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Oil of Oregano-What is it? Essential Oils Part 2

The essential oils that I have in my home smell really good.   When I get a massage and the therapist applies essential oils, I always feel relaxed.  The literature accompanying any essential oil makes many claims.  ….but are there really scientific studies out there that prove it.  Take a journey with me as we find out.

When I started this journey I really had no idea the amount of research and scientific studies that were done on the effectiveness of essential oils. I would really encourage everyone to do their own research but I want to give you some of the tidbits I’ve discovered.  I just happened to mention to a client of mine that I really want to see a petri dish full of bacteria and see what effect the essential oil has on it.   Well guess what?  I found these studies, right on the internet. Who would have thought?

For the next few blog postings, I’m going to focus on the anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties of some of the best oils.  After all, I started this research in order to make the best All-Purpose Disinfectant spray for our house.

What in the World is “Oil of Oregano?”

As I began my research, I almost immediately came across a certain oil that was in multiple studies.  That oil is Oregano Essential oil.  Oil of oregano is not to be confused with common oregano that we use in our kitchens, which is usually marjoram (Origanum majorana or O. vulgare) but it is the  true oregano (Origanum vulgare).

What is in Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano contains the active ingredient carvacrol which may be an effective treatment against some drug resistant bacteria.   A study in Science Daily 10/11/2001, stated that Oil of Oregano,  at pretty low doses, was found to be effective against Staphylococcus bacteria and was comparable in its germ-killing properties to antibiotic drugs such as streptomycin, penicillin and vancomycin.

Vancomycin is one of the more potent antibiotics.  But the important thing about this is that, in the book, entitled Beyond Antibiotics: Healthier Options for Families, it states, “one of the advantages essential oils have over antibiotics is that bacteria do not develop resistance to essential oils. “  I think this is a super important fact considering all the drug resistant bacteria strains out there.

How does Oil of Oregano compare

Oil of Oregano was tested against 52 other plant oils and found to be the lead pharmacologic agent against Candida albicans (yeast), E. coli, Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [Journal Applied Microbiology, volume 86, June 1999]  Pseudomonas is a type of germ that is getting more difficult to treat as it has developed strains that are resistant against antibiotic drugs.

More Health Claims of Oregano Oil

  • Inflammation resistant
  • Can help relieve congestion
  • Emmenagogue — Oregano oil can aid irregular menstruation and reducing the negative effects of menopause.
  • Anti-allergen — Oregano oils produce a sedating effect on the hyper-sensitivity of allergies.
  • Potent anti-oxidant capacity — Through neutralizing free-radicals, oregano oil helps us slow the process of cellular deterioration, thus slowing the process of aging.
  • Rosmarinic acid, a component of oil of oregano, is an antihistamine, and a more powerful antioxidant than vitamin E.
  • Digestive aid — Stimulates the flow of bile in the digestive organs
  • With regular use, oregano oil can help protect us against fungal infections.

Important Notes

Oregano Oil is not generally considered safe during pregnancy, though culinary use of oregano leaf is considered fine. Due to its highly potent nature, it should always be diluted for use on the skin or when taking internally. I am not a doctor or medical professional, and you should always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or beginning any health routine.

How does Oregano match up to popular Essential Oil Blends and how to do you make your own All Purpose Spray?  I’ll focus on that in my next posting.

Aspire- What is it?


The goal that I Aspire to and I hope for my clients that : what you can achieve and do with your body will begin to outweigh what it should look like. Strength, flexibility, core strength, the ability to do your job with no pain, to play with your children, grandchildren, feel good on vacations, clean healthy eating (not only because you want to lose weight but because it is healthy and good for your body) and finally overcoming any fear or obstacles that stand in your way of your goals (whatever they may be).

Paleo- Ain’t Nothin’ but a “Another” Thang?

