Oregano is considered a natural antibiotic, indicated (even by science) to treat various types of diseases.
Normally, when we have a health problem, we go to the doctor, we go to an appointment and most of the time we leave the office with a prescription in hand.
Depending on the case, the prescription indicates the purchase of painkillers and antibiotics. However, as is well known, the indiscriminate use of antibiotics is causing an unforeseen consequence so far: bacteria are adapting and mutating due to their self-defense mechanism. As a result, there is so-called "antibiotic resistance," which is when common antibiotics no longer work to fight infection.
Fortunately for us, wise nature is endowed with herbs, roots and spices that never stopped working ... They were only forgotten over time, with the appearance of the "facilities" of modern life. This is the case of oregano.
The word oregano in Greek means "joy of the mountains" and, in addition to being a very special herb, it is considered a perfect remedy because it can correct what is wrong in our body.
Oregano is rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, which is why it is indicated as an antiviral, analgesic, antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antitumor and antibacterial.
Oregano essential oil also contains boron, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc, as well as vitamins A, C, and niacin, making it a powerful natural antibiotic.
Oregano: The Best Natural Antibiotic
According to researchers at the University of Babylon, carvacrol, a substance also present in oregano, is capable of destroying even laboratory bacteria resistant to common antibiotics. The study revealed that S. aureus, S. epidermidis, S. pneumonia, E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Enterobacter, and Serratia strains, which are known to be impermeable to chemicals, were significantly inhibited by carvacrol.
Additionally, another study conducted by Georgetown University revealed that:
“The ability of various spice oils to kill infectious organisms has been recognized since ancient times. Natural oils can become valuable adjuvants or even substitutes for many anti-germicides in a variety of conditions.
This is the reason why essential oils, not only from oregano, but also from other spices, have been used for a long time, even when such an amount of artificial antibiotics did not yet exist.
So let's take a closer look at what Nature has to offer, as often the solution to simple health problems can be right in front of us… Or even in our backyard!
By Eliane A Oliveira, article in Portuguese