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Oregano Extract

Unavoidable price increase coming…

Dear OW customers,

Due to the current state of  Spanish origanum vulgare oil, we are switching suppliers.  Weather conditions have not been kind to wild oregano, so the availability of  high quality oil has been limited.  Of course this means the price has gone up as well.  In order to provide you with the best, pure wild oregano oil available, we are going to source oil from Turkey, which had a better growing season.  The wholesale price increase is substantial.  However, we are only raising our prices by $1.00-2.00, starting as soon as our current stock is depleted.  We will continue to monitor the availability of quality oregano oil from all sources, with an eye towards reducing prices as soon as it is feasible.   We hope we can count on your continued loyalty, as we are making the change with your health in mind.  We appreciate your support!


Cindy G

Wild Oregano – Highest Antioxidant Herb

Highest Antioxidant Herb

Kim Erickson, of  the online newsletter, Better Nutrition,  has written, “While oregano leaves can be found in kitchens throughout the world, it’s the volatile oil extracted from the plant that could be right at home in your medicine cabinet. Oregano oil is a powerful antioxidant and antibacterial, thanks to high levels of the plant chemical carvacrol. One study suggests that carvacrol kills bacteria and prevents dangerous amines from forming in cooked ground beef. And researchers have discovered that oregano oil kills a variety of common infectious microbes, including salmonella, E. coli, and several types of staphylococcus.

When it comes to antioxidant power, oregano oil is off the charts. When researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture compared it with 27 culinary herbs and 12 medicinal herbs, they found that oregano had the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) of all the herbs tested. ORAC indicates antioxidant power.

Carvacrol, as well as another compound in oregano oil called thymol, is also effective against fungi. Oregano oil is so effective, in fact, that it outperformed an industrial fungicide often used on agricultural crops, according to one study by Turkish researchers.”

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Oregano oil vs. cold and flu

Traditional herbal medicine practices use oregano oil mainly against bacteria, fungi and parasites. There is some anecdotal evidence of its effectiveness against cold and flu viruses, though more studies are needed to confirm these effects, says Richard Stooker, author of the book “Beat the Flu.” Oregano oil contains 50 active compounds with immune-boosting and germ-fighting properties, and antioxidants that reduce inflammation. Its nutrient content includes vitamins A and C, both of which support respiratory health and help fight infection. Oregano oil also contains calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper and boron.

Broad Spectrum Effects

Oil of oregano is an excellent broad spectrum antibiotic with warming, drying properties that help heal respiratory and other infections. Aside from its antibacterial properties, this essential oil is useful against viruses and fungi. Colds and flu respond well to oil of oregano, and it is also used for lung conditions such as asthma, pneumonia, whooping cough and tuberculosis, according to Paul Pitchford in his book “Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition.” Oregano oil is versatile and can be taken internally in capsule form, or you can add a few drops to a steam bath and inhale the vapors directly.

 Respiratory Effects

Oil of oregano helps your lungs recover from a bout with a cold or flu by thinning the mucous, allowing for easier breathing and faster removal of the infecting virus, says naturopath Linda Page in her book “Linda Page’s Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone.” Oregano oil also has antiviral and antibacterial properties that directly inhibit cold and flu bugs. Page recommends a respiratory detoxification program that uses oregano oil along with other herbs, such as mullein, marshmallow, pleurisy root, wild cherry, ginger and horehound.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/495376-oil-of-oregano-vs-colds-flu/#ixzz2HVAWc6vV

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Going on a cruise this winter? Don’t forget to take your oregano oil!

According to health journalist Bill Sardi, oil pressed from oregano leaves that contain the active ingredient carvacrol may be an effective treatment against sometimes drug-resistant bacterial infection. Georgetown University researchers have found that oil of oregano appears to reduce infection “as effectively as traditional antibiotics.”Oil of oregano at relatively low doses was found to be efficacious against Staphylococcus bacteria and was comparable in its germ-killing properties to antibiotic drugs such as streptomycin, pencillin and vancomycin. [Science Daily 10/11/2001] The findings were presented by Harry G. Preuss, MD, professor of physicology and biophysics, Georgetown University, at the American College of Nutrition’a annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Earlier this year researchers at the Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee reported that, among various plant oils, oil of oregano exhibited the greatest antibacterial action against common pathogenic germs such as Staph, E. coli and Listeria. [Journal Food Protection, Volume 64, July 2001] Last year British researchers reported oregano oil had antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria. [Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, February 2000] A clinical study in Italy has shown that oil of oregano can be used to treat intestinal parasites. [Phytotherapy Research, Volume 14, May 2000]

The body of positive evidence for oregano oil as a major antibiotic is growing. Among 52 plant oils tested, oregano was considered to have “pharmacologic” action against common bugs such as Candida albicans (yeast), E. coli, Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [Journal Applied Microbiology, volume 86, June 1999] Pseudomonas is a type of germ that is getting more difficult to treat as it has developed strains that are resistant against antibiotic drugs.


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