Oil of Oregano Can Kill Cryptosporidium
Cryptosporidium is a protozoan parasite that causes cryptosporidiosis, a gastrointestinal disease. This
one-celled parasite is usually present in the feces of infected humans and animals.
If your drinking water is contaminated with fecal matter, you can be infected with this parasite. Infection can
also come by eating contaminated food. The infection is usually only for a short period of time, but it is serious.
This disease causing parasite became known only in 1993 when a large number of people were infected in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, USA. A large number of people were infected and a few of them died.
How Do You Know If You Are Infected?
If you have ingested
contaminated food or drank contaminated water, it will take from two to 12 days before you show any symptoms.
Usually, you will experience headaches, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, low-grade fever, nausea and vomiting.
These symptoms can sometimes last for weeks and you may suffer dehydration and weight loss. If your immune
system is weak, it may even lead to death.
The infection is usually treated by fluid re-hydration, electrolyte
replacement and pain management. But it was found that cryptosporidium is a parasite that is very difficult to
eradicate because it can burrow deep into intestinal walls and change itself into a cyst.
Oil of Oregano a Good Alternative
But recent studies have shown that oil of oregano can stop the growth of this parasite. Previously, oregano oil is
well-known for killing bacteria, fungi and viruses. Now, it is confirmed that it can also be an effective
anti-parasitical substance. Many health practitioners are now including this essential oil in the treatment of
Oil of oregano contains potent chemical substances that can kill harmful germs. Apart from the many phenols in
the oil, it also contains carvacrol and thymol. These two substances act
synergistically in killing off many types of pathogens. The essential oil functions as a solvent that breaks the
cystic wall of the parasite, resulting in its demise. These germs are not able to develop resistance against this
essential oil. Therefore it is effective even against pathogens which have developed resistance to
pharmaceutical drugs and antibiotics.
Treatment Using Oregano Oil
There are two ways you can deal with this parasite:
1) Prevention – you can prevent being infected by this parasite by putting one drop of oil
of oregano into the body of water suspected of being infected with it. Washing your hands before eating is also a
good practice. Avoid swallowing water from lakes, rivers, swimming pools or jacuzzis. They may be contaminated with
parasites. Don’t cook food for others if you have diarrhea. Likewise, don’t swim in public pools when you have this
2) Treatment – if you are already infected, you need to take two drops of oregano oil under
your tongue twice a day. Or you can mix two to three drops of this oil with a glass of water or your juice. Do this
twice a day.