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Originally published October 27 2009

Oregano oil eliminates parasites in humans

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) It's not widely known, but oregano extracts are extremely effective at eliminating parasites in humans. And a lot of people have parasites they simply don't know about.

So here, we've collected a number of supporting statements about the anti-parasitic properties of oregano. You'll learn a wealth of information by reading what follows. But before we present the list, let me recommend three sources for oregano oil that you might want to check out after reading this:

Global Healing Center:

North American Herb & Spice:


Just search for "oregano" on any of these three websites and you'll find what you're looking for. I strongly recommend all three of these companies, and I personally know their owners. (I have no financial relationship whatsoever with any of these companies and don't earn anything from the sales of oregano products.)

Oregano vs. parasites

Also called wild marjoram and Mexican wild sage, oregano has a peppery flavor with a hint of sage and thyme. Chinese doctors have used oregano for centuries to treat fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and skin problems. It helps to loosen and remove mucus. It is a digestive aid and is thought to help get rid of intestinal parasites. Oregano is known to have powerful antioxidant and anticancer activity. In a study at Georgetown University, essential oil of oregano inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria in the test tube as effectively as antibiotics did.
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Some herbs and their extracts, too, may be helpful, such as oil of oregano, garlic, citrus seed extract, berberine, plant tannins, undecylenate, and caprylic acid. Intestinal parasites are not uncommon and also should be identified and treated. A stool sample sent to an experienced lab can identify most intestinal parasites. Treatment often requires medications such as Flagyl, Humatin, or Yodoxin, although some herbals, such as artemisia, oil of oregano, and berberine, may also be helpful.
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The essential oil of Oregano has been demonstrated to be a potent antioxidant. The non-polar fraction of the residue obtained after the essential oil is removed from Oregano also exhibited antioxidant activity. Tocopherols, especially gamma tocopherol, have been identified as the major antioxidative components of the non-polar fraction, accounting for as much as 1% of the constituents of the non-polar fraction. Oil of Oregano inhibited enteric parasites in adults.
- PDR for Herbal Medicines, Fourth Edition by Thomson Healthcare, Inc.

In one study, 77 percent of patients treated for enteric parasites were parasite free after taking oil of oregano in tablet form for six weeks. At this writing, it has inhibited the growth of at least ten different microbes, including Candida albicans (yeast). To top it off, oregano - like its relative rosemary - contains the powerful compound rosmarinic acid, which has been found to have anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties.
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Medicinal oregano grows wild in mountainous areas of Greece and Turkey and is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron, and manganese, which adds to its therapeutic value. Oregano oil has become popular in recent years as an alternative to prescription antibiotics. Grapefruit seed extract is derived from the bioflavonoids found in the seed and pulp. Its anti-germicide action has shown a growth-inhibiting effect on bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses in several in vitro studies.
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In another test tube study, volatile oils of oregano, thyme, cinnamon, and cumin were individually able to stop the growth of another food-borne pathogen called Aspergillus parasiticus. Higher concentrations of these volatile oils were also able to stop the production of aflatoxin, a potent poison from the food mold Aspergillus. Together these facts suggest the volatile oils in oregano used during food processing have an important role in preventing the spoilage of food and in reducing the risk of ingesting harmful bacteria, fungi, and parasites.
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Nearly all our common kitchen herbs and spices have a beneficial effect, including basil, oregano, marjoram, parsley, thyme, celery seed, peppermint, spearmint, bayberries, caraway seed, cardamom seed, catnip, cloves, coriander, lemon balm and sarsaparilla. You can find many digestive herbal tea blends in health food stores. Some symptoms of parasites appear to be like any other digestive problem. Chronic diarrhea is often a sign of a parasitic infection.
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Antifungal and antibacterial herbs include garlic, German chamomile, aloe vera, ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, licorice, oil of oregano, and tea tree oil. Hydrogen peroxide therapy works as a defense system, directly destroying invading bacteria, viruses, yeast, and parasites. Ayurvedic medicine and acupuncture may also be helpful for ridding the body of Candida.
- Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Larry Trivieri, Jr.

Of the spices tested, garlic, onion, allspice and oregano effectively killed all the bacteria they were stacked up against, including salmonella and staphylococcus, while other spices killed between 50% and 75% of the harmful bacteria. The plants themselves use these chemicals to protect against parasites, which explains how they protect us.
- Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Larry Trivieri, Jr.

Oil of Oregano from Nature's Answer is full of vitamins and minerals and contains thymol and carvacrol, compounds that discourage the growth of microorganisms, viruses, and parasites. Picrorrhiza, an Indian herb used in Ayurvedic medicine, is a powerful immunostimulant that boosts all aspects of immune function. St. John's wort is a natural blood purifier and fights viruses such as HIV and Epstein-Barr virus. Take an inventory of the factors that may be compromising your immune system and take steps to correct them.
- Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

Olive leaf extract, oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract help to maintain proper intestinal health, fights bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Follow the directions on the individual labels.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO MINIMIZE PARASITES: Get in the habit of using garlic, oregano, and coconut, which are naturally anti-parasitic and anti-microbial. Eat onions, figs, and pumpkin seeds to create an uninhabitable environment for worms. Eat a diet rich in protein and vitamins. As absorption in the intestines is impaired by infestations, the body requires large amounts of nutrients found in fresh organic vegetables, almonds, and blackberries. Take a daily high quality probiotics supplement (friendly bacteria, such as those found in fermented foods).
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