Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Oil of Oregano - *Essential Oil That Everyone Should Have @ Home*


Essential Oil of Oregano is Bomb (bomb, in a good way)!  It's not expensive and you can get it at your health food store.   I like to always get organic and a brand that is reliable and known to be consistent with quality.  I'm currently using the NOW brand Oil of Oregano.  

I've also included some basic info about what essential oils are and how they are used.

Oil of Oregano has powerful anti-yeast, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties, as well as intestinal cleansing benefits. It is often used with intestinal Candida/yeast, and as a first aid to help treat food poisoning. Oregano Oil has also been found to have powerful antioxidant effects.
Benefits of Oil of Oregano
  • Antifungal
  • Antimicrobial Effects
  • Antibacterial
  • Inhibits Yeast Growth
  • Antioxidant

What are Essential Oils?

An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil" are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color.
Essential oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.
Essential oils are not the same as perfume or fragrance oils. Where essential oils are derived from the true plants, perfume oils are artificially created fragrances or contain artificial substances and do not offer the therapeutic benefits that essential oils offer. The chemical composition and aroma of essential oils can provide valuable psychological and physical therapeutic benefits. These benefits are usually achieved through methods including inhalation and application of the diluted oil to the skin.
Not all Essential Oils are created equal. Many are not what we consider Therapeutic Grade which makes the difference on how effective they will be for your over-all health.
That question is a natural one as people wonder how it is that a simple-appearing aromatic substance can have so many powerful effects. If you understand the chemistry of essential oils you will begin to understand how they work. Essential oils are made up of very tiny molecules. The tiny molecules are smaller than the molecules found in "fatty oils" like peanut or olive oil. The small molecules that makeup essential oils empower them in a number of ways. . .
  • It makes them aromatic, as small molecules are able to quickly vaporize and positively affect the body through the nose and lungs. (This ability is what led to the term "aromatherapy.")
  • It enables them to easily cross tissues and cell walls -- including the blood-brain barrier -- which gives the power to reach areas of the body like nothing else. (This can be seen in the ability that essential oils have to quickly and positively affect the emotions.)
  • It equips oils to be transdermal, which means that they can penetrate the skin and reach any part of the body in minutes. (For example, an EO like peppermint can be placed on the sole of the foot and be tasted on the tongue within a minute.)

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