With the modern overuse of antibiotic pharmaceuticals and antibacterial cleaners, the harmful pathogens that we are exposed to today are becoming more aggressive and resistant. At the same time, our own immune systems have become more vulnerable to these pathogens. Thankfully, nature has provided us with safe and effective tools to help us combat such health threats.
Oregano (origanum vulgaris) is a hardy plant grown in the high mountains of the Mediterranean. The essential oil of this mineral-dense plant has been used for thousands of years for a wide-range of health concerns in addition to its use as a food and spice. The major active ingredient in oil of oregano is the natural phenol known as carvacrol. As noted by W.H. Martindale, “The essential oil of oregano is the most powerful plant derived antiseptic known.”1
In studies, where molds and staphylococci bacteria were treated with both essential oils and antibiotics researchers noted, “The test results were dramatic. In each case, the essential oils proved to be many times more effective at killing the pathogenic microorganisms than the antibiotics.”2
Another essential oil that has an extensive history of medicinal human use in the Mediterranean and in Europe is thyme (thymus vulgaris). Thyme, like oregano contains carvacrol and other important phenols.
Both the World Health Organization and Health Canada’s Natural Health Product Directorate (NHPD) recognize the extensive traditional use of thyme in human health. NHPD’s monograph for thyme states that this valuable oil is:
Thyme oil is commonly used in cough drops. Users of oregano and thyme oil liquid combinations together with an olive oil carrier for dilution, report a warm, soothing sensation on the throat when taken orally. With antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal and antioxidant properties, oregano and thyme oils offer a wide range of health benefits.
Recent studies published in 2010 on thyme and other essential oils have shown potential for anti-inflammatory benefits similar to the red wine antioxidant resveratrol. Thyme oil, high in carvacrol, was shown to be the most effective oil for reducing inflammatory-related COX-2 enzymes.4
Carvacrol is the main active component of oregano and certain species of thyme found in Turkey. It has been studied for antimicrobial, antitumor, antimutagenic, antigenotoxic, analgesic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, angiogenic, antiparasitic, antiplatelet, AChe inhibitory, antielastase, insecticidal, antihepatotoxic and hepatoprotective properties and has also been shown useful in gastrointestinal ailments.5
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