Oregano Oil Benefits to Support Your Health Naturally

Oregano oil is extracted from the oregano plant (Origanum vulgare), a perennial herb from the flowering plant family Lamiaceae. Thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants, carvacrol, and other critical vitamins and nutrients, the health benefits of oregano oil are truly staggering. Oregano oil may support gastrointestinal, respiratory, and skin health. Additionally, its chemical makeup is a powerful force against harmful organisms.

Unlike the dried leaves used in cooking, organic oregano oil provides the health benefits of both the leaf and flower in a few concentrated drops. The potency of oregano oil is due to carvacrol, the compound in the leaves and flowers that are responsible for most of the oregano’s positive health benefits. There are over fifty different types of oregano. Mediterranean varieties of oregano, like those grown in Turkey, usually have the highest amount of carvacrol. These varieties include Origanum heracleoticum and Origanum vulgare, among others.

According to Greek myth, oregano was a beloved and cherished herb of the goddess Aphrodite. She grew it in her garden atop Mount Olympus. Given this history, it’s no surprise that oregano has been studied intensely and its benefits for human health are well known. Below are the top nine you should know about.

1. Calms Lip Blemishes

Many people apply oregano oil to lip blemishes with the belief it will help soothe the area and accelerate healing time. Research is ongoing to pinpoint the validity of this use. Carvacrol may promote resistance against the harmful organisms that cause lip blemishes.

2. Helps with Food Preservation

Spices and herbs, like oregano, have a long history of food preservation and safety. Many types of food, especially raw meat, are a haven for harmful bacteria. Oregano oil may help resist harmful organisms. In one study, a concentrated application of carvacrol slowed the growth of lab cultures or caused them to stop multiplying altogether. Other studies show that essential oils, including oregano, halt the spread of organisms in spoiled fruit juice and aged meat.

3. Soothes Muscle Discomfort

Oregano itself is tremendously soothing and research shows that oregano oil may be helpful for reducing muscle discomfort. In one study, carvacrol was administered orally to mice and measured against opioid-based pain medication. The study concluded that carvacrol offered benefits similar to opioid drugs while being safer.

4. Promotes Intestinal Balance

Maintaining a proper balance of healthy bacteria in your intestines and gut is crucial for supporting good health. A healthy colony of intestinal flora encourages proper digestion and boosts the immune system. Good bacteria also support the immune system and help balance mood. Carvacrol may help promote gut health by creating an appropriate balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria.

5. Eases Bone and Joint Discomfort

Swelling and redness of the joints is an uncomfortable ailment that affects many people. Preliminary studies suggest that carvacrol may offer hope for soothing bones and joints.

6. Resists Harmful Organisms

If you travel to underdeveloped areas of the world, you’ll be exposed to organisms that can wreak havoc on your health. Avoiding the water may be insufficient. Harmful organisms in the natural environment carry a high risk, especially if the body is already in poor health. Research has shown that carvacrol may support the body’s natural response to toxic invaders.

7. Encourages Normal Yeast Balance

Yeast and fungus exist everywhere, even on and in the human body; total eradication is next to impossible. Balance, however, is both desirable and achievable with the help of carvacrol. In a study that examined the use of essential oils as a means to address fungus, carvacrol was among the most effective. Likewise, oregano oil is helpful for promoting balanced candida, a fungus that commonly falls out of balance from poor diet, stress, or antibiotics.

8. Supports Liver Health

Toxins exist in our water, food, and even the air we breathe. The ever-present barrage of toxins in our environment is extraordinary, and the burden it places on the liver is equally mind boggling. Carvacrol may support the normal function of the liver, the body’s primary detoxifying organ.

9. Boosts the Immune System

Gut health, toxins, and lifestyle all play a role in your body’s ability to stay healthy. Oregano oil supports many of the critical factors that ultimately contribute to a strong immune system. In addition to oregano oil’s ability to encourage better gut health, it supplies the body with powerful antioxidants. Eating a healthy diet rich in plants, like oregano encourages a balanced, healthy environment within your body.

