By Sarena-Rae Santos, Natural Health Blogger
Antibiotics are widely used to treat infections and diseases caused by bacteria. While killing harmful bacteria, antibiotics also kill good bacterial strains that we need. Even a single antibiotic dose can lead to detrimental shifts in the composition and diversity of the gut flora (1).
Antibiotics can also lead to long-term changes in the gut flora. After completing an antibiotic dose, most bacteria return after 1–4 weeks, but their numbers usually don’t return to the prior levels (2). Another study discovered that a single dose of antibiotics diminished the diversity of Bacteroides, one of the most dominant bacterial strains, and boosted the number of resistant strains. These consequences remained for up to two years (3)!
As per the CDC, doctors prescribe about 47 million antibiotic courses each year for infections that don’t need antibiotics (4). The unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics has resulted in about 1 in 3 people suffering from yeast-related symptoms or conditions like yeast and candida overgrowth (5).
So what can we do when we need an antibiotic but aren’t comfortable with taking a prescription?
That’s where oil of oregano comes in.
Oil of oregano is made by infusing extra virgin olive oil with dried oregano leaves, creating a robust and ingestible “natural antibiotic” widely used in the natural community.
Health Benefits of Oregano
Suppose you read When & Why to Choose Oil of Oregano Vs. Oregano Essential Oil, you’d know oregano’s medicinal properties stem from compounds like phenols, terpenes, and terpenoids, with powerful antioxidant properties (6):
- Carvacrol is the most abundant phenol in oregano and has been shown to stop the growth of several bacteria types (7).
- Thymol is a natural antifungal that supports the immune system and protects against toxins (8).
- Rosmarinic acid is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against free radical damage (9).
Additional benefits of oregano include:
- Rich in antioxidants (10)
- Antibacterial properties (11)
- Antimicrobial properties (12)
- Antiviral properties (13)
- Anti-inflammatory properties (14)
- May prevent and kill certain cancers (15)
Learn more about the benefits of oregano with our oregano herbal profile here.
Double-Infused Oil of Oregano
Double-Infused Oil of Oregano is a lengthier process than most oil of oregano recipes. This recipe is designed to be stronger than the average oil of oregano, allowing for a smaller yet more robust dosage.
Please note: I could not find any herbal profiles from herbalists, but I did find a mainstream source expressing known interactions between oregano and antidiabetic, anticoagulant, and antiplatelet drugs (16).
- 2 cups dried oregano
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 16 oz. mason jar
Step 1: Add 1 cup of dried oregano into a mason jar, followed by extra virgin olive oil, and close the lid. Save the second cup of dried oregano for the second infusion.
Step 2: Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
Step 3: Place the mason jar in the water, bring it to a boil, and leave for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Remove the jar, shake it, and keep it in a cool, dark cabinet for 2 weeks. Shake the jar at least once a day.
Step 5: Strain the mixture into another mason jar to prepare for the second infusion.
Step 6: Add the second cup of dried oregano and close the lid.
Step 7: Again, fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
Step 8: Place the mason jar in the water, boil it, and leave for 10 minutes.
Step 9: Remove the jar, shake it, and keep it in a cool, dark cabinet for 2 weeks. Shake the jar at least once a day.
Step 10: Strain the mixture into another airtight container. It will yield roughly 4 oz. (I used an old 8 oz. Earthley tincture bottle).
Usage & Storage: 10-20 drops (1/8-1/4 tsp) as needed. When stored in a cool, dark place, such as a cabinet, it will last between 6-12 months.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and nothing in this post is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. If you have questions, please do your own research or seek advice from a health professional.