Oil of Oregano for Colds
When bodily wastes accumulate in a manner that our eliminatory organs are not able to handle, cold symptoms will
appear. This is the body’s way of expelling the excess waste.
Symptoms of a common cold are sore throat, cough, fever, congested sinuses, sneezing, runny nose,
headache and fatigue. This condition is self limiting, as the cold cleanses the body back to the state where it can
Most people would treat cold symptoms by using drugs and antibiotics, not knowing
that this can stop the normal expulsion of waste. Thus, more waste is retained and more serious symptoms
can appear. But there is a better way to treat and prevent the common cold – by using oil of oregano.
The Value of Oil of Oregano
Oil of oregano is a natural product, while over-the-counter
drugs and antibiotics are mostly made of chemicals that synthesize the actions of natural substances. They are
often ineffective and leave unwanted side effects. Since oil of oregano is sourced naturally, it does not leave any
But what’s more important is its ability to fight the harmful microbes and boost the immune system. This is
very important in fighting colds. Oregano oil contains many phenols that can control and stop the growth of
viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. There are many studies and experiments conducted in some universities in
the United States that showed its effectiveness in this regard. Among these phytochemicals are carvacrol and thymol which act synergistically to kill pathogens.
Oil of oregano also contains many nutrients, thus effectively boosting the immune system. Aside from its
germ-fighting substances, this essential oil has anti-oxidants that help to reduce inflammation. There are also
vitamins A and C in oregano oil, which can be useful in restoring normal respiratory functions and fighting
infections. Furthermore, oreganol has essential minerals like zinc, potassium, calcium, boron, magnesium, copper
and manganese. In the fight against colds, this right combination of substances truly makes oil of oregano a more
attractive form of treatment than standard pharmaceutical drugs and pills.
Oregano oil is extracted from the leaves of the wild oregano plant, Origanum vulgare that is indigenous to
the mountain regions of Turkey, Greece and Portugal. It is believed that the soil minerals and the climate in these
places are the reasons why oreganol oil has so many potent substances. At any rate, recent studies and experiments
have confirmed the presence of powerful substances, among them carvacrol and thymol. These two substances are
responsible for oreganol’s anti fungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiparasitic properties.
Using Oil of Oregano To Fight Colds
Oregano oil is now being recommended by many herbalists all around the world as an effective alternative treatment
for many common ailments, including the common cold. Here are some guidelines to using this oil when you
are afflicted with the common cold.
• At the first signs of a cold, take 3 drops of oil of oregano. You can either take it under your
tongue or mixed in a glass of water or juice. Repeat this procedure every 3 hours for the following 10 hours.
This should effectively stop the cold.
• You can also use oregano oil externally. Mix one part of this oil to four parts of extra virgin olive
oil or coconut oil. Apply this mixture to your chest, throat or the soles of your feet. The oil will be
absorbed through your skin and will help boost your immune system.