Choosing the Right Oregano Oil

If you are looking for the best oregano oil, remember the importance of carvacrol. Global Healing Center has pioneered a new industry standard of high-quality oregano oil with Oregatrex™. It’s a liquid herbal extract that has a minimum carvacrol content of 80% and includes organic peppermint, cayenne, and olive oil. This potent blend supports digestive health and supports the body’s response to harmful organisms.

What About Fresh or Dried Oregano?

Like oregano oil, fresh or dried oregano is packed full of nutritional benefits. Oregano leaf is a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, iron, calcium, and potassium. Fresh oregano is loaded with beneficial antioxidants. Oregano blended with other herbs can contain as many or more antioxidants as fruit, berries, and vegetables.

Tips for Growing Oregano

Can’t find the right organic, non-GMO oregano? Then maybe it’s time to grow your own. Like many herbs, it’s easy. With a little bit of work, you’ll be harvesting home-grown oregano in no time.

To start growing oregano, you need some oregano seeds (if you are using cuttings or container plants you can skip these first steps). The variety you should choose depends on your intended use. For a high carvacrol content, Mediterranean varieties are your best bet. Search for the Origanum vulgare variety, which is sometimes referred to as “Greek” oregano. Shop around for a trusted seed supplier who can provide organic, non-GMO seeds. The designation of “heirloom seeds” may assure that the seeds are non-GMO.

Once you have found your seeds, plant this perennial herb in early spring following the last frost of the year. Oregano does best in full sunlight. Check your soil and make sure it’s well drained and has a good mixture of sand, clay, and decaying organic material. If you are not sure if your soil is right, ask a local greenery for compost and fertilizer suggestions.

When your planting location is prepared, it’s time to plant. Place small groups of seeds approximately ¼ inch down and 10 inches apart. Next, cover the seeds with soil and water. Check your plants often. When the soil is dry to the touch, it’s time to water thoroughly.

You may see sprouting after just five days, but exact timing may vary. Oregano leaves will be ready to harvest once the plant reaches about four inches in height, but you may want to wait until they are around eight inches high before taking the leaves. Don’t wait too long to harvest. The best flavors for culinary use come from the leaves before the plant flowers, usually sometime in early July. Instead of taking off individual leaves, harvesting may be done by cutting off whole stems with the leaves still attached.

After harvesting, ty the stems together and hang upside down in a cool, dry environment—preferably indoors—to dry. After 5-7 days, the oregano leaves should be ready. Remove the leaves and store them in an airtight, glass container for up to one year.

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Lung Cleansing and Respiratory Support ~ The 9 Best Herbs

Your respiratory system is constantly working. All day, every day, it is the vehicle for oxygen to enter your body. Unfortunately, it can also be an entry point for pollutants, irritants, dust, mold, fungus, harmful organisms, and other toxins. Unless you’re living in a bubble, the constant assault from impurities can take its toll. Fortunately, whether you’re experiencing the negative effects of inhaling toxins, or simply want to ensure your lungs are always at peak performance, nature has provided a number of herbs and botanicals that provide deep nutrition for the respiratory system.

How are Herbs Beneficial for the Respiratory System?

Herbs that support lung health typically do so by offering one or more of the following benefits:

  • They may be an expectorant — which helps break up and expel chest congestion.
  • Soothe irritated nasal passages and airways.
  • Relax the muscles near the upper respiratory system to quell a cough.
  • Calm the release of histamines.
  • Fight the harmful organisms that can produce upper respiratory problems.
  • They may be a source of antioxidants and reduce oxidative damage and redness.

Let’s take a look at the nine best herbs for respiratory health.

1. Eucalyptus

Native to Australia, eucalyptus isn’t just for Koala bears! Aborigines, Germans, and Americans have all used the refreshing aroma of eucalyptus to promote respiratory health and soothe throat irritation. Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in cough lozenges and syrups and its effectiveness is due to a compound called cineole. Cineole has numerous benefits — it’s an expectorant, can ease a cough, fights congestion, and soothes irritated sinus passages. As an added bonus, because eucalyptus contains antioxidants, it supports the immune system during a cold or other illness.

2. Lungwort

Lungwort is a flowering rhizomatous that actually resembles lung tissue in appearance. However, this natural remedy doesn’t just look the part. As early as the 1600’s, lungwort has been used to promote lung and respiratory health and clear congestion. Lungwort also contains compounds that are powerfully effective against harmful organisms that affect respiratory health.

