The Wonders of Oil of Oregano :)

ImageI am just beginning to learn about Oil of Oregano (no this isn’t your mama’s pizza/spaghetti oregano). This is wild medicinal oregano from the Mediterranean. I first read about it in Heather VanVorous’ Book, “IBS the first year” page 169. The product I bought is from N. American Herb & Spice. I should have bought it from Amazon. I paid too much for my bottle 😦

This tiny little bottle of oil packs a major punch! It seems to be a wonder drug, you just cannot use it on an on-going basis. I’m finding information that 6 weeks may be the max before you take a break. It has healed people’s sinus infections, calmed their tummy troubles, helped with skin conditions AND they brush their teeth with it!

Here are a few places to get information:

WebMD: Oregano overview
“Oregano is used for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup and bronchitis. It is also used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating. Other uses include treating menstrual cramps, rheumatoid arthritis, urinary tract disorders…headaches and heart conditions. There’s a lot more, you’ll just have to read it for yourself πŸ™‚ Read more…

WikiHow:Β  How to Get Health Benefits from Oregano OilThere is some scientific research that suggests anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties of oregano oil. Even though reliable human trials are still lacking, oregano oil has considerable anecdotal support for its healing properties. Read more…

Natural News: Oil of Oregano: A Powerhouse for the Alternative Medicine Cabinet
Oregano is nature’s antibiotic. It may be one reason why people who eat a Mediterranean diet tend to live longer and healthier lives. The wild oregano plant has been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses. It’s a powerful antihistamine. New research is finding that oil of oregano is as effective against colitis as prescription drugs without the harmful side effects. Read more…

Amazon: N. American Herb & Spice
I chose this oreganol because this is what I bought. The man at the health food store said it is one of the best and is very pure and strong. Who am I to argue? This company even claims it on their web site – “We use only the purest, highest quality ingredients in our Oregano oil products. This is the true wild oregano P73. Oreganol P73 is a blend of edible species of wild oregano grown on natural, mineral-rich soil from the Mediterranean.” Read more…
They also have several other products using wild oregano oil πŸ™‚
No, I do not have stock in this company. I just trust it.

Let’s hear from several Amazon reviewers about Oil of Oregano…
EVE GRANGER: I had a persistent cold and ear ache for some time, and when it got to the point that I could barely hear, I went to the Whole Body department of Whole Foods and asked them to help me. They told me to buy this Oreganol, but the .45 oz bottle cost $25, and I told them no way. Well, they gave me a free sample (always a good sign), and this stuff drained my ears and sinuses about five minutes after dosage (I did buy the product). It works fantastically. It tastes like, well, a super-concentrated dose of oregano, which is not very delicious at all.
MJP: I have spent the last 20+ years in a congested stupor. I’ve been on antibiotics, steroids, allergy meds, cold meds. I’ve used Netti pots, salene spray, and have done 5 years of allergy shots. I’ve tried everything. If anyone around me had a cold, I would catch it and then follow it up with a sinus infection. About a month ago I stumbled onto Oil of Oregano. After reading all the positive reviews I figured I had nothing to lose, so I ordered the .45 oz bottle and started taking 2 drops under my tongue each day. After about a week I was able to sleep through the night….
C ADAMS:Β  This product is ok…..just ok but it is not as strong as Source Naturals Oil of Oregano which I found to be much more effective in helping me fight off colds and other troublesome winter ailments. If you have never used Oil of Oregano, I don’t think you will be disappointed but I would definitely recommend the Oil of Oregano by Source Naturals over this brand.
Β  SEE, I’m an equal opportunity reviewer!
WATERS: This is the nuclear bomb in the natural treatment arsenal. This isn’t some kind of psychic magic crystal voodoo snake oil fairy dust junk too many “natural” people believe in thereby encouraging the equally silly wholesale rejection of real, effective natural treatment approaches.
ME: First, I’m having trouble finding reviews from people who have GI problems, so, me, myself & I have used it for GI problems. My stomach was spasming, bloating, gas, you name it…i started taking the oil of oregano; just 2 drops under my tongue once a day. I have to admit, I’m no longer having GI problems! My husband and daughter-in-law are getting sick from a cold. My husband thought the oil was “VOODOO” medicine and didn’t want to try it. He called the dr. for antibiotics. For various reasons, he couldn’t get the antibiotics so he had to rely on the oil. I heard him say yesterday when I asked him about getting the antibiotics, “I don’t need them!” I asked him to repeat that statement, just to rub it in. My bad πŸ™‚

Certainly, don’t buy at least this brand, at the store. You’ll pay $10 more than on Amazon. As far as dosing, there are a lot of theories. I’m thinking, you just have to decide for yourself. If it’s just a nasty headache or GI problems, I believe the 2 drops under the tongue will do it. If not increase to twice a day. If you are warding off a cold or flu, maybe want to do 3x a day. If you have a BAD whatever, then use more.