That’s what I used to think about Paleo..that it was just another “thing” , another “diet” another “fad”.  I’m a Registered Dietitian and my conventional and traditional education taught me that no food was “bad” unless there was some disease state associated with it-  Liver Disease, Kidney Disease, but even Heart Disease never really had a “bad” food….” Every thing in moderation”.   I never really tried the Paleo Diet for more than a few weeks at a time.  Mostly because I was trying to lose weight  and I just felt that it was another option. since being diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis I have found it nearly impossible to regulate my metabolism and lose the 20 pounds that I gained a few years ago before I was first diagnosed. Again,  in my undergraduate and graduate studies I was trained a certain way, but also trained to have research backing everything up.  So here I go…

So , on my journey for “wellness” from the  inside out”  this will be one in a series of posts exploring research studies on different meal plans and autoimmune disorders.

 What Are Auto-Immune disorders

An autoimmune disorder is a condition that occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. Autoimmune diseases are characterized by the body’s immune responses being directed against its own tissues, causing prolonged inflammation and subsequent tissue destruction. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune disorders.


  •  Addison’s disease
  • Celiac disease – sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy)
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Graves disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Type I diabetes

What is Paleo?-

There are many eating plans that are very similar to Paleo,   but I’m tackling that one first.

Paleo is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans. Based on the premise that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, which marked the end of the Paleolithic era, around 15,000 years ago, and that modern humans are adapted to the diet of the Paleolithic period. (Wikepedia)

What does The Meal Plan include:

  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

What does it exclude:


  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes (including peanuts)
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Salt
  • Refined vegetable oils


Hashimotos Thyroiditis:

There are quite a few studies out there in support of the Paleo Lifestyle for those with Thyroiditis.  For those that do not know what it is, it is an autoimmune disorder caused by the body mounting an attack on the thyroid gland in an attempt to destroy it, the thyroid is a major part of the endocrine system. It is a gland that makes and stores hormones that help regulate the heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted into energy. Thyroid hormones are essential for the function of every cell in the body. They help regulate growth and the rate of chemical reactions (metabolism) in the body.

Needless to say “hypothyroidism”is just one in a host of other symptoms that can take place.

There are thousands of testimonials but I need proof along with it.


As I was researching this week this is what  I came across :

1) Chris Kessler(licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine)  explains the connection- It’s a case of mistaken identity. The molecular structure of gliadin, the protein portion of gluten, closely resembles that of the thyroid gland. When gliadin breaches the protective barrier of the gut, and enters the bloodstream, the immune system tags it for destruction. These antibodies to gliadin also cause the body to attack thyroid tissue. This means if you have AITD and you eat foods containing gluten, your immune system will attack your thyroid

2)PubMed – Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 1998 Nov;10(11):927-31– “The association of celiac disease with autoimmune thyroid disease is not surprising as they share common immunopathogenetic mechanisms. It is advisable to screen autoimmune thyroid disease patients for coeliac disease as there is an increased risk for gluten intolerance.”

3) J Clin Gastroenterol.- 2010 Jan 15. Przegl Lek. 2009;66(7):370-2.  “A total of 111 patients (40%)  diagnosed with additional autoimmune diseases…autoimmune thyroiditis was the most common concurrent disease (28 patients, 10%). Other concurrent autoimmune diseases comprised vitiligo (5 patients), rheumatoid arthritis (5 patients), Sjogren syndrome (4 patients), ulcerative colitis (4 patients), conjunctivitis (4 patients), celiac disease (3 patients), systemic lupus erythematodes (2 patients), type I diabetes (2 patients), multiple sclerosis (2 patients), polymyalgia rheumatica (2 patients), and urticaria (2 patients). One patient each was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, autoimmune gastritis, collagenous colitis, hypophysitis, and sarcoidosis.”


To be honest there are too many studies to cite.  I just picked a couple that I thought summed up their conclusion well.

Here is my challenge-  I don’t feel sick when I eat Gluten…my stomach doesn’t hurt etc.  However, there are  too many research articles to ignore…I will be going completely Gluten Free and charting my journey.

I look forward to updating you on my progress.


I am not a doctor, please consult your physician when attempting any new eating plan.