3. Oregano

Although oregano contains the vitamins and nutrients required by the immune system, its primary benefits are owed to its carvacrol and rosmarinic acid content. Both compounds are natural decongestants and histamine reducers that have direct, positive benefits on the respiratory tract and nasal passage airflow. Oregano has so many health benefits that a bottle of organic oregano oil should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet.

4. Plantain Leaf

The plantain leaf has been used for hundreds of years to ease a cough and soothe irritated mucous membranes. Clinical trials have found it favorable against a cough, cold, and lung irritation. Plantain leaf has an added bonus in that it may help relieve a dry cough by spawning mucus production in the lungs. Good stuff!

5. Elecampane

The Greeks, Romans, Chinese and even Indian Ayurvedic medicine have cited elecampane for respiratory support and, since the 1800’s, lozenges and cough drops have been produced from elecampane root. The reason? Elecampane has a relaxing effect on smooth tracheal muscles. There are two active compounds in elecampane root that provide the beneficial effect — inulin, which soothes bronchial passage, and alantolactone, an expectorant with antitussive action.

6. Lobelia

Did you know that horses given lobelia are able to breath more deeply? Its benefits are not limited to equestrians. Lobelia, by some accounts, is thought to be one of the most valuable herbal remedies in existence. Lobelia contains an alkaloid known as lobeline, which thins mucus, breaks up congestion. Additionally, lobelia stimulates the adrenal glands to release epinephrine, in effect, this relaxes the airways and allows for easier breathing. Also, because lobelia helps to relax smooth muscles, it is included in a many cough and cold remedies. Lobelia should be part of everyone’s respiratory support protocol!

7. Chaparral

Chaparral, a plant native to the southwest, has been appreciated by the Native Americans for lung detoxification and respiratory support. Chaparral contains powerful antioxidants that resist irritation and NDGA which is known to fight histamine response. Chaparral is also a herb that fights harmful organisms. The benefits of chaparral are most available in a tincture extraction but chaparral tea may support respiratory problems by encouraging an expectorant action to clear airways of mucus.

8. Peppermint

Peppermint and peppermint oil contain menthol — a soothing ingredient known to relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract and promote free breathing. Paired with the antihistamine effect of peppermint, menthol is a fantastic decongestant. Many people use therapeutic chest balms and other inhalants that contain menthol to help break up congestion. Additionally, peppermint is an antioxidant and fights harmful organisms.

9. Osha Root

Osha is a herb native to the Rocky Mountain area and has historically been used by the Native Americans for respiratory support. The roots of the plant contain camphor and other compounds which make it one of the best lung-support herbs in America. One of the main benefits of Osha root is that it helps increase circulation to the lungs, which makes it easier to take deep breaths. Also… when seasonal sensitivities flare up your sinuses, Osha root, which is not an actual antihistamine, does produce a similar effect and may help calm respiratory irritation.

Supplementing with Lung Support Herbs

All of the above herbs are available, in various forms, as nutritional supplements, and in tea blends. Additionally, many people grow herbs in their garden and simply consume them as food. That’s not a bad idea! If you grow them yourself, you can rest easy knowing the source is a good one. If not, it can be difficult to know if nutritional supplements use herbs that are organic, contain pesticides, ethically harvested, given clean water, etc. These are not factors for which you can or simply should assume the best – ask questions and verify that you’re getting the best product possible. To make it easy, I recommend Allertrex®, which contains all the herbs listed above except for oregano and Osha root – organic and wildcrafted – as well as lovage, bee balm, orange peel, menthol crystals, and nascent iodine.

 

Clean ~ Naturally with Pinon and Pine Oil

As I gazed at the bushels of pine cones left over from what was a horrible harvest, my thought was what can I do with all this. I began to learn about pine as a cleaner and its natural property for health and wellness. I learned that many people had become unhappy that pine sol, one of this country’s oldest cleaning products , had lost its pine scent. It would seem they had a problem finding enough pine oil.