DO NOT use the oil undiluted. Not in your mouth, not on your skin. I believe the oil comes in gel caps. My stomach is way too sensitive, so I’ll stick with the drops. You can find how to make it safe to use on your skin by googling. Most places say to put it in olive oil.


Healthier without Wheat


The Book, Healthier without Wheat is written by Dr. Stephen Wangen. Dr. Stephen Wangen is one of the world’s leading experts on IBS, food allergies/intolerances, and the ecosystem of the digestive tract.

I read this book in the 5 hours it took to go visit my grandson, so you know it isn’t a difficult or laborious book to read.

Dr. Wangen discusses wheat in our diet & doesn’t believe it belongs there — just like Dr. Davis in “Wheat Belly”.
He discusses celiac disease, non-celiac forms of gluten intolerance, testing for all forms of gluten intolerance and for wheat and gluten allergies and then treatment of gluten intolerance. Oh I wish he was my doctor, but he’s on the other side of the great big wide US of A 😦

Dr. Wangen bellieves that wheat has been bred to have three major beneficial traits that were absent in its wild ancestors: (1) larger grain, (2) grain easier to remove from stalk and (3) extra large seeds cannot disperse on their own–dependent entirely on people to reproduce. Hmmm, sounds healthy to me! My husband was reading a book the other day, “The Butterfly Effect” by Andy Andrews and came across the name of the man who started the whole wheat manipulation. I’d so love to go back to the 1940s and stop him. But then, someone else would have picked up the torch 😦

Alright, why’d you let me get off topic–gheez. Wheat isn’t grown because it’s the best fuel for our body. It’s grown because it provides us with an amazing amount of food per acre and is very economical to produce. Hmmm, guess money really is the ROOT of all evil–get the joke, ROOT. Oh, forgetaboutit!

Dr. Wangen states that Americans eat more wheat per person than any other country.
Also, the United States is the most affluent country in the world with an incredibly hi-tech healthcare system. According to the World Health Organization’s evaluation, the USA ranks 37th in health 😦

Also, 60 million Americans (20%) have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or chronic digestive problems.
40% get heartburn
10-20% have severe fatigue
and the list goes on and on and on.

Wheat is not necessarily bad for everyone, and it isn’t necessarily the cause of all the health problems known. However, says Dr. Wangen, it is a threat to the good health of millions of people whose bodies are not able to process it–yeah, mine. Full of It

Gluten intolerance can dramatically affect the skin, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, immune system, energy levels, joints, teeth and even behavior and mood and, of course, the digestive system. I have not read the following book that Dr. Wangen recommends by Dr. Rodney Ford yet, so I cannot comment on it, but will provide the link here if you wish to investigate it. It’s called “Full of It“.

Back to Healthier without Wheat. Non-celiac gluten intolerance can be diagnosed. When your immune system attacks food in a person with a food intolerance, it creates antibodies. The antibody is called gliadin antibody.

To have a correct diagnosis, the proper tests must be run. The patient must be eating offending foods to have antibodies present at the time of the test. The lab must be high quality and the physician has to keep in mind all the symptoms that can be triggered by the food (as does the patient, and the food must be eliminated for a long period of time for healing to take place).

Gliadin antibodies are made when your system encounters GLUTEN. I won’t get into the technical stuff, but there are three different gliadin antibodies of interest to Dr. Wangen, IgA, IgG and IgE. There are labs that can run these tests, along with the ELISA profile (stands for Enzyme Immunoassay). Unfortunately, this test is expensive, insurance companies tend to NOT pay for it because it involves 96 different tests. I do know this because I’ve asked. The doctors around here either don’t know about it, or they don’t ever deal with it 😦

I think there needs to be a scholarship for people with gluten/wheat intolerance to go to Seattle and be treated by Dr. Wangen. I bet he could just about wipe out digestive disorders and all the other nasty stuff that goes along with it. Wouldn’t that be wonderful πŸ™‚

That’s the end of my notes. Rats, I want more and I read the book! I think he probably gets very technical about the tests and also about testing for bacteria, parasites and yeast with a stool sample test. My doctor here won’t do that test unless you have diarrhea. Rats, double Rats!

I hope this book review helped you. Have a great day, go and make some GF Rice Krispie treats from the YELLOW box, not the blue and put a smile on your face.

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