Extracted from a plant belonging to the “mint” family is an essential oil known as Oregano Oil. This oil is derived from a flowering plant named “Oregano” belonging to the “Oregano vulgare” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is obtained from the leaves of the plant using the “steam distillation” process. In addition, this oil was also supposedly first used in ancient Greece in the treatment of wounds or bacterial infections. Apparently, the word “Oregano” when literally translated means “Delight of the mountains”.
A. Chemical constituents of the Oregano Oil:
This oil is extracted from the leaves of a flowering plant belonging to the “Oregano vulgare” species in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil comprises of organic compounds that includes Carvacrol, Thymol, Cymene, Caryophyllene, Pinene, Bisabolene, Linalool, Borneol, Geranyl Acetate, Linalyl Acetate and Terpinene.
B. The uses and benefits of the Oregano Oil:
There are a number of health benefits that an individual can gain by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil when used exhibits an “antibacterial” property that helps in inhibiting the growth of disease causing bacteria, and in turn prevents bacterial infections
This oil also comprises of an “antiviral” property which enables the inhibition of viral growth, and thereby helps in the prevention of viral infection.
This oil when used also exhibits an “anti-inflammatory” property and helps in suppressing conditions such as inflammation and swelling.
This oil also helps in clearing out congestion formed in the respiratory system when used by stimulating the expulsion of waste products such as phlegm and mucous.
By stimulating the normal release of gastric juices, bile etc into the gastrointestinal system when used this oil helps in maintaining a normal digestion.
C. The adverse effects of the Oregano Oil:
There are a couple of adverse effects that may occur on using this oil. They are as follows:
- The use of this oil may lead to skin irritation especially in those individuals who have sensitive skin.
- The usage of the oil can severely affect pregnancy, and hence pregnant women must avoid using it.