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« on: 11/09/2006 03:24:36 »
My mom was a smoker the majority of her life.  She is 58, and I believe started smoking around the age of 15.  She was in terrible shape.  She couldn't walk across the room without having to use her nebulizer.  She had asthma most of her life, emphysema, COPD and a host of other breathing problems.  She carried her Albuterol inhaler with her everywhere she went.  In May of this year, she had to go on oxygen.  I guess that was the straw that broke the camels back.  She finally was able to give up cigarettes sometime around the end of May and the beginning of June.  

She heard about oregano oil and started using it in her nebulizer.  The change is unbelievable.  She can breath. She no longer needs the nebulizer, albuterol or oxygen.  A short time ago, she was sick and ended up in the hospital for over 2 weeks with an abcessed liver.    She went in to see the surgeon this week and he said "you're not a smoker are you?"  She said no, she quit in June.  He was flabbergasted that she had only quit a such a short time ago.  He said she had the clearest sounding lungs that he had heard in a very long time.  He of course wanted to know what she had been using.  When she told him, he said he had several patients he was going to recommend it to.  

I had a runny nose while I was visiting her this weekend.  She recommended getting a bottle of cheap nose spray and putting in about 8 drops of the oregano oil.  I did it right before bed.  It dried my nose up and I felt fine the next morning.  My son has exercise induced asthma and we are going to try it out on him as well.  

She did say that if you're going to mix it in with your nebulizer, or nose spray, be sure to get the kind that is water soluable.  The brand she uses is H2Orega Oil, from the North American Herb & Spice Company.  Their website is www.oreganol.com

I must tell you, I'm not impressed with their website at all.  There is an 800 number listed, so if you have questions, call them.  Or google oregano oil and find another web site, but be sure to find out if it's water soluable.  

Carolyn
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« Reply #1 on: 11/09/2006 03:40:39 »
very interesting that carolyn, especially as i'm in the process of giving up,its my second week. :)
 

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« Reply #2 on: 11/09/2006 03:50:55 »
Paul - You're on your second week without smoking?  That's great.  Don't give up.  Nov. 4 will be 2 years for me.  Congratulations.

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« Reply #3 on: 27/09/2006 18:51:29 »
I deeply like oregano as a spice...it's quite mediterranean.
I must say that this wonderful spice is under re-evaluation by western orthodox science.
May be it had never been studied before and just neglected, I'm not sure.
It is not alone, but in a nice spicy group, together with green tea, sesame oil and, most of all, curcumin (from turmeric).
We might see them in action in the near future. For now they show extraordinary healing power 'in vitro', i.e. under experimental conditions in cell cultures (mainly tumor cell lines).
They do not cost much and cannot be patented...they may serve as models for 'more powerful' analogues and become respected official DRUGS.


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« Reply #4 on: 08/10/2006 13:40:21 »
I've read with interest your writng on Oregano oil. It seems to me it's very important for people with CPD and other lung disorders. It would be great if there could be some more validation on the effects of it from the medical profession (I spoke to my doctor about it only to be met with ridicule).  I have a friend who, like your mother is on oxygen the whole time he has a tube and a machine in his home.  He's a great musician who can't even play his guitar anymore. So if you can get any proffessional validation for the oil it could go a long way to helping him and many people. I have alerted him to the oil and I would love to hear from you with any developments.
 

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« Reply #5 on: 11/10/2006 03:27:16 »
is there a cheaper site to buy the H2Orega Oil from or another maker of water souble oregano that has better pricing?
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« Reply #6 on: 11/10/2006 04:04:14 »
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Originally posted by PaulMc

I've read with interest your writng on Oregano oil. It seems to me it's very important for people with CPD and other lung disorders. It would be great if there could be some more validation on the effects of it from the medical profession (I spoke to my doctor about it only to be met with ridicule).  I have a friend who, like your mother is on oxygen the whole time he has a tube and a machine in his home.  He's a great musician who can't even play his guitar anymore. So if you can get any proffessional validation for the oil it could go a long way to helping him and many people. I have alerted him to the oil and I would love to hear from you with any developments.



Hi Paul - I wouldn't count on getting a whole lot of validation from the medical community.  My moms primary physician mocked her as well.  But what's important is that she is getting the last laugh, and can do so and still be able to breathe.  More often than not, when I mention something herbal/all natural to a physician their general reaction is one of skeptisism.  I don't know what the reason is, but that's what I've run into.  I have my suspicions, but that's a whole 'nother topic.  However, I think there is a line in Iko's post above that in my opinion just about sums it up.  (Hint: has to do with patents.) I believe Iko is a physician, maybe he can help us with an explanation.  And he is also a HUGE supporter of cod liver oil.  My suggestion for you and your friend is to research water soluble oregano oil.  Actually, any medication that you take, whether it's herbal/all natural or something prescribed by your physician should be researched by you.  Do not rely solely on your physician.  They are human and can make mistakes.

