"Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. A Cretan oregano (O. dictamnus) is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.
Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids. It also has shown antimicrobial activity against strains of the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes."
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Bacterial Vaginosis, Yeast Infections
[YEA] 12/07/2009: Jenn from Austin, Tx, Usa: "I'm serious. Oil of Oregano. Get the wild oregano. It has been the natural antibiotic that has prevented each infection that has threatened to plague me, since I have been told about it. But I was told to take a probiotic cap two hours after, as the oil of oregano acts like an antibiotic in most aspects, including killing off your good bacteria. So definitely replace your good bacteria after taking this.
Also staying away from refined sugar has helped, or better yet, getting my body's ph back to alkaline with alkaline rich foods.
I also keep myself as clean as I can down there at all times to help prevent any bacteria from entering my urethra or vagina. I do this by using baby wipes or showering before and after sex. I hope these tips help.
12/07/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Good for you Jenn for recognizing the significance of this and the ph of your own body! That would be the root cause of this whole issue. Refined sugar is NOT a good thing in any way shape or form for us. It wreaks havoc in the body whether people recognize that or not. The other suggestion I would have for you if you are not already doing this is, make sure the wipes are of a natural source as many of them are full of chemicals which can upset our bodies natural balance. Also, everyone, remember that garlic is one of the most powerful antibiotics on the planet and everyone can find that if your hard put to find wild oil of oregano. To everyone's health, Lisa"
05/10/2012: Dee from Memphis, Tn replies: "I don't understand. Do you take the oil of oregano orally? I can't imagine putting it "down there". Wouldn't it burn badly? Isn't it a skin sensitizer?"
[YEA] 10/01/2009: Rhonda from Rockwood, Tn: "I put oil of oregano (one drop) on my fever blister/ cold sore and withing an hour I noticed it was disappearing. I reapplied throughout the day and by the end of the day it was as if I never had one. It had started out that morning as a potentially nasty one - a lot of blisters covering an area about the size of a dime. As you know, what you see in the morning is just the tip of the ice berg as they continue to grow during the first day or so. I also put three or four drops under my tongue. I bought mine from a health food store. Get the kind that is diluted with olive oil not alcohol. Also, there are places on line that sell it cheaper and in a much higher strength. There are even places that sell it undiluted with instructions on how to dilute it with extra virgin olive oil. I've tried all the other cold sore cures. This is the only one that did anything for me."Replies
[YEA] 11/04/2010: Brenda from Elk City, Oklahoma, Usa replies: "I used oil of oregano (full strength, undiluted) by dropping a drop on a cotton swab and swabbing the fever blister. There was hardly enough to moisten the cold sore (still in the beginning/stinging stage) but within a few minutes it burned like fire. However, by the next morning it was beginning to heal and never did break into the icky blister stage."
07/19/2012: Latonia from Marshallville, Ga, United States replies: "I was told many years ago from a friend that ear wax works well for cold sores. I thought it was a grotesque thing to do but it worked instantly. The minute I felt one coming, I would apply my ear wax or the residue if you didn't have any wax to pull from your ear. That worked as well. It will heal a cold sore in one to two days. It doesn't burn at all. It's very safe and economical!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/29/2009: Suzanne from Kansas City, Mo, Usa: "On the subject of Eczema - I have been giving my teen Oil of Oregano in capsules (one in the morning and one at night) to help with her Eczema; this has helped trememdously with the itching and some of the redness. We have tried the cortizone cremes from the doctors and that did not help her at all. I've been reading here today on the suggstions of using Apple Cider Vinegar and plan to try that. I can remember as a small child my grandma taking vinegar to help with her ailments so maybe there is something to this.
As a side note I personally am taking the oregano capsules as well for sinus relief (have been for three years). I used to have a large problem with my sinus passages closing up when I laid down for the evening. I was taking a ton of OTC medications to just be able to go to sleep. I started taking this after reading up about the many health issues that are related to what is in our blood stream and that this herb can help with this. I do belive that this herb has helped us a lot."
