Oil of Oregano for Coughs
An effective way in which the body clears the throat and airways is by coughing. But if the cough is excessive
it can mean there is an underlying irritation or disease.
There are dry coughs and productive coughs. The latter is characterized by mucus, phlegm or sputum. Coughs can
be classified into two types: acute coughs and chronic coughs. Acute coughs erupt suddenly, usually as the result
of a cold, flu or sinus infection. This type goes away after about 2 to 3 weeks. Chronic
coughs usually last longer than 3 weeks.
Causes of Coughs
Coughs are typically caused by the following:
• Exposure to pollutants in the air
• Lung infections, i.e. acute bronchitis or pneumonia
• Lung disease and tumors
• Smoking cigarettes and exposure to second hand smoke
• Chronic bronchitis or emphysema
Coughing is an inconvenient symptom but it is your body’s way of healing itself. Most people self-medicate if
they have a cough, as there are medications available without the need for a prescription. These include
Guaifenesin which helps break up mucus. Decongestants are also helpful in clearing a runny nose. However,
decongestants are dangerous to those with high blood pressure, while antibiotics do not work against viruses and
Oil of Oregano
There is a natural substance that works against viruses and allergies. This is oil of oregano, a natural substance
derived from the wild oregano plant that grows in the mountain regions of Greece, Portugal and Turkey. The wild
plant was used for medicine by the early Greeks. These days, it is the essential oil extracted from the leaves of
the plant that is used for treating many types of diseases.
Recent studies have shown that this essential oil contains powerful chemicals that act as antiviral, antifungal,
antibacterial and anti-parasitic agents. It also contains nutrients such as vitamins and minerals that can help
boost the immune system. Therefore it can be used effectively to stop coughing. The main components of oil of
oregano that fights against pathogens are carvacrol and thymol. They are very effective as antimicrobial
agents and they are also used as a food preservative and in the production of soaps, detergents and
Treating Coughs with Oil of Oregano
If you have a cough, here are some ways that you
can use oreganol to stop it.
1) Internal Application: Fill one teaspoon with coconut oil. Add 2 to 3 drops of oreganol
to the coconut oil. Swallow this mixture and repeat this procedure three or four times a day. Continue taking this
mixture until you are healed.
2) External Application: Pour two to four drops of oil of oregano into a tissue before you go
to bed. Place this tissue beside your pillow. This will allow you to inhale oregano oil while you’re sleeping and
will facilitate your healing.
After you have been healed of your cough, try to avoid polluted and dusty places. If you are a smoker, this
is a good time to quit smoking.