Watch out echinacea, a new cold-fighting herb is moving in. Oregano (Oreganum compactum) oil is becoming more widely used to treat many ills, especially colds and flu. Traditionally used for a variety of ailments, oregano oil contains a potent mix of antimicrobial agents that fight bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It's good for the respiratory and circulatory systems and is even being used to treat gingivitis on dogs and cats. Plus oregano oil is being touted for its antioxidant properties.
The chemical carvacrol is being researched as the main compound in oregano that fights all these germs. This phenol also is found in other Mediterranean herbs, but oregano has the highest concentration.
So it's time to grow an herb garden and pack it with oregano to keep healthy.
For more information on oregano oil and its benefits, go to this University of Florida Web page at www.hos.ufl.edu/mooreweb/TissueCulture/reports/OREGANO%20OIL.doc
Article published on October 12, 2004.