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?
Young Living Oregano oil is for dietary or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as soy or rice milk. Start by drinking 3 drops in liquid twice daily. You can gradually increase this up to 6 drops twice a day. It’s best to drink one glass of liquid per 3 drops to prevent any burning in your mouth.
When using topically, I highly recommend using a carrier oil such as jojoba, sunflower, almond or other organic oil to dilute the oregano oil before applying to skin. Should redness or irritation occur try using more carrier oil. One drop of oregano oil is sufficient. Increase to 2-3 drops if no irritation occurs.
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 for respiratory conditions, digestive health, clear skin and a healthy immune system. It has anti-histamine properties for your allergies, and contains phenol and other compounds that protect your body from pollutants and other toxins.
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 people 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 health care professional.