Greif - I haven't really checked other sites, but you can google water soluble oregano oil and check out all the different sites and compare prices.  Good luck, and please let us know if you find it at a good price.

Carolyn
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« Reply #7 on: 13/10/2006 22:07:04 »
Good doctors are used to listen to their patients and sometimes encourage them to follow an healing path that patients themselves strongly believe will be good for them.
They cannot know everything but it's easy to get better informed about alternative treatments and offer an opinion about safety and toxicity and some practical suggestions.
Facing spontaneous regressions of dreadful diseases or miracle cure cases, many doctors had been reported saying to their patients: "Whatever you did, keep on doing it!"
They are not supposed to practice alternative or complementary medicine.
Dr. Bernie  Siegel
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Lessons Learned about Self-Healing
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with Exceptional Patients
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« Reply #8 on: 18/10/2006 18:03:59 »
Spices Kill Bacteria and protect cells

 
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Oregano vs. germs. "No wonder oregano has been used since antiquity to fight infections," Preuss says. He recently found oregano oil as effective as the common antibiotic drug vancomycin in treating staph infections in mice. Bonus: It wiped out an infectious fungus. A daily dose of oregano oil, mixed with oils from fenugreek, cumin and pumpkin seeds, reduced blood pressure and improved blood sugar and insulin sensitivity in diabetic rats. In Texas research, oregano killed parasites in humans. The point, Preuss says: People who eat small regular doses of oregano may get antibiotic and antidiabetic benefits, although more tests on humans are needed to verify it.
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Strongest antibiotics.
The most ferocious killers of 30 bacterial species in Cornell University tests are (in order) onion, garlic, allspice, oregano, thyme, tarragon, cumin, cloves, bay leaf and cayenne pepper.

http://www.prostatecanceralternatives.com/Spices%20Kill%20Bacteria%20and%20Protect%20Cells.htm


 
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Antimicrobial effect of spices and herbs on Vibrio parahaemolyticus


The antimicrobial effects of spices and herbs from 18 plant species were examined on a foodborne pathogen, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, with the use of combinations of temperatures and nutrient levels. Basil, clove, garlic, horseradish, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, and thyme exhibited antibacterial activities at incubation of 30 degrees C, while with the exception of horseradish, the same spices and additional 7 species exhibited the activities at 5 degrees C. The lowest MIC (minimum inhibitory concentration) was 0.125% observed in clove and marjoram at 30 degrees C in a nutrient rich medium. Lowering of incubation temperature produced little effect on the MICs except for turmeric. The decreasing of the MIC in turmeric appeared to be basically attributed to the sensitivity of the bacterium to coldness. In nutrient poor medium, the lowest was 0.001 and 0.00025% in marjoram at 30 degrees C and at 5 degrees C, respectively. The sensitivity to several spices and herbs was similar among different clinical serotypes including the emerging strain O3:K6. These results suggest that the spices and herbs can be practical for protecting seafood from the risk of contamination by V. parahaemolyticus and used in hurdle technology with low temperature.
from: Yano J,Satomi M, Oikawa H.
Int J Food Microbiol. 2006 Aug 15;111(1):6-11.



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« Reply #10 on: 23/10/2006 19:56:30 »
carolyn

how do you get the oil in the nose spary since most have only a small hole in the tip?
thanks
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« Reply #11 on: 23/10/2006 21:41:06 »
Hi Grief - Every bottle I've ever seen has a cap that will come off.  It's on there tight, but keep twisting, it will come off.  Did you get a bottle of oregano oil yet?

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« Reply #12 on: 25/10/2006 02:31:15 »
Carolyn
yes I got some & put it in the spray & tried it. Burns a little but wow it works great. Clear my nose right up. The last week I have had a bad sinus infection, so bad that my upper jaw & theeth hurt. I did the spray last night & my morning I was starting to feel better. Did it again this morning & tonight and I can feel the infection getting much better already. I am also taking oregano oil in capsules so it must be giving it the 1 - 2 pucnh.

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« Reply #13 on: 25/10/2006 05:48:07 »
Hi Greif - Thats fantastic.  I'm glad it worked for you and that you're feeling better.

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« Reply #14 on: 04/12/2006 22:55:17 »
More bits for the oregano oil supporters:


Dried Oregano Fact Sheet

WHAT IS 'OREGANO' ?-It is fair to say there is still a lot of confusion with both the name given to dried herbs and with the living plants. Many confusions are carried forward by gardeners and even garden writers, not being helped by the botanists re-assigning species into sub-species of a different name!

