Oregano is a fragrant herb that’s best known as an ingredient in Italian food.
However, it can also be concentrated into an essential oil that’s loaded with antioxidants and powerful compounds that have proven health benefits.
Interestingly, oregano oil is an effective natural antibiotic and antifungal agent, and it may help you lose weight and lower your cholesterol levels.
Natural antibiotic & antifungal
May help lower cholesterol - Studies have shown that oregano may help lower cholesterol in people and mice with high cholesterol. This is thought to be the result of the compounds carvacrol and thymol.
Could help treat yeast infections - Test-tube studies have shown that oregano essential oil is effective against Candida, the most common form of yeast
May improve gut health - Oregano oil may benefit gut health by killing gut parasites and protecting against leaky gut syndrome.
May have anti-inflammatory properties - Oregano oil and its components may help reduce inflammation in mice, though human studies are needed.
Could help relieve pain - Oregano oil may significantly reduce pain in mice and rats, exerting pain-relieving effects similar to those of some commonly used medications.
May have cancer-fighting properties - Preliminary studies have shown that carvacrol — the most abundant compound in oregano oil — inhibits cancer cell growth and causes cell death in lung, liver, and breast cancer cells.
May help you lose weight - Oregano oil may be beneficial for weight loss through the action of carvacrol, though human studies are needed.
Note: This does not constitute medical advice, always consult your GP if you are concerned about your health.