This fact alone was a great inspiration for a futher study into pine oil and pine products. One might think it unlikely to be medicinal . Since 2012, research into the pharmaceutical uses of pine extract (PBE – sold commercially under the brand name Pycnogenol) has virtually exploded. In this article, we will explore the most impressive applications for pine extracts. It was only natural, as a distiller of wild harvests, to extract the phytochemicals from the pine cones and create natural products.

History

In 1535, a ship carrying a French explorer named Jacques Cartier became ice-bound in Canada. As the crew ran out of food, especially fruits and vegetables, they became ill with scurvy, due to vitamin C deficiency. Once again, the Native Americans saved the day and showed the sailors how to make nutritious tea from the pine tree. rs who recovered shared their story, and 400 years later, French researcher Dr. Jacques Masquelier read the account in Cartier’s writings and set on a search for the miraculous tree ingredients. He was able to extract proanthocyanidins from European coastal pine tree, and patented the process, naming the compound Pycnogenol.

Physical Performance and Metabolic Recovery

A study published recently in the Journal of Sports Medicine Fitness looked at the effect of pine on the performance of normal subjects taking the Army Physical Fitness Test, and also the performance of triathletes. Among the results, participants treated with pine extract had improved performance and a significant decrease in cramps and post-running pain. On average, the pine extract subjects completed the 100-minute triathlon 6 minutes faster than the control group, and both the normal subjects and triathletes treated with pine extract showed a faster metabolic recovery

Decongestant properties

Pine preparations have long been used as decongestants. In another study out this week, pine extract was used to treat allergic asthma and relieved the symptoms by many mechanisms, including decreasing airway inflammation and decreasing mucus secretion. Wound Healing Several applications have been found for pine extract in the treatment of wounds. In one study, pine oil in ointment form was applied to an incision and was found to significantly accelerate the wound healing process. PBE also helps reduce ultraviolet radiation damage to the skin and may protect human facial skin from symptoms of photoaging. In one recent study, university researchers found “Clinically significant improvement in the photodamaged skin could be achieved with the regular application of pine extract.”

Disinfectant

Pine extracts are effective against a wide range of bacteria, fungus, and virus, including the influenza virus type A, and herpes simplex types 1 and 2. It will kill the causative agents of typhoid, gastroenteritis, rabies, enteric fever, cholera, several forms of meningitis, whooping cough, gonorrhea and several types of dysentery. It is very smart to add a few drops of pine oil to your cleaning products to safely disinfect your home. A few drops can also be added to your pet’s shampoo as a natural flea deterrent.

Muscle Rub/Arthritis

Besides preventing post-exercise cramping, pine oil can be used as a muscle and joint rub to ease pain and stiffness. Nutritional Content Pine needles provide a good amount of vitamin A and about 5 times as much vitamin C as found in lemons. A cup of pine needle tea can help with colds and flu. Steep a handful of washed pine needles in hot water.

DIY – Pine Extract with what is on hand

To make your own, simply cut some pine branches, and needles included, and put them in a wide-mouth airtight jar. Cover the cuttings with grain alcohol or vodka. Shake well and store in a cool, dark place. Shake it at least once a day and start checking it after a couple of weeks. When you walk by and smell the pine smell, you will know it is ready to strain and bottle in a dark container. If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can replace it with olive oil, but your tincture won’t be as strong. If you are giving this as a gift, adding a sprig of clean, washed pine needles to the jar gives it that homey, homemade feel. Please note that this is a very strong preparation, and one drop will go a long way!

pinon-conePINE OIL Chemistry and Active Ingredients

Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of needles, twigs and cones from a variety of species of pine, we use primarily pine cones after the pine nuts have been removed. The species of our pine oil, is Pinus Edulis, as commonly known as New Mexico Pinon Pine, or Colorado Pinon Pine.

It is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, as a cleaning product, and as a lubricant in small and expensive clockwork instruments. It is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial. It may also be used varyingly as a disinfectant, massage oil and an antiseptic. It is also used as an effective organic herbicide where its action is to modify the waxy cuticle of plants, resulting in desiccation.