11/13/2009: Jules from Houston, Tx replies: "Absolutley COD LIVER OIL!! Cured me as a child and cured me as an Adult. A family doctor when I was an infant in diapers, took one look at me and told my Mother..."Take her off cow's milk, give her goat's milk and Cod Liver Oil !"...and ALMOST instantly I was cured! As an adult I had bouts of adult acne off and on for years. Every remmedy in the book including Accutane...but the thing that cured it was to commit myself to Cod Liver Oil every day and my skin is CLEARING UP! My nails are growing, THE CUTICLE SOFTENED, no longer dry looking....... Absolutley COD LIVER OIL!!!! And... Mother knows best!"
11/15/2009: Jae from Baltimore, Md replies: "Thanks for posting this. My toddler gets a rash on her cheeks off and on and I never thought of cod liver oil."
11/16/2009: Blessed from Harare, Zimbabwe replies: "Hi, how do you use the cod liver oil for skin pimples? Are you drinking it or rubbing it on the skin? Thank you"
05/07/2013: T. from Charlotte, Nc: "I have had bleeding gums for years. When I wake up in the morning, my mouth seemed to be full of blood somehow. I would spit first thing and it would be bloody. :-(
Also when I brushed my teeth, a LOT of blood.
I recently began taking oregano oil (mine came mixed with olive oil) several times a day for general immune system strengthening to help with another issue I'm having.
No measured doses, just whatever came up in the dropper when I pulled it out of the little bottle.
It's been a few weeks now and I realized just this morning that I have had no more instances of blood in my mouth when I wake up. Also blood when I brush has been greatly reduced. I have used it to brush my gums with (once or twice) and think I will do it more often to see what results I get.
Side note: I seem to cough up a lot of phlegm during the day since taking the oregano oil. It's clear but makes me wonder if I've been having lung issues all this time without knowing."Replies
05/08/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, USA replies: "T. From Charlotte: Noting a possibility. Several yrs ago I had X-Ray done on my head and neck area and for several days fallowing experienced bleeding gums. If you have had several dental x-rays over-the-yrs it could be radiation poisoning; if so, I would recommend swishing a mouthful of ionic minerals in distilled water. Bursting Vit-A soft-gel in mouth will greatly strengthen gums as will Zinc Lozenges."
[QUESTION] 02/05/2010: Kana from Hong Kong: "Can someone please tell me if I can use Oil of Oregano as a mouth wash and if I did, will it help to cure gum inflammation and make the gum stronger?"Replies
05/06/2010: Tina from Toledo, Ohio, Usa replies: "Go to the gum disease section on earthclinic and it will tell you how to use oregano oil for it. People have had success with it."
05/07/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "For the first time in my life (52) I have had problems with my gums, bad ones too. I am now putting one drop of clove oil in the tbspoon of oil I do the oil pulling with and it has been working very well. I hope this helps..."
[YEA] 12/24/2009: Sammy from San Antonio, Tx: "Oil of Oregano after 3 months long nightmare
May of 2009 it started with sore throat and nasal congestion. 7th day i started feeling just fine. 8th day i woke up with a major sore throat then following 7 days i had chills (no fever) diarrhea, coughs, stabbing feeling all over my body. Then i went to see a doctor (no insurance) he said that my tonsils are infected so i have to take antibiotics and for hardship breating he gave me steroids. 4 days later tonsils still swollen and i cant breathe also diarrhea is full throttle. i was drinking 5-6 quarts of water every day. 19th day i went to see same doctor. listened to my lungs, ordered x-ray which came out clean and he told me that i am ok. BUT I WASNT. For diarrhea he diagnosed me with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) 6 days passed and my symphtoms are same but not getting worse.25th day i went and bought a humidifier for my room hoping to be able to sleep better. and also i wanted to close the a/c vent in my room. Right at that point I FACED THE REALITY. MOLD!!! my a/c vent was black in color. Very next day i called a company that tests homes for molds. Results came back in 3 days after i spent $400. my a/c unit had Aspergillus (high levels),Cladosporium (elevated levels) Penicillium (high levels). i went to see the doc again. he told me that its like impossible to prove that my health is bad because of those mold species.And addition to that he told me that skin prick test for this issue is expensive and i dont have insurance so he told me to just rest and pray that i will get better on my own. For the following 2 months i started getting worse. I quit my job. I was hopeless.