'Oregano' is a term used in North America covering the dried herb of the two 'hotter' Origanum species  - Origanum vulgare and Origanum onites ('pot marjoram'). It also covers several sub-species (the abbreviation is 'ssp.') of Origanum vulgare, particularly the very widespread and common sub-species Origanum vulgare ssp. vulgare, as well as the much less common O. vulgare ssp. viride, and the one that we are concerned with, the relatively localised Turkish sub-species - Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum, the 'true Turkish' form of oregano, a form very high in essential oils.
 
'Oregano' is also used for a Turkishsage bush which is increasingly used as an 'oregano substitute', but labelled as being a form of oregano, usually being described as 'Turkish oregano'. All Origanum species are, in fact, native only to Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia. To confuse matters further, the 'flavoring' known in the trade as 'oregano' can also be extracted from Coleus amboinicus and several other totally unrelated species, and then used in products and described as 'oregano flavored'!
 
In UK and Australasia 'oregano' is usually called 'oreganum', and is occasionally known (confusingly) as 'wild marjoram'.
 
To eliminate confusion, all 'hotter' Origanum species should be referred to by the generic term 'Oregano'.
 
The oregano you buy in the shops is almost always the dried leaves of the common purple flowered 'wild oreganum' O.vulgare of Southern Europe, or the sub-species vulgare very widespread in the Mediterranean region and further East, or perhaps even the rather mild O.Onites, 'pot marjoram'.
 
True 'Turkish' oregano, Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum, the strongest and most pungent form of the species, is of much more limited geographic spread and is rarely available.

Most importantly, the peasant practice of selecting and drying only the especially rich and powerful flowering stems is quite simply uneconomic, and therefore the customary 'true' Turkish oregano is not often commercially available. Where the Turkish origanum is grown commercially for the flower stems it is usually to distill the immensely valuable oregano oil from them. They are so potent that the dried flower stems are worth more distilled for oil than rubbed into culinary oregano for sale in supermarkets - even when 220lbs/100 kilos of dried 'true Turkish oregano' only yeilds 9lbs/4kgs to 13lbs/6 kilos of pure oil.
 
As seems the pattern with this genus, even the oil is not safe from confusion. One commercial 'oregano' oil is actually produced from the so-called 'Spainish oregano', actually a species of thyme, Thymus capitatus!
 
Origanum vulgare subspecies hirtum  - Turkish Oregano, Wild Oregano.
This is a subspecies of the widespread wild oregano, and is found only in Turkey(it is sometimes incorrectly referred to as Origanum heracleoticum), and is the essential herb for pizza. Known as 'kekik' in Turkey, it is only summer flowering heads that are dried and used. The flowers are always white. The leaves are fuzzy, oval and somewhat coarse in relation to the other species.

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more readings from: http://www.origanumoil.com/about_oregano.htm



Wikipedia oregano:
Health benefits
Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, particularly due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids (PMID 16218659, PMID 12730411). Additionally, oregano has demonstrated antimicrobial activity against food-borne pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes (PMID 16218659). Both of these characteristics may be useful in both health and food preservation. In the Philippines, Oregano is not commonly used for cooking but is rather considered as a primarily medicinal plant, useful for relieving childrens coughs.

 
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« Reply #15 on: 05/12/2006 05:05:25 »


This sheep is so funny...is this a before and after photo Hadrian?  See how much he hops now that he gave up smoking or is this because of oregano oil?
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« Reply #16 on: 05/12/2006 05:08:53 »
Doc Iko,

I love to read about what natural herbs can do for you and the benefits...What do you do exactly?
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« Reply #17 on: 05/12/2006 08:20:06 »
Hi Moonfire,
I'm not an expert in herbal med.
I surf on the net just like the
lot of us...a bit closer to
orthodox medical literature.

What do I do?...here is my cv from childhood leukemia topic:

Iko, I'm realativly new to the ask and answer boards. I'm wondering could you give me a bit of a "Bio" on your self since I see your name so often. Also Neilep, Whats your story?

Hi jeg29!
welcome to this forum (I just started last August)
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« Reply #18 on: 24/12/2006 16:50:16 »
Hi Carolyn,
this "oregano connection" is really
more and more surprising indeed!
Thank you for starting this quite
scented, fragrant and just wonderful
spice topic.
"oregano" gets 216 citations in PubMed
database (Today), >80 are 2005-06...
It's running fast these days!

Here I stick an example of
anti-parasite action
supposedly stronger and less toxic
than the current drug treatment:

 
Oregano (Lippia spp.) kills Giardia intestinalis trophozoites in vitro: antigiardiasic activity and ultrastructural damage.


Ponce-Macotela M, Rufino-Gonzalez Y, Gonzalez-Maciel A, Reynoso-Robles R, Martinez-Gordillo MN.
 
