D., professor of botanical medicine at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA.
Species of oregano also yield high levels of thymol, a thyme-scented phenol known for its antioxidant, antifungal and antiseptic properties.
Oregano essential oil is used frequently among holistic health practitioners.
Alisha Olivier Park, founder of Tranquility Wellness Center in Encinitas, CA, uses oregano essential oil for several healing techniques.
One of these is the Raindrop Technique — a healing methodology created by Gary Young, the founder of Young Living Essential Oils.
In the Raindrop Technique, the practitioner drips essential oils along a patient’s spinal column, Park said.
The most abundant volatile compound found in different species of oregano is carvacrol — a fragrant phenol that gives oregano its signature smell and many of its medicinal properties, according to .
“Carvacrol is probably the strongest anti-viral component because it helps to inhibit viral replication,” said Jenn Dazey, N.
Then make sure you use something different, like thyme oil, for a week, and then something different like lavender oil for a week.“We’ve already made resistant bacteria to those more natural and safer alternatives to antibiotics,” Dazey said.“So my strategy when it comes to oregano oil is use it as one part of a strategy.According to a 2011 study published in the , oregano essential oil distilled from a Moroccan species of oregano demonstrated antimalarial activity in addition to being a powerful antioxidant.The researchers also found oregano essential oil may act against human breast cancer cells.