The Oregano plant is a woody shrub that is found mostly in Mediterranean areas. Preliminary research conducted on oregano supports its use for various types of infections. According to research, Carvacrol is the primary component in oregano oil responsible for its effectiveness against fungus. Numerous university studies (Georgetown, Cornell, Tennessee, etc.) and independent research have shown Oregano and Oregano Oil to be powerful against harmful organisms.
The beauty of this natural plant is that it does not promote drug resistant strains. It also does not produce annoyances or complications seen with the use of standard pharmaceutical medications. It should be noted that this is not regular oregano, but a wild form (wild mountain oregano, vulgare species) of the spice. Although there are a wide variety of plants that are confused with oregano (including marjoram, thyme, and sage) true oregano grows wild in Mediterranean regions such as Greece. The wild oregano is the source of surprisingly potent oil of oregano.
How it Works
The isomeric phenols (primarily Carvacrol) in oregano oil in dilutions as low as 1/50,000 destroys Candida albicans, Aspergillus fungus, and other harmful organisms. Another phenol constituent, thymol, boosts the immune system. These compounds also act as free radical scavengers (shield against toxins) thus discouraging further tissue damage while encouraging a healthy body environment. All of this helps make oregano oil a significant tool for nail fungus, toenail fungus, candida, yeast infections, and athlete’s foot. Cass Ingram explains in his book- Oregano: Nature’s Healer, the astonishing discovery that “oil of oregano outright destroys all variety of fungi and yeasts, regardless of where they reside.” Dr. Cass Ingram is a physician, educator, and author of over 10 books, including his latest, “The Cure is in the Cupboard”.
Oregano is such a potent agent that it is capable of destroying even resistant fungal forms. One astonishing fact is that fungal resistance to oregano is very rare; therefore it can be used over a long period of time and maintains its effectiveness.
In an abstract in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition that appeared last year, 18 mice were injected with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Three of the six mice that received oregano oil orally survived the infection, while two of the six mice that received the antibiotic vancomycin did. All six of the mice that received nothing died within three days.
The same researchers also tested oregano oil’s effects on mice that had been injected with the yeast Candida albicans. In the study, published last year in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, all six of the mice fed oregano oil survived more than 30 days with no sign of Candida infection, while all six mice that were fed just olive oil died within seven days.
Another study showed that oregano completely inhibited the growth of 25 germs such as Staphylococcus aureas, Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [Journal Food Protection, July 2001]
Yet another study found Oregano to be effective in eradicating intestinal invaders in humans. [Phytotherapy Research, May 2000]
Wild Mediterranean Oregano which is found in Mycozil has over 50 potent compounds. The organic wild variety grows in remote mountainous regions free of pollution or toxic pesticides. Only the leaves of the flowering plant are used and they are picked precisely when the plant is highest in essential oil. Mycozil contains only the purest, organically grown wild mediterranean oregano with a minimum of 70% Carvacrol to ensure high potency.