The Main Uses and Benefits of Oregano Oil.
There are quite a lot of different medical uses of Oregano Oil and it can be used both orally and topically. When it is used orally it is thought to be beneficial for conditions like asthma, bronchitis, heart conditions, coughs, bloating and etc. Topical application of this essential oil can work effectively for conditions like Acne, Dandruff, Rosacea, Athlete’s Foot, Warts, Psoriasis and many others.
One of the reasons why Oregano Oil is a common home remedy for many different medical conditions is because it is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. To be more specific this herb contains vitamins A, E, C, K, B6 and minerals like magnesium, iron, folate, fiber, potassium and calcium. Other components found in Oregano are phytochemicals that are also responsible for some of the health benefits of this herb. Oregano also contains rosmarinic acid which is a primary reason why this herb has such a high orac value (high in antioxidants).
All these mentioned components in Oregano Oil is what makes an effective remedy for fighting different viruses, bacteria, worms (intestinal), fungi and parasites. Even though it is true that this essential oil is used for many different conditions it is important to point out that there are insufficient studies to support effectiveness for some of them.
Does Oregano Oil work for Warts?
In case you are wondering whether Oregano Oil can work effectively for wart removal, the answer is definitely yes. In fact it is probably one of the best choices of essential oils when it comes to this skin condition. The main reason why Oregano works effectively for wart removal is because it has anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial properties. Since warts are caused by HPV (Human Pavilion Virus), Oregano oil can work effectively to inhibit this virus. So when it is applied on the skin it is able to stop warts from spreading and eliminate current warts from the skin within some time.
While there are no clinical studies that would support this oils effectiveness for wart treatment there are quite a lot of user testimonials stating that they were able to successfully remove warts using Oregano oil. So it can be said that it is definitely worthwhile to consider trying this oil for wart removal; however you should also have realistic expectations that it might not work.
How to use it for Wart Removal?
In case you want to use Oregano Oil for wart removal it might be a good idea to dilute it before applying on the skin. Some good choices for diluting Oregano oil is to use some other carrier oils like Coconut and Olive Oil. To make a mixture from these two oils you should add 1/5 of Oregano oil and 4/5 of Olive Oil. When mixture is ready you can safely apply it on a wart.
To get faster results you should apply Oregano Oil for at least three times a day or leave it overnight. To keep this oil in contact with your skin for longer time it might be a good idea to cover the area with a bandage, which will also not allow wart to get sufficient amount of oxygen. It is worthwhile to mention that in most cases results of applying this oil daily are visible within one or two weeks. In case you don’t see any changes in appearance of a wart within one week it might be a good idea to consider alternative treatments or consult with your doctor.
Are there any Side Effects?
In general Oregano Oil is considered to be safe to use both orally (not for pregnant or breastfeeding women) and topically when small amounts are being used. Despite that you should know that undiluted Oregano Oil can cause side effects for some individuals when applied on the skin. Since it is very strong oil it can burn skin when it is applied topically. As it was mentioned previously it might be a good idea to dilute Oregano oil with some carrier oil like coconut or olive oil before application. This will reduce strength of this oil and help to avoid potential side effects. There is also a possibility that a small number of people might experience allergic reaction to Oregano oil. This risk is higher for people who are allergic to Lamiaceae plants such as Lavender, Sage, Basil, Mint and etc.