Then i read it somewhere on the net that OIL OF OREGANO will do the trick. I cut of eating anything that has yeast and started taking 4 oil of oregano capsuls every 8 hours and taking 1000mg vitamin c every 8 hours.Sublingual B12 25 drops everyday. 2nd day diarrhea gone. 7th day i am almost back to normal.
I hope this will help someone out there. I am a believer of oregano oils antifungal, antiviral, anti bacterial properties."Replies
03/12/2013: Erowe from Sumter, Sc replies: "HELP PLEASE. I know the previous post is old but I am hoping someone will respond to this. In Jan 2011 my daughter ( age 25) insisted on moving out of our home into a small 4 room house with a friend. My son painted her bedroom and there was so much moisture that water dripped down the walls and separated the wet paint. The wood floors were always damp. By February she began to have a chronic cough and then a sore throat. Was treated with an oral antibiotic. Her roommate had the same symptoms and was treated with 4 antibiotic injections and oral antibiotics. Two weeks later she was sick again and treated with the same. Her roommate was of heavier frame and very athletic. My daughter is 5'4" weighed 105. My daughter continued to get worse, but would not go back to the Dr. She finally moved out in March. By April she was admitted to hospital with 103 temp 24,000 white blood count, heart rate of 153, a very tender spleen, her throat was completely white. Drs said she was on the edge. Stayed 5 days with pick line and 3 antibiotics, released with oral antibiotics. In 3 weeks she was on antibiotics again. She has had numerous tests. Has had her tonsils removed. Has seen 3 infectious disease drs I have always felt she has mold sickness. She is now 27. She is in constant pain. Before she got sick she was vibrant and looking forward to the future. Now she is depressed, has anxiety, has chronic headaches, nausea, and can hardly get around because of constant exhaustion. She has seen 3 infectious disease drs. One said he did not believe in the mold scenario. A rheumatologist seen 6 months ago is treating her for fibromyalgia. An endocrinologist said she has a cyst on her thyroid. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated."
03/12/2013: Roec from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I'm so sorry to hear of your daughters condition. All of those antibiotics can backfire over time. Have her juice carrots and one green apple a day, cut waaay down on meat, pasta and other grains like bread. Increase tons of raw and dark green leafy veggies Have her take a good daily vitamin. This will help the body recover nutrients in order to heal itself.
The anti-mold regimen I recommend is 2 capsules of olive leaf casuals 3 times a day until the bottle is finished. Don't settle for cheap brands because of price, I find GNC brand is the best. It may cost more but over the years, I have found that brand most effective.
I would also try a baking soda bath to see if that helps. I use Arm and Hammer Super washing soda as its pure sodium carbonate, a natural anti-fungal and mold. It's soaked in through the skin and when I am not feeling well, this helps although, it may help restore to a more favorable PH balance as its mode of action. I think I have a mild case of candida from time to time. This helps.
I also recommend that she wash her cloths using baking soda added detergent and borax to help eliminate any fungus or mold from recontaminating her."
