Wild oregano, especially its extracted oil, is the world’s most versatile natural medicine. There are hundreds of uses for this herbal medicine. A powerful antiseptic, studies have shown that it his highly potent against fungi, viruses, yeasts, parasites, and bacteria. For the respiratory passages it is highly protective, both taken when major support is needed for the respiratory mucosa and deeper lung tissues but also preventively.
For the intestines and stomach it is also the ultimate powerhouse. A person can use it to protect such tissues against the possibility of food poisoning plus intestinal flu.
Yet, the secret is to make sure it is of the highest quality, produced by the undisputed leader. It should be unsurpassed in both potency and also the sustainability of how it is made.
Once extracted, the oil naturally contains some 30 ingredients, including the main active ingredient being the phenolic compound, carvacrol. This substance is a potent germicide and anti-inflammatory agent. It works synergistically with the other 29 or so ingredients also to boost immunity and as a natural, potent antihistamine.
Unfortunately, today, on the market since the truly wild oil was introduced there are dozens of imitations. This include supplements claiming to be wild but really aren’t. Incredibly, a number of them are derived from cloned species, fully farm-raised. The purpose is to manipulate the carvacrol levels for marketing purposes. Be sure not to take these artificial kinds internally. However, truly wild oregano can be consumed internally, with people taking by the millions for decades.
There is a greater issue to consider. Hard as it is to believe this to be sure it hasn’t been adulterated with cheap synthetic additives. Lab tests at Georgetown University determined that such synthetics possess toxicity. The main synthetics which are added are carvacrol and p-cymene.
Let us look at how serious this is through earlier research from Essential Oils of the Plant Family Labiatae: Under adulteration the following is found:
Adulterated origanum oils have frequently been encountered in the trade. In fact, this practice has done such harm to origanum oil that in later years the demand for it has diminished considerably. It is easy to adulterate origanum oil by adding low-riced synthetic carvacrol and p-cymene. The author examined samples of so-called origanum oils consisting entirely of synthetic carvacrol by a slight “by=note” of creosote, which becomes more noticeable as the oil evaporates on test paper.
Also, make sure it is truly from the high mountains of the Mediterranean. For instance, false oregano oil is on the market from the thymus species, Thymus capitatus from Spain and Bulgaria and also the Mexican plant, Lippia graveolens.
The oils from neither of these plants should be taken internally and must never be given to those of small body weight, like children or pets. Just be sure. One reason is that they may be too high in two chemicals, p-cymene and thymol. While naturally occurring minor background levels are acceptable, unnatural high levels must be avoided. It is not said “Do not accept cheap imitations” for no reason.
Here are the key elements to be sure that the oregano oil you choose is of the highest potency and standards:
It is certified wild
It is collected from the mountain tops as an exclusive herb/spice for turning into a spice oil
It is truly handpicked by the local village communities and that machinery is never used in its growth or harvesting
It is never farm-raised or altered through cloning
The carvacrol level is never excessively high, above 85%, which is not found in nature
It is in the ideal form: in an extra virgin olive oil base
It is specifically labeled for daily use
These are your assurances that the oregano oil you choose is not only the highest in potency but also unsurpassed for all its various uses. It is these uses which make the oil so sought after. As well, it is that rare natural medicine that can be given for the benefit of all ages, even for pets. For more information see Dr. Cass Ingram’s Doctor’s Guide to Oil of Oregano: 101 Uses.
The Complete Technology Book of Essential Oils (Aromatic Chemicals), 2011 Reprint
Ingram, C. 2016. The Cure is in the Cupboard. Lake Forest, IL: Knowledge House Publishers.
Ingram, C. 2019. Doctor’s Guide to Oil of Oregano: 101 Uses. Lake Forest, IL: Knowledge House Publishers.