The Potential Health Benefits of Oregano Oil

Oregano is most commonly known for its intoxicating scent and flavor, which enhances the majority of all tomato-based sauces in Italian cooking. But it also has natural medicinal purposes too. That is because of the antibacterial and antiviral properties that are in the soft, small leaves of the plant. So it should come as no surprise that the herb made headlines for its holistic purposes recently. Apparently, it works wonders when it is turned into an infused oil.

Health experts are recommending that those who suffer from food poisoning, parasites, or problems with their immune system take several spoonfuls of the oil a day to combat their condition. Those with skin problems, cuts, or abrasions can apply it topically to their wounds too. However, it is important to mention that people who don’t like the taste of a spoonful of oil can buy a dried, powdered form of oregano instead. Or the herb can be brewed into a cup of fresh tea for sipping.

Oregano oil works so well because it pulls out the beneficial properties that are in the leaves. Normally, a person would have to eat several handfuls of them for relief of an ailment. But since purchasing oregano oil in a large enough quantity to have on hand is expensive, it is best for those who want to try it to make their own by simmering oregano leaves for ten minutes in olive oil on low heat. Dried oregano leaves can also be added to a bottle of olive oil, which is left on a sunny windowsill for three weeks.