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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 March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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