We all hate the dreaded cold and flu season that usually comes as the seasons change. Many of us will do whatever it takes to prevent catching a cold since we all live in such a fast paced world, and who has time to be sick! If you want to remain free of the common cold this season then I suggest stocking your cabinet with some essential herbs incase symptoms start to appear!
My favourite herb that I use to protect myself from catching a cold is oil of oregano. This powerful herb has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, first beginning in Greece and refered to as “joy of the mountains.” Oil of oregano encourages the body to produce more white blood cells which destroys harmful bacteria and viruses. It has also been known to protect against free radical damage with powerful antioxidant capabilities, as well as maintaining external tissues and membranes as a physical barrier to infection. Oil of oregano is also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, and anti-inflammatory. More research also shows that this herb helps to lower bad cholesterol and has anti-cancer properties.
Oil of oregano is also suitable for a wide variety of people; unlike echinacea since this herb should never be used by anyone with an autoimmune condition because it can cause the immune system to go into overdrive and attack its self. For this reason oil of oregano can be a much safer herb to take, as well as much more effective since echinacea is only useful during the first two days of developing symptoms. Beyond this short window echinacea has been shown to be ineffective, whereas oil of oregano can continue help to support the immunity and protect the body against developing a cold.
When using oil of oregano it is important to start treatment as soon as symptoms start to develop and to continue use a few days after symptoms start to subside. You can also take oil of oregano to help protect yourself from catching a cold, even if symptoms are not present. Take five drops under the tongue three times a day, and be warned that this herb can be quite spicy flavoured until you get used to it. Oil of oregano can also be used for pets and children at roughly a little less than half of the recommended dose of an adult. Refer to the directions on the side of the bottle or inquire with your pharmacist or veterinarian if you have any concerns.