What are parasites?
A parasite is an organism that survives on or in a host organism and obtains its nutrients from that host 1,2,3. There are different cases of parasitism. The parasite can either harm the host, or the relationship is neutral 1. Of these two types they can either be Ectoparasites where they live outside the body or Endoparasites where they live inside the body1. There are a large number of parasites that can range from microscopic and not visible to the human eye to some being over 30 meters in length3! Within this large range of parasites there are three main classes that can cause harm in humans; protozoa, helminths, and ectoparasites2.
How can Oil of Wild Oregano help?
Oregano oil has a wide range of effects on bacteria, fungi and parasites, some of which are resistant to antibiotics 5. A study was performed by a research team from Georgetown University Medical Centre and led by Harry G. Preuss, M.D, on Oregano Oil and its antibacterial effects. It was shown that Oregano Oil inhibits the growth, at the same efficacy as standard antibiotics, of staphylococcus, a bacteria that is increasingly becoming resistant to many antibiotics6. This and other studies support the conclusion that Oregano oil is effective against bacteria that have become resistant to synthetic antibiotics. Its antimicrobial, antibiotic and antiparasitic properties are all well-known and have been demonstrated through many studies such as the following;
A study was conducted by administering Oregano oil to 14 patients with enteric parasites. A daily dose of 600mg of emulsified oregano oil for six weeks was applied. The results showed that in thirteen cases the parasites had disappeared and the parasite level decreased in three additional cases. As well as the efficacy in eliminating the parasites it also improved gastrointestinal symptoms in 63% of patients who tested positive for Blastocystis hominis. 4
How to use Oil of Wild Oregano
Solutions4Health Oil of Wild Oregano is already appropriately diluted with a carrier oil so that it can be used for both internal consumption and external use.
As with the use of any nutraceutical, it is important to first consult with your doctor to discuss your use of Oil of Wild Oregano in light of any medical conditions you may have and any medication you may be taking.
Based on a successful study mentioned in this article, it can be inferred that a dosage of 600mg of Oil of Wild Oregano can be taken daily for a period of 6 weeks.
It is advised to take a probiotic after the 6 week course to replenish the good bacteria within your gut as Oil of Wild Oregano can eliminate bad bacteria as well as the good bacteria.
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2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). CDC – Parasites – About Parasites. [online] Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/about.html [Accessed 24 Jun. 2019].
3. ordqvist, C. and Biggers, A., MD, MPH (2019). What’s to know about parasites?. [online] Medical News Today. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/220302.php [Accessed 24 Jun. 2019].
4. Force, M., Sparks, W. and Ronzio, R. (2000). Inhibition of enteric parasites by emulsified oil of oregano in vivo. Phytotherapy Research, 14(3), pp.213-214.
5. Adame-Gallegos, J., Andrade-Ochoa, S. and Nevarez-Moorillon, G. (2016). Potential Use of Mexican Oregano Essential Oil against Parasite, Fungal and Bacterial Pathogens. Journal of Essential Oil Bearing Plants, 19(3), pp.553-567.
6. Meschino, J, P. (2005). Oil of Oregano: Nature’s Antibiotic and Anti-Fungal Supplement. Dynamic Chiropractic, [online] 23(10). Available at: https://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=50197 [Accessed 24 Jun. 2019].