Is Oil of Oregano Suitable for Pneumonia Treatment?
Pneumonia is basically an infection of the lobe of the lung or the lung tissues. The infection can be in one or
both of the lungs. It is the most serious of all respiratory illnesses.
The infection causes inflammation of the air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs. These air sacs may be filled up with
fluid or pus. Normally our body filters out the pathogens from the air that we breathe to protect our lungs from
being infected. However, these germs manage to make us sick because our immune system is weak, the pathogen is
very strong and our bodies failed to filter the germ from the air.
Causes of Pneumonia
Pneumonia is usually caused by harmful microbes. These include
different types of bacteria, viruses and sometimes fungi. Since oil of oregano is proven to be an effective
antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal substance, it can be effectively used as a treatment for pneumonia. It is
more advantageous than pharmaceutical drugs and antibiotics because it is made of natural substances that do not
leave any adverse side effects.
The Power of Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is effective in killing off harmful microbes
because of the potent substances it contains. It is believed that these powerful substances are the result of the
proper combination of the soil minerals and the climate where the source of oregano oil is taken. This essential
oil is extracted from the leaves of the wild oregano plant, Origanum vulgare, which grows on the hilltops of
Greece, Turkey and Portugal. Only the essential oils extracted from these plants are authentic oregano
There are many phenols contained in this oil but the power of oil of oregano lies mainly in its two active
components, carvacrol and thymol. These two chemical substances are the reasons for this oil’s antibacterial,
antiviral and antifungal properties. It has been researched, tested and found to be better in killing off germs
than conventional drugs and antibiotics. Pathogens almost always develop resistance to antibiotics. But these germs
cannot develop resistance against oregano oil and almost always succumbs to its power.
Treating Pneumonia with Oregano Oil
There are three ways you can use oil of oregano as a
• By using it internally – place two or three drops of this oil under your tongue. Mix it thoroughly
with your saliva before swallowing. Do this three times a day.
• An alternative method is to mix two to three drops of oil of oregano with a glass of water or juice.
Drink this mixture three times a day.
• You can also inhale the essence of the oil while you are sleeping. Put one or two drops of this
essential oil on a cotton ball or a tissue and place it beside your pillow when you go to sleep.
Because of the strong substances contained in oregano oil, you should start with small doses first and then
increasing it as your body is able to adjust. Avoid taking more than the recommended amount, otherwise your
liver may be overtaxed when filtering out the excess oregano oil in your system.
Watch Out For These Pneumonia Symptoms
Symptoms of pneumonia can be mild or severe. It is
important for you to understand the first signs so you can prevent it from getting worse. Consult your doctor right
away if you feel any combination of the following.
• High fever
• Cough with phlegm (especially if it does not improve)
• Shaking chills
• Chest pains when coughing or breathing
• Feeling worse after a cold or flu
• Shortness of breath even for normal activities