03/12/2013: Sweet Pea from Somewhere, Usa replies: "I agree wih Roec with the use of baking soda. I have worked in the mold removal field for a time and baking soda is the one thing that can kill mold without killing you. I now drink it every day for maintenance. Other than that, I strongly recommend a high dose of iodine. I have taken 100 mgs of 5% of iodine for two weeks at a time with no side effects at all. (Just be sure to work your way up to this dose.)Your daughter won't believe how this will help her energy levels and it may heal her thyroid. Nascent iodine is the superior kind of iodine and you can get it on the internet. Taking some selenium which you can get by eating 2 brazil nuts a day, taking vitamin c and unrefined sea salt will help the iodine work. I wish you all the best. Please let us know how she is doing!"
03/13/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Erowe: To add to others responses, the main reason for the weak and lowered defense is, imho, a weakened immune system which is weakened by a chronic lack of antioxidant nutrition. Antioxidants to begin now for immune boosting is: Zinc and Vit-A; take as directed on labels. Do this for about a month and begin supplementing Selenium and Vit-E. Then move on to the many other antioxidant nutrients on the market today like Mixed Carotinoids, Wild Berry, and Pine Bark/Grapeseed.
Also, do the "Thymus support" I posted a few pages above for a Lyme sufferer.
All this plus the other advise will repair and regain the health of your daughter."
04/11/2013: Nmull from Atlanta, Georgia replies: "I am not sure if anyone has suggested this but all of your Daughters symptoms sound very familiar to mine. I have Celiac Disease and was just finally diagnosed a year ago. I also have fibromyalgia as well as Hypothyroidism... I have been gluten free for a year and taking alot of the supplements suggested in previous post. I hope and pray your Daughter starts feeling better soon :)"
[YEA] 04/18/2011: Tula from Greenwood, Ca: "Thank you Robert from Naples, Florida! I bought my husband oregano juice (not oil) and followed your recipe for sinus spray exactly as written..... BINGO! After 10 years of benydril that only lasted half way thru the night, he slept all night without getting clogged up. That wasn't the only benifit... I looked at his symptoms through-out the years... Athlete's foot, sinusis issues, psoriasis.... Even after revamping our diet, sugar and gluten free, (he still was craving carbs. ) nothing, diet or medication, changed the psoriasis. As he was using the nose spray, he decided to put oregano juice on his psoriasis, and presto chango the next morning it went from red to white! We got out the cotton balls and started dabbing all over his spots. He also had a red area in his tush crack that we dabbed. He has had that forever, maybe thirty years. An hour later the red was GONE! What was next? He decided to drink it too. I'm calling him my Italian lover because of his potent oregano aroma.
We are both so excited about this. It has not even been 24 hrs and the changes are happening so fast! By the way, his doctor said benydril has no side effects, WRONG! So glad we have a cure. Thank you so very much Robert. We send you gratitude and positive thoughts for your health."Replies
03/16/2012: Charlotte from Essex, Clacton, England replies: "Please kindly tell me the recipe for the spray using oregano juice for sinuses etc. Thanks."
03/21/2012: Shamay from Medford, Oregon replies: "Could you please tell me the recipe for this Oregano Juice nasal spray I am in serious need I have had severe mold exposure and I know I have a great deal in my sinuses."
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[YEA] 06/29/2011: Redcalry from Oklahoma City, Ok: "MY husband and I swear by oregano oil. We buy it in 100% oil and capsules. If we feel we are getting sick we take one or two. I put some oil in my face lotions for my hormonal break outs. I have a back problem and mix it with my lotion and get instant pain relief. It does smell but evaporates in a little while. But it works. Great pain reliever."
05/08/2011: Rene from Shepherdsville, Kentucky, Usa: "I have to chuckle at your poster who can't stand the taste of oil of oregano. There is a way past this. All you have to do is get a pack of those empty gelatin (or vegetarian) capsules in a health food store; put 5 or 6 drops in one of those capsules, close it up and swallow it down and you will never have to worry about the taste! Another thing, for thrush in the mouth, one of the fastest ways to kill it is just dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of soda bicarb in a half glass of water and use it as a mouth wash - or you can put plain dry soda bicarb on your toothbrush and brush you tongue with it!!! Simple, safe, effective and painless!"Replies
11/16/2011: Darlene from Rockwell, North Carolina replies: "You should never brush Your tongue with a tooth brush. Everybody has fungus on their tongue and brushing it will cause it to get inbedded. Use a tongue scraper or spoon to clean Your tongue."
