It seems that everyone is in full holiday mode. That means getting out more for parties, shopping, caroling, and germ swapping. Wait, what was that last item? Yes, holiday time offers a greater chance to share germs. But don’t worry – oregano can save the day.
The holiday season is also considered flu season. But you have only one thought when your to-do list grows and you’re busy – I Can’t Get Sick. To keep germs at bay try Oregano (Origanum vulgare) essential oil. It is a small powerhouse against bugs, effectively killing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. It is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, and an immune system stimulant as well.
Carvacrol, the main constituent of oregano oil, was studied to examine the growth inhibition of a variety of bacteria. Oregano was the subject because “natural compounds with anti-microbial properties are attractive reagents to reduce the use of conventional antibiotics… (The results confirm the) anti-microbial activity of carvacrol and support the potential of the compound for use in infection prevention strategies.”
An easy way to protect against germs is to carry around an oregano spray. The following antibacterial, antiviral, and disinfectant recipe is great for use on door knobs, shopping carts and other areas where you touch items that others have touched.
Germ Fighter Spray:
Put 4 drops each of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), sweet orange (Citrus sinensis), oregano, palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), and thyme (Thymus vulgaris) in spray bottle with 2 ounces of distilled water. Shake before misting the surrounding air. Keep away from eyes and pets.
Keep oregano around and stay well.