Used as an antimicrobial to treat Candida albicans (yeast) infections
Used to treat sinusitis and rhinitis and traditionally for the common cold, hay fever, chronic bronchitis and coughs
Used for arthritis
Traditionally used for toothache
The wild Turkish oregano in this product is not the oregano spice sold in supermarkets, which is actually marjoram. Oregano, which literally translates as "delight of the mountains", originates in the mountainous regions of the eastern Mediterranean. It is a traditional medicine of that region, having been used over the centuries for treatment and prevention of the common cold, flu and other ills. Modern research repeatedly corroborates the astonishing medicinal properties of this plant. Our Oréganum Essence is comprised of 99% herb enriched by 1% of the essential oil a supercharged anti-microbial combination.
An ethnopharmacological survey of Turkish folk medicinal plants revealed that oregano is a standard plant used by local peoples for the common cold. The authors report that, "Among the recorded species, Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum (is among) the most popular plants used in the treatment of many ailments". Oregano is also a traditional medicine of India for toothache, rheumatism and earache.
Herbal botanist James Duke, PhD assigns oregano a 2-leaf rating (on a scale ranging from 1 leaf to 3) for sinusitis. Duke describes oregano as "a member of the mint family that's simply loaded with antiseptic compounds". Duke also rates wild oregano as having the highest concentration of antioxidants of 100 mint family plants tested.
In addition to its use as a crude herb, oregano is also administered as an essential oil. Dan Kenner, PhD confirms that, "In France essential oil of oregano, taken orally, has been recognized as one of the most clinically useful remedies for all types of infections."
Noted herbalist Allan K. Tillotson has a monograph on the combined use of oregano as a herb and an essential oil. He writes that, "Carvacrol and thymol, two volatile oils found in oregano are known to thin mucus, relieve coughing, and relax muscle spasms. These actions make the herb a very useful treatment for lung disorders, including pneumonia, sinus congestion, hay fever, chronic bronchitis and rhinitis". Schauenberg and Paris confirm that wild oregano treats "violent coughs, whooping coughs and other disorders of the respiratory organs".
Pharmacist and researcher James B LaValle reveals that oregano herb and essential oil have potent COX-2 inhibiting properties, useful for arthritis. He reports, "Its COX-2-inhibiting properties should bring new devotees among those seeking relief from the symptoms of inflammatory disease".