Oregano oil is one of my favorite essential oils for both myself and my pets. It has many uses. It can be used both internally and externally.
Oil of oregano’s claim to fame is that it’s a natural antibiotic. This is thanks to the carvacrol it contains. Carvacrol is an organic compound known as a phenol, which gives oregano it’s taste and aroma. While there are many phenols in oil of oregano, carvacrol is the most abundant. It’s also found in oregano essential oil.
Studies show carvacrol can stop the growth of many different bacteria. That includes MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), which causes staph infection. Oil of oregano may even work for antibiotic resistant bacteria like E coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. (P aeruginosa is a common cause of ear infections, which you’ll learn more about in a bit).
Another study shows that it’s just as effective as conventional antibiotics. And it doesn’t have any of the negative side effects conventional drugs have. It’s even used in chicken feed to replace antibiotics.
Carvacrol isn’t just an antibiotic, it’s also one of three major antioxidants found in oregano. The other two are thymol and rosmarinic acid. Out of 39 commonly used herbs (culinary and medicinal), oregano had the highest concentration of antioxidants. And gram for gram, it has 4x more antioxidants than blueberries and 42x more than apples.
Fights Yeast Infections
Yeast overgrowths are a major cause of ear infections in dogs and can cause skin and gut issues as well. Conventional vets will prescribe antifungal medications. The problem is that these drugs have harmful side effects and yeast can build up resistance to them.
Oil of oregano is a natural yeast fighter thanks to carvacrol and thymol, which is a natural antifungal. Studies on dogs show it could even be an effective alternative treatment to conventional meds. In one study oregano essential oil was effective against 5 different types of Candida yeast. And another showed that carvacrol may even help fight oral candida.
Improves Gut Health
Earlier you learned that oil of oregano can kill E coli and other harmful bacteria. This alone helps improve your dog’s gut health. But oil of oregano can do so much more.
Leaky gut is becoming an epidemic in dogs. It happens when the intestinal lining of your dog’s gut gets damaged and lets foreign substances leak into your dog’s bloodstream. This includes food particulates, bacteria, viruses and other microbes. Over time, these invaders can cause food allergies, inflammation and chronic disease.
Oregano essential oil can help improve leaky gut by strengthening your dog’s intestinal lining. This stops invaders from leaking into your dog’s bloodstream. Carvacrol also has anti-ulcer properties that help improve gut health.
Helps Fight Parasites
Oil of oregano can also help fight parasites. In a 6-week study, 600 mg of oil of oregano reduced parasites in human participants. 77% of participants were completely cured. It’s also effective for giardia and as a dewormer.
Oregano essential oil can also help with ringworm because of its antifungal properties. Ringworm is a fungal infection on the skin caused by mold like parasites. (The same antifungal properties can also help fight valley fever.)
Helps Prevent Cancer
The antioxidants in oregano oil help prevent free radicals that increase the risk of cancer. But Carvacrol has an even more direct effect.
In a test tube study, carvacrol helped inhibit cell growth and increased cancer cell death.
Ear And Skin Issues
You already know that oil of oregano can help kill microorganisms that are responsible for many skin and ear infections. And that’s because it’s both an antifungal and antibiotic.
In fact, one study looked at the effectiveness of oregano and thyme essential oils for ear infections. They tested the combination on 100 bacteria and fungus associated with ear infections in dogs. In vitro, the combination was so effective it even killed highly drug-resistant bacteria and fungus.
How To Use Oregano Essential Oil
We carry True Leaf which is already diluted correctly for your pet. When buying oil of oregano or oregano essential oil, look for wild crafted or wild harvested Mediterranean oregano. True Leaf is Wild harvested Mediterranean
Natural Response Topical Gel
They harness the powers of dog-friendly oregano oil, honey, Vitamin E and Rose Hip Seed oil. By utilizing the impressive holistic abilities of these ingredients, we have formulated a solution that offers both aid and comfort from a variety of issues your pet may come in contact with.
Natural Response Topical Gel is the perfect compound to keep on hand for pesky skin issues. Honey provides helpful antioxidants that can support the natural process of healing. Rose hip seed oil offers a high level of Vitamin A which is key in promoting the creation of healthy skin cells. Vitamin E aids in smoothing and moisturizing dry and rough skin.
True Leaf Healthy Skin and Coat
TRUE LEAF Healthy Skin & Coat Spray is an ideal solution for cleansing and deodorizing your pet’s skin and coat. Formulated with the synergistic powers of Mediterranean oregano oil and the smell-enhancing properties of lemongrass oil, our natural blend is a premier choice for freshening your pet’s skin and fur.
True Leaf Healthy Teeth
True Leaf Healthy Teeth Dental Gel is an ideal solution for helping to keep your dog’s teeth healthy and clean. Combined with an impressive pairing of oregano and peppermint essential oils, True Leaf’s dog dental gel utilizes the properties of chlorella. As a high-powered form of algae, chlorella contains ingredients to support healthy teeth and gums.
Oregano and peppermint essential oils help keep your dog’s teeth healthy and clean. Both have a fresh scent and taste great. When used regularly these ingredients support gum tissue health. Chlorella, a form of algae high in nutrients, promotes normal periodontal health.
True Leaf Healthy Gums
A great way to support oral health, this dental spray combines oil of oregano with peppermint oil. Mediterranean oregano oil is a powerful essential oil that supports gum tissue health. Peppermint is a refreshing, aromatic herb that helps keep your dog’s teeth healthy and clean.
True Leaf Cleansing Ear Drops
These ear drops help to cleanse the ear and support optimal ear health with the soothing power of oil of oregano and olive oil. Olive oil is a traditional remedy for removing ear wax.
True Leaf Immune Support
Oregano oil for dogs has been successful in helping a variety of canine issues caused by unfriendly bacteria. Pet-friendly oregano oil is also capable of assisting the immune system’s natural function.
Immune Support Oral Drops
Consist of pure Mediterranean oil of oregano- which has been proven to contain natural cleansing compounds that help promote the natural health and resilience for the skin, body, and mouth. When taken orally, oil of oregano can enhance the immune response and help maintain a normal inflammatory response.
Avoid oil of oregano and oregano essential oil for dogs who get seizures. Contact your holistic vet if you have any concerns about giving your dog oil of oregano.
Oil of oregano and oregano essential oil can both be powerful natural remedies for your dog. And when used correctly, you can benefit from a natural antibiotic and antifungal alternative that’s free of harmful side effects. You should never use oregano essential oil on your pet unless it is diluted first. True Leaf has been diluted accordingly.
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