Parasitologia Experimental, Instituto Nacional de Pediatria, Insurgentes Sur, C.P. 04530, No. 3700-C, Mexico, D.F., Mexico, marionmgordillo@yahoo.com.

In the world, giardiasis is still a very important parasitic disease; only in Asia, Africa and America, there are more than 200 million of infected people in a year. The usual treatments are drugs that produce undesirable secondary effects, perhaps favouring the resistant strain selection.
One alternative is to research compounds from plants used as antidiarrhoeic or antiparasitic in the traditional medicine. In a previous work, we found that Lippia beriandieri (Oregano) revealed to be more potent than tinidazole, a common antigiardiasic drug.
In this current work, we tested the cell viability by re-culture and reduction of MTT-tetrazolium salts to MTT-formazan, and we showed the effect of oregano ethanolic extracts against Giardia intestinalis (synonyms: Giardia duodenalis, Giardia lamblia) trophozoites at concentrations ranging form 58 to 588 mug.
We demonstrated the ultrastructural injury produced by oregano extracts in this parasite. Trophozoites lost their size and shape and showed damage in nucleus structure, perhaps by breaking the pattern of nucleoskeleton proteins.

Parasitol Res. 2006 May;98(6):557-60. Epub 2006 Jan 20.



             
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« Reply #19 on: 27/12/2006 23:20:04 »


Today, infection from deadly E.coli O157:H7 bacteria
and other foodborne microorganisms still represents
a major problem and cause of high mortality and
morbidity even in our safe 'developed' countries:


Edible Coatings May Boost Food Safety

By Rick Ansorge     HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) 2006.

A natural, edible coating could help keep deadly E. coli bacteria and other nasty bugs away from fresh produce, U.S. government scientists report.

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the new compounds reduce the risk of infection from deadly E.coli O157:H7 bacteria and other foodborne microorganisms. They report their findings in the Nov. 29 issue of the Journal of Food and Agricultural Chemistry.

"We hope that these coatings will have wide commercial potential," said Tara McHugh, a food chemist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Service in Albany, Calif. Her team conducted lab tests on the E. coli-inhibiting ability of apple-puree food coatings containing one of three natural antimicrobial compounds: oregano, lemongrass and cinnamon oil.

The researchers say the oregano oil coating was the most effective, killing more than 50 percent of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria within three minutes.

Because such coatings contain sticky sugars and fats, they may adhere longer to fresh produce and provide a more concentrated, longer-lasting method for killing bacteria than conventional, water-based washes, McHugh said.

That would be welcome news to consumers who have been bombarded with reports this fall about food safety, starting with the E. coli O157:H7 scare in mid-September that killed three Americans and sickened nearly 200 others who ate tainted spinach.

Subsequent scares included a salmonella outbreak that sickened 171 people in 19 states, plus recalls of E. coli-tainted lettuce and ground beef. And on Monday, officials at the USDA announced that a type of salmonella typically found in eggs is turning up with increasing frequency in chicken meat.

But some scientists wonder if edible coatings with antimicrobial compounds will prove practical in improving food safety outside of the laboratory.

"They haven't yet been tested in the real world, which means they need to be tested on fresh fruits and vegetables. So we don't know how efficacious they would really be," said Dr. Pascal James Imperato, chairman of the department of preventive medicine and community health at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, and a former New York City health commissioner.

"When produce is shipped, it undergoes a great deal of handling and exposure to many different temperature environments," Imperato said. "For this to have commercial applications, it would have to undergo much more stringent scientific study."

Food allergy is another possible complication, Imperato said. "Suppose you have someone who's allergic to oregano? I would view this study as showing interesting preliminary scientific results that would have to be corroborated by other scientists before these coatings are adopted by the commercial fresh produce industry."

Because E. coli and other microorganisms can lurk anywhere on the surface -- or even the interior -- of fresh produce, it's possible that the coatings might not affect them all, said Arun Bhunia, professor of food microbiology at the Purdue University department of food science in West Lafayette, Ind.

"My concern is that only a small portion of the food would be in direct contact with the film," Bhunia said. "How can it be assured that the entire content of a package would be exposed to the antimicrobial agent and thus provide safety? How stable is this compound, and how long would it maintain its activity? It also appears that the researchers have not tested many strains of E. coli O157:H7 to assess overall efficacy."

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« Reply #20 on: 06/01/2007 19:58:06 »
Thanks for all of this info Iko!
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« Reply #21 on: 07/01/2007 19:16:37 »
Thanks to you, Carolyn,
for starting this topic!
Now we know why in warm countries
they put all those spices in their foods!
Apparently 'we' prefer synthetic compounds
to preserve our foodstuff...

