Oil of Oregano for dogs
I have often read about aromatherapy and essential oils but not in conjunction with dogs, that is until I came across this article on the ‘whole dog news’ website.
So does oil of oregano hold the answer for a number of your dog’s health questions and possibly yours as well?
Read the article below to find out.
“Oregano oil (Organum vulgare) is derived from the same herb used for cooking. You’ve probably tasted it in pasta sauce recipes. Not only is it a tasty spice but is also used to treat a variety of health conditions, ranging from allergies to yeast infections, viruses and many conditions in between. This essential oil is known for its antiseptic, anti fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It has so many health benefits, many refer to it as one of Mother Nature’s most powerful healthy oils.
In the old world, (Greece and Crete)oil of Oregano was prized for its ability to slow down food spoilage through
its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-oxidant activity. The related herbs thyme and marjoram sold in most North American supermarkets, are often mis-labeled as oregano and possess very little of wild oregano’s miraculous healing properties.
Oregano contains an important ingredient know as Carvacrol which is like a natural phenol, a product used for the sterilization of surgical tools. In fact, it believed to be more effective than carbolic acid, a sterilization product used in hospitals. The isomeric phenols (primarily carvacrol) in oregano oil in dilutions as low as 1/50,000 destroys Candida albicans, the Aspergillus mold, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter, Klebsiella, E.coli, Giardia, Pseudomonas, and Proteus. Another phenol constituent, thymol, boosts the immune system. These compounds also act as free radical scavengers
(shield against toxins) thus preventing further tissue damage while encouraging healing. It also contains Flavonoids, and Terpenes which all work synergesticly with the thymol and carvacrol to work the wonders it works.
In the case of parasites, oil of oregano has had success neutralizing worms, amoeba, and protozoan, in fact, researchers in Mexico found that oregano oil possesses strong anti-parasitic actions, especially against Giardia!
In the book “Herbal Renaissance” , author Steven Foster credits oregano as having “been employed to treat indigestion, diarrhea,nervous tension, insect bites, toothache, earache, rheumatism, and coughs due to whooping cough and bronchitis (primarily for it’s antispasmodic effects).”
In “The Cure is in the Cupboard”, Cass Ingram, D.O., has written a book that is dedicated to unveiling the health benefits of oregano and oil of oregano. He notes that “wild oregano is a veritable natural mineral treasure-house, containing a density of minerals that would rival virtually any food”. Oregano is rich in a long list of minerals that includes calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron, and manganese. Vitamins C and A (beta carotene) and niacin also are contained in oregano.
Skin conditions can be improved with the application of oregano oil. Ingram explains the astonishing discovery that “oil of oregano outright destroys all variety of fungi and yeasts, regardless of where they reside.” Oregano is a “hot” oil and may cause a reddening of the skin or may produce a burning or stinging of the skin. It is best to dilute the oil when using it externally with a pure carrier oil such as raw coconut oil, virgin olive oil, almond oil, etc. before applying directly to your dog’s skin and avoid getting the oil near the eyes, and genitals.
Additional uses for oregano and oil of oregano are multi-dimensional. It has been found helpful in combating diarrhea, intestinal gas, and digestive problems, as well as breathing difficulties.
Oil of oregano can immediately help against bee stings and many venomous bites until medical attention can be obtained.
Oregano is an excellent antibacterial agent. Its volatile oils are highly active against the majority of pathogenic bacteria, including staph, strep, and E.coli. Georgetown University Medical Center conducted research into the benefits of using oil or oregano and here is what they found. Georgetown University Medical Center (2001, October 11). It is believed that oregano oil may protect against drug-resistant bacteria. It works as a powerful antibacterial without creating mutant strains of drug-resistant bacteria, and it has none of the debilitating side effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics.
Furthermore, fungal resistance to oregano oil is exceptionally rare. Oregano is such a potent anti-fungal agent that it is capable of destroying even resistant fungal forms such as the mutated fungi which result from antibiotic therapy.
Researchers studied the effect of Oregano on staphylococcus bacteria which is becoming antibiotic resistant. They discovered oregano at low dosages helped to inhibit growth of staphylococcus bacteria in test tubes. The growth inhibition was equal to standard antibiotics.
Another test using mice was used. Eighteen mice were infected with the staphylococcus bacteria. Six of the mice were treated with high potency oil of oregano. Thirty days later 50% of the mice had survived. Six other mice received oil of oregano mixed with Carvacrol, which is an antibacterial component to oregano. All 6 mice died after 21 days. The other 6 mice were treated with olive oil and no other additives. All 6 mice died 3 days later. The mice treated with the oil of oregano alone survived. This study has also been corroborated by other research teams elsewhere.
Carvacrol, Thymols, Flavonoids, and Terpenes are Mother Nature’s antihistamines and decongestants. Super Strength Oil of Oregano has over 70% Carvacrol by weight. That is an abundance of healing power. Please beware of cheap imitations. Young Living’s oil of Oregano is 100% pure and therapeutic/medical grade. It may safely be used internally and topically.
Other brands of oregano oil are often unsafe and adulterated.
The benefits of oregano have gone largely unnoticed and under publicized for far too long. As Ingram notes, oregano is “one of the world’s finest natural medicines, that is if it’s true oregano.” So while oregano may hold the answer for a number of your dog’s health questions (or even your own), be sure that it is in fact the real thing. Make sure the oil is medical/theraputic grade and safe to take internally.* Remember, these remedies are only attributed to pure, organically grown and properly processed, genuine oregano and oil of oregano.
Oregano is one of the most diverse health aids available. Unfortunately, however, most of the oregano that consumers are familiar with contains only trace quantities of the actual species of the plant, or in some cases, none at all, so, buyer beware. These significant health benefits are unattainable if the oregano is not the true substance.
The body of positive evidence for oregano oil as a major antibiotic is growing. Among 52 plant oils tested, oregano was considered to have “pharmacologic” action against common bugs such as Candida albicans (yeast), E. coli, Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 86, June 1999] Pseudomonas is a type of germ that is getting more difficult to treat as it has developed strains that are resistant to antibiotic drugs.
•Oil of oregano at relatively low doses was found to be efficacious against Staphylococcus bacteria and was comparable in its germ-killing properties to antibiotic drugs such as streptomycin, penicillin and vancomycin. [Science Daily 10/11/2001]
•Researchers at the Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee reported that, among various plant oils, oil of oregano exhibited the greatest antibacterial action against common pathogenic germs such as Staph, E. coli and Listeria. [Journal Food Protection, Volume 64, July 2001]
•British researchers reported oregano oil had antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria. [Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, February 2000]
•Of more recent interest are reports showing that carvacrol from oil of oregano kills spores, such as Bacillus cereus and Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). [Archives Microbiology, Volume 174, October 2000; Quarterly Review Biology, Volume 73, March 1998] Bacillus cereus is considered to be from the same species as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). [Applied Environmental Microbiology, Volume 66, June 2000] In tests of antibiotics and antiseptics, Bacillus cereus is often used in studies in lieu of the anthrax strain. [University of Michigan News & Information Service, Sept. 23, 1998]
•The growing problem of antibiotic resistance has health authorities extremely concerned. It is already the case that various germs are showing resistance to vancomycin, particularly to intestinal bacteria (Enterococcal species) among hospitalized patients. [Southern Medical Journal, Volume 94, August 2001]
•Vancomycin is considered to be the most potent antibiotic available and is withheld from use as a drug of last resort. Drug resistance does not develop against naturally-occurring antibiotics such as garlic and oil of oregano.”
Source: thewholedognews by Dr Jeanie
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