Wild Oregano is one of the most powerful natural antifungals, so oregano oil is an excellent choice of antifungal to start your Candida treatment. Oregano oil is not only an antifungal, but also has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. One study has even shown it to have cancer-preventative properties too.
The wild oregano shrub originates high in the Mountains of the Mediterranean, where its medicinal properties have been known for centuries. Indeed, it has long been used as a natural alternative to antibiotics.
Oregano oil is particularly useful for treating a Candida infestation. One advantage that oregano oil has over other antifungals is that the Candida yeast does not develop resistance, whereas some other antifungals may lose effectiveness over time as the Candida adapts to them. For the best results, take oregano oil after you have finished your cleanse, and use it in combination with one or two other natural antifungals.
How does Oregano Oil work?
According to a 2001 study at Georgetown University Medical Center(see here), “Origanum oil at 0.25 mg/ml was found to completely inhibit the growth of Candida albicans”. Furthermore, the study concluded that “the daily oral administration of origanum oil may be highly effective in the prevention and treatment of candidiasis.”
Oregano oil contains two naturally occurring antimicrobial agents named carvacrol and thymol. Research suggests that these chemicals react with the water in your bloodstream to dehydrate and kill the Candida yeast cells. Another study found that carvacrol was a more effective antimicrobial than 18 different pharmaceutical drugs. Lastly, as oregano oil is entirely natural, it also tends to have fewer side effects than the regular antifungals that you might find in your pharmacy. You can read the full research report here.
How should you take Oregano Oil?
If you buy oregano oil in a bottle, start by drinking 3 drops in water twice daily. You can gradually increase this up to 6 drops twice a day. It’s best to drink one glass of water per 3 drops to prevent any burning in your mouth.
Alternatively, you can buy oregano oil in a gel form. This is just as potent, and you can make it part of your daily vitamin and supplement routine. A good example is Oregano Softgels by NOW Foods, each of which contains 181mg oregano oil. You can start with one softgel, taken twice daily after meals, then work up to two softgels twice a day.
Longer term, oregano can also be used to prevent a recurrence of your Candida overgrowth. Oregano is an excellent supplement to take with many benefits for your health. Oregano is used these days for respiratory conditions, digestive health, clear skin and a healthy immune system. It has anti-histamine properties for your allergies, and contains phenols like carvacrol and thymol that protect your body from pollutants and other toxins.
How is Oregano Oil manufactured?
Oregano oil is derived from the leaf of the wild oregano (or Oreganum Vulgare) plant. The leaves are picked from the plant, then steam distilled to extract the essential oil. The active ingredients in this oil are far more concentrated than in the leaf itself, which is why an oregano leaf tea will not have the same potency as the oil.
Where can you find Oregano Oil?
The variety of oregano that is used medicinally is named Oreganum Vulgare (or wild oregano). This is the type that is generally found in the Mediterranean, and for maximum effectiveness you should find an oregano oil that is derived from this plant.
Look for an oregano oil that does not contain alcohol (this is very important for Candida sufferers). Also find a brand with a high level of carvacrol, preferably at least 50%. Carvacrol is the active, antifungal compound found in oregano. The oregano oil softgels sold by NOW Foods are a good example of how to fit oregano oil easily into your diet.
Who should not take Oregano Oil?
People with iron deficiencies should be aware that oregano oil can temporarily impair the body’s ability to absorb iron. Pregnant women should avoid oregano oil as it could increase blood flow to the uterus weakening the lining surrounding the fetus.
Some patients may notice a small allergic reaction to the oil, in the form of rashes on the skin. Oregano Oil is essentially very safe though. If you have any doubts, contact your doctor.
For lots more information on how to choose the right antifungal, take a look at my Ultimate Candida Diet treatment plan.