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« Reply #22 on: 07/01/2007 19:40:09 »
Allow me a short note from a commercial website.
A scam? Pure fantasy? Just solid crap?
Let's leave it open, once in a while...
We are all grown-ups and have been around:

Positive evidence is slowly coming out from scientific literature
after ages of total ignorance about this issue.
Well, Gentlemen, until we find negative reports from official studies,
we are certainly allowed to think that something really good may hide here.


The Cure is in the Cupboard 


     
  Wild Oregano cures many ills, says doctor 
 
Dying from a fungus infection in his blood American physician Dr Cass Ingram claims that pure wild oregano was the only thing that saved his life.

According to Dr Ingram, a surgeon and nutrition expert, oregano is the "herb superb" and one of the most important natural medications you need in your medicine cabinet. He recently published a book entitled "The cure is in the cupboard : how to use oregano for better health" which describes anti-septic, anti-biotic and anti-pain uses of the herb and oil of wild oregano.
Dr Ingram explains how to heal sore throats by gargling with the oil in salt water, curing acne by mixing the oil into facial soap, stopping diarrhoea by drinking a few drops of oil in a juice, opening sinuses instantly by inhaling the oil vapours from a bottle, relieving headaches with a few drops of the oil rubbed on the forehead and scalp, and using oregano capsules to help asthma sufferers. And move out of the way E. Coli, salmonella and lice - Dr Ingram says that oregano will eradicate them!
 
Ingram was accidentally stuck with a used IV needle several years ago while working. "For a doctor, that can be a catastrophe, l slipped into a state of health and had to close my clinic" he recalled, breaking out in psoriasis and being too weak to walk, often having to crawl to the cupboard for medication. His body temperature dropped to 94.2 degrees and touching his skin was he said like touching a corpse.

"A kind soul brought me oregano oil and said try it, l took some each day but it was not enough, but then l started to investigate it and found that the wild herb of oregano was available in the Mediterranean region and having relatives there asked them to pick some and send it to me in the America".
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natural herbs and spices can cure ailments and true wild oregano is one of the most powerful.
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« Reply #23 on: 09/01/2007 04:46:44 »
IKO - Oh WOW! I have been playing around a little with the oregano oil since your last post.  Last night - I had 2 pimples starting to form under the skin, the were quite sore.  I put a drop of oregano oil on before bed, this morning they were gone.

Just a few minute ago my head was throbbing at my left temple.  I put a drop on and rubbed it in - the headache is really gone.  Last night hubby and I got food poisoning - we think thats what it is.... we're better, but still a little quesy.  I took 2 drops in water...I'll let you know later if it helped.   The only problem so far is the smell.  Pewwww.
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« Reply #24 on: 09/01/2007 17:43:42 »
Enjoy your experiments!
I hope we are by far lower than
the oregano oil LD50...
(Lethal Dose in 50% tested)

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« Reply #25 on: 19/01/2007 19:00:43 »
Which are the main chemical
components in oregano oil?


Analysis on the volatile oil in Origanum vulgare
[Article in Chinese]

Tian H, Lai DM.
Guangxi College of TCM, Nanning 530001, China.

OBJECTIVE:
To analysis compositions of the volatile oil in Origanum vulgare.
METHODS:
GC-MS condition: using programmed temperature gas chromatography cinitial temperature was 60 degrees C, and then raising the temperature (5 degrees C/min) to 240 degrees C, mass-to-electric charge ratio was 10 to 425.
RESULTS:
GC-MS identified 29 kinds of contents.

CONCLUSION: Thymol and carvacrol are main compositions of the volatile oil in Origanum vulgare.

Zhong Yao Cai. 2006 Sep;29(9):920-1.





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« Reply #26 on: 19/01/2007 22:54:24 »
A good reading for the Oregano Oil fanatics Club...
Never forget that applications in agriculture may
come much before a specific medical interest:



click here to read:   http://www.ecopharm.gr/R_c_oil.html
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« Reply #27 on: 11/06/2007 23:02:17 »


Susceptibility of methicillin-resistant staphylococci to oregano essential oil, carvacrol and thymol.

Nostro A, Blanco AR, Cannatelli MA, Enea V, Flamini G, Morelli I, Sudano Roccaro A, Alonzo V.Dipartimento Farmaco-Biologico, Sezione Microbiologia, Facoltà di Farmacia, Università di Messina, Villaggio Annunziata, 98168 Messina, Italy. atnostro@pharma.unime.it

The aim of this study was to evaluate the susceptibility of methicillin-susceptible and methicillin-resistant staphylococci (MSS, MRS) to oregano essential oil, carvacrol and thymol.
The commercial aerial parts of Origanum vulgare L. were hydrodistilled and the essential oil analysed by gas- chromatography/electron impact mass spectrometry. The inhibition efficacy of this essence and its major components was assayed against 26 MSS and 21 MRS, using an agar dilution method. The methicillin resistance was thoroughly typed by Epsilometer test (E-test), polymerase chain reaction for mecA gene detection and PBP2' latex agglutination test. The results clearly demonstrated that the comparison between the susceptibility of MSS and MRS to oregano oil, carvacrol and thymol showed no significant differences (Fisher's exact test, P > 0.05). The best minimum inhibitory concentration values were reported for carvacrol (0.015-0.03%, v/v) followed by thymol (0.03-0.06%, v/v) and oregano oil (0.06-0.125%, v/v).

FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2004 Jan 30;230(2):191-5.

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« Reply #28 on: 22/07/2007 10:59:10 »
A 'new' antioxidant effect from oregano
aqueous extract (tea!) and beneficial
effects on humans?  A study from Europe (Croatia).
You never know.  [;)]


The effects of essential oils and aqueous tea infusions of oregano
(Origanum vulgare L. spp. hirtum), thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) and wild thyme (Thymus serpyllum L.)
on the copper-induced oxidation of human low-density lipoproteins.

Kulisić T, Krisko A, Dragović-Uzelac V, Milos M, Pifat G.
Department of Biochemistry and Food Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical Technology, University of Split, Croatia. tea@ktf-split.hr

In this study, the antioxidative capacity effect of essential oils and aqueous tea infusions obtained from oregano, thyme and wild thyme on the oxidation susceptibility of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) has been studied. The results indicate a dose-dependent protective effect of the tested essential oils and aqueous tea infusions on the copper-induced LDL oxidation. The protective effect of essential oils is assigned to the presence of phenolic monoterpenes, thymol and carvacrol, which are identified as the dominant compounds in these essential oils. The strong protective effect of aqueous tea infusions is proposed to be the consequence of large amounts of polyphenols, namely rosmarinic acid and flavonoids (quercetin, eriocitrin, luteolin-7-O-glucoside, apigenin-7-O-glucoside, luteolin, apigenin), with the most pronounced effect in the case of oregano. These findings may have implications for the effect of these compounds on LDL in vivo.

Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2007 Mar;58(2):87-93.


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« Reply #29 on: 16/08/2007 22:06:48 »
Origano is safe and cheap for food packaging:

Combination of analytical and microbiological techniques to study the antimicrobial activity
 of a new active food packaging containing cinnamon or oregano against E. coli and S. aureus.

Becerril R, Gómez-Lus R, Goñi P, López P, Nerín C.Lab Microbiología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Zaragoza, c/Domingo Miral s/n, Zaragoza, Spain.

The aim of this work is the optimization and application of a group of analytical and microbiological techniques in the study of the activity of essential oils (EOs) incorporated in a new antimicrobial packaging material and the research in depth of the interaction between the microbial cells and the individual compounds present in the active material. For this purpose the antimicrobial activity of the active packaging containing cinnamon or oregano was evaluated against E. coli and S. aureus. The vapour phase activity and the direct contact between the antimicrobial agents themselves, or once incorporated in the packaging material, and the microbial cells have been studied. The direct contact was studied using a broth dilution method. The vapour phase was evaluated by using a new method which involves the use of a filter disk containing the EOs. Furthermore, the kill time assay was used to determine the exposure time for the maximum efficiency in packaging, and transmission electron microscopy was used to investigate the antimicrobial activity and the possible mechanism of action against E. coli and S. aureus. Finally, the compounds absorbed by cells were identified. The results showed that the techniques used provide relevant information about the antibacterial activity of cinnamon and oregano in direct contact as well as in the vapour phase.
The antimicrobial packaging showed a fast efficiency which supports its likely application as a food packaging material. Bacteria treated with EOs exhibit a wide range of significant abnormalities; these include formation of blebs, coagulation of cytoplasmatic constituents, collapse of the cell structure and lack of cytoplasmatic material. Some of these observations are correlated to the ability of some of these substances to disrupt envelop structure, especially the inner membrane. After an extraction from dead cells, cinnamaldehyde was detected by GC-MS in E. coli exposed to the active packaging containing cinnamon.

Anal Bioanal Chem. 2007 Jul;388(5-6):1003-11. Epub 2007 Jun 6.



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« Reply #30 on: 27/08/2007 11:29:07 »
I read this thread with great interest, renewed actually.  I bought oregano oil awhile back when searching for a cure for my acne ..... I just tried to find my bottle with no luck (darn it) as I'd like to try it again for some other things you mentioned (in particular a 3-week headache).  I took drops in water for acne but I couldn't tolerate the taste.  I never thought of using it in my facial cleanser.  I now will have to buy more and give it a try.  Thanks for all the info! [8)]

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« Reply #31 on: 27/08/2007 11:53:58 »
Hi Gurugirl,

I don't know if acne is an indication to give oregano oil a try.
Actually I'm pretty sure it is NOT. You better think again!
If you could not tolerate it orally, you might have heavy contact dermatitis by applying an unproper dilution to your skin.
Read more and get better informed: this seems to be powerful stuff, even in terms of negative side effects.
There are plenty of remedies for acne, please use the 'search' option in this forum to find many threads and possible alternative treatments.
Take care

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« Reply #32 on: 27/08/2007 12:07:55 »
...why not giving
'Liquid Sunshine'
a try?