Pine oil is distinguished from other products from pine, such as turpentine, the low-boiling fraction from the distillation of pine sap, and rosin, the thick tar remaining after turpentine is distilled. Chemically, pine oil consists mainly of cyclic terpene alcohols.It may also contain terpene hydrocarbons, ethers, and esters. The exact composition depends on various fact y be a good reason why many common household cleaners claim to “smell like pine.” This connection to pine oil and good health is as old as the hills, and its related to the germ-fighting, disinfectant properties of the oil. In fact, it was greatly revered by the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, who noted its strong healing effect on the human respiratory system.

Similarly, the Native Americans used pine needles in bedding to prevent bedbugs and lice. Pine oil, obtained by extracting essential oils from the cone of pine trees, is a strong therapeutic aid. Similar to tea tree and eucalyptus oil, extracts of pine are powerful agents against harmful organisms of all types, making it a great oil to have in your medicine chest and cleaning cupboard. Its powerful capacities are related to its high levels of phenols, acidic plant chemicals that fight off germs and ward off disease. It also has a healing effect on the endocrine system and aids the body in cleansing impurities from the skin. Pine hydrosol is an immune-stimulant and body tonic, enhancing overall mental and physical balance.

Soap Nuts.

Soap Berries are a FruitSoap Nuts

Soap Nuts are related to the Lychee family, a subtropical fruit with a sweet taste. While the lychee fruit maybe good to eat we wouldn’t recommend eating soap nuts since their saponins have a strong bitter taste. A common terminology in botany refers to a nut as being a dried fruit with either one or two seeds. True nuts are produced by plant families in the order of Fagales. Both Soap Nuts and Lychees are in the botanical order Sapindales. People have referred to them as “nuts” because the dehydrated fruit can become hard spheres with one large seed that people assume are nuts. Soapberry fruits are round and  reddish tan in color; they become gummy and wrinkled as they ripen. They are hand-harvested annually in autumn. The seed is removed,      and the fruit is dried naturally in the sun to about 8% moisture.

Naturally Hypoallergenic – Soap Nuts

The major reason to properly identify soap nuts as being a fruit, vs. a nut (soap nuts) is to clarify that they are hypoallergenic. The 8 major allergens associated with foods consist of the following: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, & walnuts), fish (such as bass, cod, & flounder), shellfish (such as crab, lobster, & shrimp), soy, and wheat. Obviously, a person with allergies should avoid ingesting anything they are allergic too; however, it is equally important they avoid coming in direct or soft contact with the allergen. For example, severe peanut allergies can cause an anaphylactic shock by simply coming in soft contact (touched a surface that came in contact with peanuts).
One thing all these allergens have in common is that they contain proteins. Typically allergies are based on specific protein sensitivities, and why someone can be allergic to one protein source but not another. It is important to note that there are no fruits identified as being a major allergen. Fruits do not typically contain the protein complexes that cause an allergic reaction. This is not to say that people can’t be allergic to fruits, but it is not very common.
Since we now know that soap nuts are a fruit rather than a nut, it answers the million dollar question; are they hypoallergenic? Naturally they are! While many companies make hypoallergenic claims, we are one of the few corporations to actually submit our organic soapberry saponin concentrate for dermatological (skin irritation) testing.

Dermatological Soap Nuts Test Results

Although we had good reason to believe the hype with regards to soap nuts being hypoallergenic, we wanted to see how the fruit’s saponins scored on a skin irritation test. This type of scientific test data is helpful in determining, and understanding any potential skin sensitivity issues.
We are happy to share third party test results for the skin irritation test performed on Berry Saponin ConcentrateTM. The test involved numerous individuals and looked for any skin reactions potentially resulting from BSC. A 5% concentration of the surfactant was applied directly onto the skin of the subjects. Results were analyzed by a dermatologist and 100% of subjects* tested had ZERO reaction (noticeable irritation) after 48 hours of exposure. The saponins found in BSC have been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy (Ayurvedic Medicine) for many dermatological issues (psoriasis, eczema, and dandruff).  It is nice when modern science can prove what ancient civilizations have known all along!
*Skin Irritation Test consisted of 52 subjects with Fitzpatrick skin types 2 & 3.

Whether you call them soap nuts or soap berries the world is definitely falling in love with these little guys.

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Soap Nuts FAQ | Organic Detergent | Natural Laundry Soap | Soap Nuts Pro

Consumers have many questions about soap nuts / soapberries. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are answered straightforwardly with meaningful details.

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