[YEA] 06/02/2009: Amanda from Calgary, Canada: "Oil of Oregano (cheapest is found online) has stopped all viruses in our family in a year - even our kids take it. I do 3 droppers full at the first sign of it - today in fact, I woke up with a strep like sore throat and haven't been sick in ages...I did 3 droppers full ALWAYS follow with part or all of a glass of water - it feels hot, but KILLS that germ dead and I felt relief, as always, almost instantly. Then, went back to bed; when I woke up I took another dropper full and the sore throat was barely there at all. By mid-morning, it was all gone. As happens everytime, it kills the virus and prevents upper and lower respiratory infections. It is Anti-viral and anti-bacterial and is NATURAL.
I gave the same instructions to my dad. He is 78 and it prevented his getting bronchitis, which he used to get with colds. It has also lowered his blood sugar and he takes it on a regular basis. You don't need studies when something from nature works and causes good, not harm. Our family haven't had any cold or flu viruses take hold since we started taking it over a year ago. We just order a couple of 60ml bottles online and that lasts us months.
Some brands need only some drops used, because they are hotter than others. It is worth getting the larger bottle with the cheaper price, because they aren't as concentrated so you can take droppers full."
10/21/2009: Rv from Sherman Oaks, Ca replies: "Well, from my own experience, oregano tea from the original natural oregano plant is very good for you in many ways. It is very good for your nervous system. When you feel tired or down, it gives you energy. Also it takes away your stomach aches."
[YEA] 05/03/2009: Tavora from Brooklyn, NY: "Just wanted to say very quickly that after reading several posts about oil of oregano helping with inflammation/joint pain - I decided to try it tonight. OMG!! Let me tell u - the clicking and popping that I have been experiencing the last two months disappeared!!! (My ailments are actually an inner ear problem with a misaligned spine) but when I rubbed the oil on my knees, shins, shoulders and neck - I felt - LITERALLY - instant, instant relief!! I could not believe it!! As I stood up and walked around for a bit - no popping - no clicking!! This gives me so much hope! I will continue to use this as one of my arsenals and though I know we are not allowed to state specific brands....I do want to say the one I bought is ___. I will also take it orally to help with the tension in my spine. Will keep u posted.
Thank you so much EC!!! :0)"Replies
04/13/2013: Ellen from London, Uk replies: "Have you continued to feel relief for the clicking and popping in your joints? My noisy joints are driving me mad!"
[YEA] 03/08/2009: Nanci from Berwick, PA. USA: "I have been using oil of oregano for over a year. I put a drop on my finger and apply it to a tooth that was starting to abcess. I had to put it on about five times a day but in two days the pain was gone and never got as bad as the one that had to be pulled. I would get it in a healthfood store to make sure it is safe for digesting. I'm not sure if essential oils for inhaling are the same. *oreganol* is the brand I have
I start to put a drop on my finger and apply it to the glands under your ear by your neck. One or two drops per side. Then I put a drop on my finger and put it under my arm pit because there are glands there also. I do this about five or more times a day. I have been able to ward off a cold completely when everyone else has it. I didn't have any because I lent it to someone and I went a few days with out using this. I got very sick and was in bed for five days. when I got it back I used it and two days later was up. I think I should have used it longer and I didn't. Now I got it back. I guess because the cold got a start here, now it is going to be hard to get rid of it. Now I made a cup of hot water, 1/2 a large garlic diced, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of ACV and the juice of a Lime. I am loosening up already. Oh and the acv cured the hot flashes I had."
