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Is Oregano Oil the New Argan Oil? And What Makes It So Special?

Is Oregano Oil the New Argan Oil? And What Makes It So Special?

From muscle aches, skin problems and upset stomachs to sore throats, headaches, athlete’s foot, and so much more, oregano oil can help.

I know what you’re thinking: “How can some spice in my grandmother’s kitchen help me?” Well, for starters, it’s not the same oregano you put on your food. This type of oregano (Origanum Vulgare), has been found to soothe multiple health issues and ailments. The one in your grandmother’s kitchen (Origanum Marjoram) is probably great in your food, but don’t go rubbing that one on your skin!

But seriously, if you are looking for alternative ways to address some of your health issues and discomforts, read on.

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Oregano oil helps with all of that?!

    You’ve probably heard a bit about the power of oils and aromatherapy. For instance, lavender is great for sleeping and peppermint oil is known to help ease headaches. But what about oregano oil? Oregano oil, which is similar to tea tree oil, also has many healing benefits and is known to treat or help prevent an assortment of health issues. According to WebMD, it can help with: [1]

    • Coughs
    • Asthma
    • Bronchitis
    • Heartburn
    • Menstrual cramps
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Urinary tract disorders
    • Headaches
    • Heart conditions

    This is just a small sampling of what oregano oil can do. It’s also known for its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, among other benefits.

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    Side effects of using Oregano Oil

    As with anything you put in your body, it’s always good to consult your doctor before trying a new supplement as well as to get a general overview of your health. That’s because people can have various reactions. For instance, oregano oil has not been tested with pregnant women, so pregnant women should avoid. [2]

    Also, if you use it in high doses, it could cause skin irritation. And if you know you’ve already had negative reactions with other oils such as mint, sage, basil, marjoram or lavender, you may want to steer clear of oregano oil. [3]

    You Can Use Oregano Oil In Many Ways

    Oregano oil can be taken in a few ways. Some people ingest it by mouth either by taking the oil or the pill form. You can also simply rub it on the skin. For example, for issues such as fatigue, ear infections, sinus pain, allergies and more, you can take it by mouth. Some people with ear aches or sore throat simply mix a few drops in a glass of water to alleviate their pain. [4] In addition, you can apply it to the skin for things like bug bites, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, ringworm and muscle pain. [5]

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    You Can Either buy it or make your own

    You can buy oregano oil at most big-name store chains as well as health food stores. However, you can also make it yourself, but it can take a while. Want to try? [6]

    You will need chopped oregano leaves, grape seed, almond or olive oil (just choose one), and 2 clean, sanitized jars with lids. Boil water in a saucepan, then turn off the heat after it has reached the boiling point. Put your oil and oregano leaves in the jar. Place the jar in the boiled water and leave it in there a few minutes, about 5 to 10.

    Take the jar out and make sure you place it in an area where there will be plenty of sunlight. Leave it for about two weeks, but be sure to shake the jar every couple of days. After you let it sit for a couple of weeks, strain oil from the leaves and put into another clean, sanitized jar. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, just store in a cool, dry place.

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    While oregano oil may not have been an oil you have been extremely familiar with, there’s no denying it has healing benefits that you are sure to find useful.

    Featured photo credit: Pex via static.pexels.com

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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