 [;)]

Vitamin D and the skin: an ancient friend, revisited.

Reichrath J.
Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie, Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes, Homburg/Saar, Germany. hajrei@uniklinik-saarland.de

Most vertebrates need vitamin D to develop and maintain a healthy mineralized skeleton. However, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)(2)D(3)], the biologically active vitamin D metabolite, exerts a multitude of important physiological effects independent from the regulation of calcium and bone metabolism. We know today that the skin has a unique role in the human body's vitamin D endocrine system. It is the only site of vitamin D photosynthesis, and has therefore a central role in obtaining a sufficient vitamin D status. Additionally, the skin has the capacity to synthesize the biologically active vitamin D metabolite 1,25(OH)(2)D(3), and represents an important target tissue for 1,25(OH)(2)D(3). In keratinocytes and other cell types, 1,25(OH)(2)D(3) regulates growth and differentiation. Consequently, vitamin D analogues have been introduced for the treatment of the hyperproliferative skin disease psoriasis. Recently, sebocytes were identified as 1,25(OH)(2)D(3)-responsive target cells, indicating that vitamin D analogues may be effective in the treatment of acne. Other new functions of vitamin D analogues include profound effects on the immune system as well as in various tissues protection against cancer and other diseases, including autoimmune and infectious diseases. It can be speculated that the investigation of biological effects of vitamin D analogues will lead to new therapeutic applications that, besides cancer prevention, may include the prevention and treatment of infectious as well as of inflammatory skin diseases. Additionally, it can be assumed that dermatological recommendations on sun protection and health campaigns for skin cancer prevention will have to be re-evaluated to guarantee a sufficient vitamin D status.

Exp Dermatol. 2007 Jul;16(7):618-25.




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« Reply #33 on: 20/12/2007 08:47:55 »
Oregano essential oil:
talking about 'natural' additives!


Combined effect of oregano essential oil and modified atmosphere packaging
on shelf-life extension of fresh chicken breast meat, stored at 4 degrees C.


Chouliara E, Karatapanis A, Savvaidis IN, Kontominas MG.
Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Food Microbiology, Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, Ioannina 45110, Greece.

The combined effect of oregano essential oil (0.1% and 1% w/w) and modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) (30% CO2/70% N2 and 70% CO2/30% N2) on shelf-life extension of fresh chicken meat stored at 4 degrees C was investigated. The parameters that were monitored were: microbiological (TVC, Pseudomonas spp., lactic acid bacteria (LAB), yeasts, Brochothrix thermosphacta and Enterobacteriaceae), physico-chemical (pH, TBA, color) and sensory (odor and taste) attributes. Microbial populations were reduced by 1-5 log cfu/g for a given sampling day, with the more pronounced effect being achieved by the combination of MAP and oregano essential oil. TBA values for all treatments remained lower than 1 mg malondialdehyde (MDA) kg(-1) throughout the 25-day storage period. pH values varied between 6.4 (day 0) and 5.9 (day 25). The values of the color parameters L*, a* and b* were not considerably affected by oregano oil or by MAP. Finally, sensory analysis showed that oregano oil at a concentration of 1% imparted a very strong taste to the product for which reason these lots of samples were not scored.
On the basis of sensory evaluation a shelf-life extension of breast chicken meat by ca. 3-4 days for samples containing 0.1% oregano oil, 2-3 days for samples under MAP and 5-6 days for samples under MAP containing 0.1% of oregano oil was attained. Thus oregano oil and MAP exhibited an additive preservation effect.

Food Microbiol. 2007 Sep;24(6):607-17. Epub 2007 Jan 12.


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« Reply #34 on: 28/01/2008 15:16:38 »
...and 'natural' preservative for our food:



Application of Origanum majorana L. essential oil as an antimicrobial agent in sausage.


Busatta C, Vidal RS, Popiolski AS, Mossi AJ, Dariva C, Rodrigues MR, Corazza FC, Corazza ML, Vladimir Oliveira J, Cansian RL.Department of Food Engineering, URI-Campus de Erechim, Av. Sete de Setembro 1621, CEP 99700-000, Erechim, RS, Brazil.

