of this pandemic the government could work with key people in the private sector to come to a sound solution. This is in order to get this pandemic under control and to effectively treat active cases. Make these words only natural medicines, such as oil of wild oregano—the true kind, not the farm-raised and not the so-called high-caracrol, synthetic poison from China—will prove effective against this condition. Will the powerful ones of our society step up to the challenge and do what is productive and effective, using aggressively the most potent naturally occurring germicides available?