Oil of Oregano

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Is Oil of Oregano Effective Against Candida?

Since oil of oregano is proven to be an effective antifungal treatment, it can be effectively used against Candida. This was the conclusion of recent studies and experiments conducted on this essential oil.

There are about 20 different kinds of candida fungus and the most common is candida albicans. Also known as candidiasis, it is the most common yeast infection that afflicts women. Normally, we have moderate amounts of this yeast in our bodies, but it usually doesn't pose any harm. But when the growth is unchecked, it will change into a fungal form and spread through the intestinal walls and into other parts of the body.

candidaWhen this happens multitudes of problems may occur. If the right conditions, such as moist surfaces and warm temperatures, are present they will multiply in large numbers and cause infections. The usual infections are nailbed infection, skin and diaper rash, vaginal yeast infection and infection of the tissues of the mouth.

Candida is difficult to eradicate, but there are studies that show the effectiveness of oregano oil in controlling its growth. A study conducted by Dr. Harry G. Preuss of Georgetown University in the United States showed that a particular component of oregano oil, carvacrol, stopped the growth of candida by 75 per cent. The study also found out that giving oil of oregano in its complete state is better than just giving one of its components. This supports the theory that the synergy of natural substances is more effective. It is better than using them individually.

Oregano oil is sourced from the wild oregano plant Origanum vulgare, which grows in the mountainous regions of certain Mediterranean countries. It is believed that the combination of the special soil minerals and the climate in these places are responsible for its powerful chemical substances. Originally, the ancient Greeks used this wild plant for the treatment of common ailments.

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Cold processing is used to extract the essential oil from the oregano plant, in order to preserve the potent substances contained in it. Studies and experiments were conducted on the composition of this essential oil and it was confirmed that it contains many phenols as well as minerals and nutrients that can be used to fight diseases and strengthen the immune system. The two active ingredients that can kill fungi and yeasts are carvacrol and thymol. They act synergistically to control the growth of these microbes. But this is not just what oregano oil can do. The studies and experiments also showed that oil of oregano can also kill other types of microbes such as bacteria, viruses and parasites.

You can use two methods of treatment when using oil of oregano for treating candida infections. It can be applied topically in the affected area, and you can also take it orally to facilitate the healing.

When using it topically, always dilute the oregano oil with virgin olive oil to soften its effects on the skin. This essential oil is highly potent and if you apply it in concentrated form, especially in your genital area, you will feel a burning sensation and your skin may be irritated further. The usual mix is 2 to 3 drops of oregano oil to 1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil. If that is still uncomfortable, you can increase the amount of olive oil.

Internally, you can take one or two capsules of oregano oil two times a day. Seek the advice of your medical provider if you want to take higher doses or if you want to take it for longer periods.

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