The Problem: Germs
Lisa’s Solution: Oil of Oregano
You may know it as an herb from pasta sauce or pizza, but oil of oregano is made from the leaves and flowers of the wild plant in the Mediterranean – and it kills germs in three important places, giving it an immunity-bolstering punch. Use it only as needed for no more than 2 weeks, and it is not recommended for use if you are pregnant.
Here’s how to take advantage of oil of oregano’s germ-killing benefits:
1. Gut: Bad bacteria is strong and hard for your immune cells to penetrate. But carvacrol, one of the active ingredients in oil of oregano, helps break down the bad bacteria's defenses. And unlike a prescription antibiotic, oil of oregano will fight a yeast infection instead of causing one. Try the oil in enteric-coated capsules. Be sure to look for 50% of carvacrol on the label.
2. Mouth: Your mouth is often the entry point for colds or the flu, and oil of oregano can work as an antiseptic because it contains thymol, the same active ingredient in many brands of mouthwash. You can try using oil of oregano as a mouthwash, but look out – it’s strong! Instead, try 2 drops of the oil on your toothbrush with or without toothpaste.
3. Skin: New research reveals bad bacteria on the skin may cause rosacea. And we already know that it contributes to acne. The oil’s bacteria-busting power can help eliminate bacteria. Add a little sesame oil to the oregano oil to dilute it. Then soak a cotton ball in it and dab on the affected area nightly. Apply it before bed so your body has all night to absorb it.