A Natural, More Potent Antibiotic

If you could pick one item for your natural medicine cabinet that could ward off cold and flu viruses, eliminate warts, cold sores, athlete’s foot, dandruff, respiratory tract and sinus infections, what would you choose? If oregano oil doesn’t come to mind, it’s time you gave this overlooked and potent remedy its rightful place in your natural first aid kit. The Research is in: In a study reported by Science Daily Magazine, oil of oregano at relatively low doses was found to be effective against staphylococcus bacteria and was comparable to antibiotics like penicillin in its germ-killing properties.

Researcher Paul Belaiche reported his exhaustive studies of aromatherapy oils in his three-volume work, entitled, Traite de Phytotherapie et d’Aromatherapie (Treatise on Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy). He used a testing method that allowed him to examine the effectiveness of essential oils against specific bacteria, called an aromatogram. His findings on the effectiveness of oregano oil against many common and insidious bacteria were impressive. He found that oregano oil killed 96 percent of all pneumococcus bacteria, 92 percent of all neisseria, proteus, and staphylococcus bacteria. Some strains of neisseria are responsible for diseases like gonorrhea or meningitis. Proteus is a type of intestinal infection, and staphylococcus is the culprit in some types of food poisoning.

He also found that oregano oil eliminated 83 percent of streptococcus and 78 percent of enterococcus. Various strains of streptococcus have been linked with strep throat, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, or toxic shock syndrome. Some strains of enterococcus are linked with cystitis, wound infections, and anorexia.

What’s more is that oregano oil also killed 78 percent of candida bacteria, commonly linked with intestinal or systemic candida infections and 78 percent of klebsiella bacteria, which is linked to lung infections.

In a study by the National Institute of Pediatrics in Mexico, scientists found that oregano was effective at killing giardia, a parasite that causes abdominal distress.

The Journal Food Protection cites a study by researchers at the Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee also report impressive findings regarding oregano oil’s potency against bacteria. Scientists found that oregano oil exhibited the most significant antibacterial action against common germs like staphylococcus, E. coli, and listeria.

Researchers in the United Kingdom found that not only was oil of oregano effective against these common bacteria, it has antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria.

Mother Nature has provided us with a powerful antibiotic in oregano oil. Unlike synthetic antibiotics that are powerless against viruses and funguses, oregano oil is effective against these pathogens too. With its wide variety of uses and potency against so many different types of infections, it is a welcome addition to any first aid kit or natural medicine chest.

Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook. Provided for educational purposes. Always consult your physician before starting any herbal product or discontinuing any medication.


Son Y.
Son Y.7 hours ago

Essential oils are the equivalent of a LOT of plants, so please use them carefully.

We use it fresh, but in a pinch, I once used about a teaspoon of the dried stuff from our spice cabinet in a mug of hot water (there was construction going on next door, and I realized our oregano was contaminated when I smelt/tasted paint, so I got new plants from a friend when the construction was over).

We use maybe one or two leaves... but YMMV! My sister was dismayed to find when she moved to the US that the leaves of the oregano there are TINY. (One leaf here is usually larger than a tablespoon.)

Son Y.
Son Y.7 hours ago

Oregano steam (and tea) is awesome for coughs.

Karin Geens
Karin Geens2 days ago

Interesting, many thanks

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers3 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn11 months ago

Many thanks to you !

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo1 years ago

I use a lot of oregano in my cooking but I will get some oil now and pray the bottle has instructions and dosages to use etc..

Laurie Mazzeo
Laurie Mazzeo1 years ago

I use a lot of oregano in my cooking but I will get some oil now and pray the bottle has instructions and dosages to use etc..

Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper1 years ago


Ana MESNER1 years ago

Thank you.

Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein2 years ago

OK now I need instruction on its potency and dose!