It’s that time of the year that our bodies need a little extra TLC. There are a number of measures we can be taking to ensure our immune system remains robust throughout the season, but there’s one little herb that has gone unnoticed until now. Thanks to The Chalkboard Mag the little super-herb, Oregano is in the spotlight! 

Surprisingly, this oil isn’t a part of most folks’ health regimens yet, but we’re breaking down how and why you should definitely be adding this super-herb to your routine. Oregano oil has been used to fight infections, ward off bacteria, viruses, and overall, is a potent immunity booster. It’s list of potential uses and remedies are endless, but we’ve listed nine below to get you started.

TRY IT: We recommended seeing a qualified aromatherapist to assist with adding essential oils in your daily routine. Not to be confused with your typical garden variety of pizza-ready herbs, oil of oregano is extracted from the flowers and leaves of the Origanum vulgare and Thymus capitatus species. Unfortunately, many brands sold in grocery stores are not made from this variety and many have little to no therapeutic value. Be sure you source from a reputable brand such as Wild Oil of Oregano, one of our favorites.
    Oil of oregano contains high levels of antioxidants, helping to prevent and reduce cellular damage, as well as reduce overall inflammation, and even inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

    Oregano is a potent antihistamine that has been shown to reduce the symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies, sensitivities, as well as asthma.

    Oil of oregano can be used externally to relieve pain and muscle soreness, and has been used to relieve muscle and joint pain related to rheumatoid arthritis. The warming properties of the oil are likely to contribute to these soothing effects. Be sure to mix the oil with a base oil before applying to the skin, as the oil itself can cause skin irritation.

    Oregano oil can help to stimulate the production of bile and digestive juices, helping to enhance and improve overall digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

    Carvacrol, one of the potent compounds found in oil of oregano, is particularly effective against bacterial infections, and more responsive than other herbs such as goldenseal or echinacea in boosting the body’s immunity. It is also a powerful remedy for candida and yeast infections, especially those that are resistant to anti-fungal drugs such as Diflucan. Not only can it prevent food-borne illnesses caused by pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli, but may actually help to relieve food poisoning symptoms as well. Thymol, a natural fungicide with antiseptic and antiviral properties helps boost the immune system, fight and prevent colds and flu, and promote recovery.

Want to learn more about this powerful little herb? Keep reading the full list over at The Chalkboard Mag.

FINAL TIP: Oil of oregano is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women due to the increased blood circulation effect it can have within the uterus. Be sure to check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your health and using oregano oil.