Wild oregano oil is made from Origanum vulgare, a perennial herb with small purple flowers and dark green leaves. It has a pungent flavor and is used in cooking to make pizza and other Mediterranean dishes. The essential oil has medicinal properties. The active ingredients thymol and carvacrol are potent antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal agents. Sinusitis is a viral, bacterial or fungal infection of the sinus cavities around the nose. Sinusitis can also be a chronic condition, causing headaches and tooth pain. According to Balch and Balch, sinusitis is a good candidate for treatment with wild oregano oil.
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Visit a natural food store or food co-op that carries organic herbal remedies and purchase oil of oregano. Make sure the product you buy is organic, made from Origanum vulgare, and contains at least 50 percent carvacrol.
Check the label to make sure the oregano oil is diluted with an edible oil like olive oil. This is important because pure essential oils are too strong to be taken undiluted.
Take the prescribed dose with meals. Generally the dose will be one to five drops of the liquid oil once or twice daily. Mix the liquid oil with juice or water. If you are taking capsules the dose will be one to four capsules daily. Always read the dosage instructions on the label since products vary in strength and carvacrol content.
Monitor your improvement. You should see the infection improving within three to five days.
- “Prescription for Nutritional Healing”; Phyllis Balch and James Balch; 2000.