One of the most powerful and versatile natural remedies we use around our house is oregano oil. Its health benefits are numerous, and I’ll cover several over time. Today I’ll tell you about one way I’ve personally experienced this essential oil’s power: Ridding the body of food poisoning and stomach bugs.
Oregano oil is highly antiseptic. In fact, it is probably the most powerful plant-derived antiseptic known. This makes it a whiz at food poisoning and stomach bugs. Several years ago I called in sick at work on my birthday. Every boss’ suspicion, I know! But I had a nasty stomach virus. I couldn’t keep any food down, so there went my evening plans for a date with my husband to a nice restaurant. By afternoon I was really miserable. My husband called me from work and told me to try the oregano oil. He’d been doing a lot of reading up on it and thought it might help. I took 3 or 4 drops of oregano oil in a gel cap. By the time he came home from work, I was up and around, feeling completely normal! We went out to dinner where I actually had steak and dessert! No problems.
We’ve experienced help from oregano oil many times in our family, every time with drastic results. We never leave the country without it, as it’s staved off food poisoning, stomach bugs, intestinal issues, and numerous other health issues. It’s certainly a wonder!
If you’re going to try oregano, my advice is to buy the best quality you can afford. This doesn’t mean it has to be all fancy and specially cultivated, but you should know where the oil comes from. As far as essential oils go, it does tend to be pricey but it’s absolutely worth having some around. And since you need such a small amount (3 – 4 drops placed in an empty gel cap) one little bottle can last you a long time. If you find you’re sensitive to it or it burns your stomach, try eating some bread or taking it with a meal. I would suggest never taking it on an empty stomach unless you’ve been having a hard time keeping food down. Some people put a few drops right in a glass of water, but it can give the mouth a burning sensation I’ve never particularly enjoyed. Although if you’ve got a really sore throat, this will knock it out in no time if used as a gargle!
Keep a lookout for upcoming oregano oil posts. There’s so much to say about this wonder oil! It’s truly a medicine cabinet in a bottle.