[YEA] 02/15/2009: Tabby from San Francisco, California: "I'm returning to Earth Clinic to share what Oil of Oregano has done for my family in the past 6 months! I also want to give thanks to God :)
I had a cracked tooth start hurting, extremely sensitive to cold. I knew it was infected, and it throbbed almost constantly. I began apply oil of oregano diluted in cold pressed olive oil to the gum two - three times daily. This immediately took down the pain each time I applied it. By the end of the week the pain was completely gone, giving me time to get to a dentist.
My husband caught a cold this winter, and after a week of it came down with bronchitis. He refused to try my Oil of Oregano! Stubborn guy that he can be ;) But after two weeks of coughing he relented one night and I started him off on 2 drops under the tongue three times daily. Within 24 hours he reported "feeling better overall with more energy". Within two weeks his cough was completely gone, then we stopped the regimen.
I began feeling a sore throat coming on. My daughter had one as well. I took one little drop of Oil of Oregano and put it in some water and had her drink it before bedtime. I took mine straight, I like the taste. I held 3 drops under the tongue for a bit, then began swishing it in the mouth and swallowed. After one more time of this, sore throat totally gone.
I have a compromised immune system and I'm extremely grateful and impressed by how well the Oil of Oregano has helped me and my family. It's nice to go to my cabinet instead of the doctor."
[YEA] 10/08/2008: London from Sandusky, Ohio: "OREGANO OIL IS EXTREMELY STRONG. The first time I tried it, I put a dropperfull in a glass of water, and choked it down. It burns down your throat and tastes pretty gross. I was hacking and my eyes were watering. My throat burned for a good 10 minutes. I said this stuff must work, it's very potent.
Anyways, I didn't dare touch it again, until I got sick again. So...it dawned on me I could put a whole droperfull in a OO Gel cap.
I did it, and it went down wonderfully easy, and cured my cold in a day. I took three gelcaps that day. Oregano Oil is the most potent, and effective remedy I have come across. Plus it's chock full of nutrients and minerals, besides being anti-viral, anti- every thing that's bad for you. It also works for ear infections, but you MUST dilute one drop with a carrier oil, or it will burn your ear canal."
[YEA] 09/18/2008: Cath from Albuquerque, New Mexico: "I had this terrible itching in the crotch area for four weeks that was driving me mad! I finally decided it was something that needed attention so I did some research and decided it must be jock itch. I thought only men got this, but here I was with the malady. I began to try various remedies. Here is a list of what I tried that did not work for me: ACV with honey (4 cups per day), rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide (rubbed on one day and held on for 30 minutes the next day), coconut oil internally and externally, tea tree oil, a rescue remedy tincture, athletes foot powder, a topical Lysine cream, diluted vinegar/water (3:1) with some grapeseed extract as a wash, A&D ointment and a one-ounce tube of hydrocortisone 1% cream. Nothing even touched it (although the hydrocortisone cream helped with the itching). So I went to the health food store and, being too embarrassed to tell them I had jock itch, instead told them I had altheltes foot (both are fungal). The lady suggested OIL of OREGANO. I had some on hand, so, after putting on a generous application of A&D ointment to areas I did not want touched by the oil (very important! don't skip this step! I am assuming any sort of oil or vaseline would work for this step) I used a q-tip and I put a small dab on each nickel-sized sores. It stung! A bring tears to your eyes sting! Like what-did-I-ever-do-to-deserve-this sting! It began to lesson after about 10 minutes, but I finally couldn't take it anymore and rubbed the area with coconut oil! I am pleased to say I have down-graded the sores from what I would call "active", to what I would consider "going away."
CAUTION - when you use oil of oregano less is best! Only apply once or twice a day. Only apply directly to the area. One time I had used too much on a little spot on my arm, letting it run all over and I applied it four to six times a day for probably seven days. It caused a burn of sorts that didn't go away for weeks!
I love your website! We have cured my husband of strep-throat four times in the last few- years with all your strep-throat remedies."