This work reports on the antimicrobial activity in fresh sausage of marjoram (Origanum majorana L.) essential oil against several species of bacteria. The in vitro minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was determined for 10 selected aerobic heterotrophic bacterial species. The antimicrobial activity of distinct concentrations of the essential oil based on the highest MIC value was tested in a food system comprising fresh sausage. Batch food samples were also inoculated with a fixed concentration of Escherichia coli and the time course of the product was evaluated with respect to the action of the different concentrations of essential oil. Results showed that addition of marjoram essential oil to fresh sausage exerted a bacteriostatic effect at oil concentrations lower than the MIC, while a bactericidal effect was observed at higher oil concentrations which also caused alterations in the taste of the product.

Food Microbiol. 2008 Feb;25(1):207-11. Epub 2007 Jul 28.



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« Reply #35 on: 18/01/2010 23:03:16 »
Wow!!!   [:)]



The apoptotic and anti-proliferative activity of Origanum majorana extracts on human leukemic cell line.


Abdel-Massih RM, Fares R, Bazzi S, El-Chami N, Baydoun E.

Department of Biology, University of Balamand, Al-Koura, Lebanon.

Scientists are constantly searching for phytochemicals and compounds with anti-cancer and antioxidant activity. In this study, the anti-proliferative activity of plant extracts from Origanum majorana (marjoram) was tested on human lymphoblastic leukemia cell line Jurkat. Cytotoxicity was examined using non-radioactive cytotoxicity assay and the IC(50) was calculated. At non-cytotoxic concentrations, the viability of cells decreased with increase of concentration of plant extract. The anti-proliferative effect was also found to be dose-dependent. Analysis via flow cytometry shows that marjoram extracts stimulated apoptosis. Induction of apoptosis was caused by an up-regulation of p53 protein levels and down-regulation of Bcl-2alpha. Marjoram exhibited a strong scavenging activity (SC(50)=0.03mg dry weight). The conclusions from this study suggest that marjoram extracts exhibit anti-proliferative effect and high antioxidant activity. For that it merits further investigation as a potential therapeutic agent.

Leuk Res. 2009 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print]


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« Reply #36 on: 05/03/2010 08:57:00 »
I used to take wild, dried oregano in capsules along with grapefruit seed extract in orange juice for toothaches when I was younger.  Never had to take an antibiotic again, and the dentist was amazed that my cavities "disappeared."

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« Reply #37 on: 05/03/2010 14:04:13 »
Hi kilgorethecat,

Thanks for your contribution!
I just found plenty of 'stuff' in the oregano-cavities connection...
We might see more in the future, even from official research. Maybe.

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« Reply #38 on: 07/03/2010 13:09:56 »
From personal experience I find it to be useful, but I also took it in conjunction with GSE.  I cannot be sure which may have helped the most.

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« Reply #39 on: 07/03/2010 13:23:00 »
Also, whoever wrote that may want to consider "dumbing it down" a bit less...

Quote
"Furthermore, due to the number of compounds within Oregano Oil, its
“complexity” does not allow for the development of resistant germs (a.k.a.
“super bugs”)."

Oregano Oil's "complexity" of multiple "compounds" probably has a lot in "common" with "toxins" that have multiple "compounds" that do not "allow" resistant germs to "develop." 

COME ON.  Super Bugs??? 

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« Reply #40 on: 10/07/2011 18:51:53 »
Hi Carolyn!

Jerome here - Are you still reading these responses from this topic you started? Sure hope so - Great subject!!

I have a question in regard to your mom - How did your mom mix the H2orega? In her nebulizer cup did she mix it in distilled or spring water? How many drops of H2orega to how many drops of water?

I too, like millions of people, am dealing with COPD using alternative methods along with alopathic prescriptions. I have been nebulizing 3% H2O2 with some sucess and what your mother did sounds good.

THANKS!!  Jerome

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« Reply #41 on: 24/07/2011 20:32:37 »
Well, OK, I bought the H2orega and have been using it for a week and I do feel a difference in my breathing and more reduction of mucus build up.

Oregano oil is strong so, I put 40 drops of store bought 3% H2O2 in my nebuliser cup and added 1 drop of H2orega. I mixed it up good and transferred it into a clean dropper bottle. Then I put 20 drops of 3% H2O2 in my nebuliser cup and added 10 drops of what I had mixed and put in the dropper bottle. I do 3 - 3 mn treatments a day with this. This diluted solution seems to be working good for me. I feel that with oregano oil - a little goes a long way, may be slower results but I have to start somewhere.

I also use a product called Oralmax drops. This stuff is amazing! It greatly reduces the mucus build up and helps me breath better. It also helps gain more energy and addresses other issues.

I get these products from seacoast vitamins dot com because I have been a customer for over a year. I have tried a lot of things in the last year to cure COPD and these 2 products have given me the best and fastest results. In just 2 weeks I have cut my Pro Air use in half, I wake up in the morning with minimum mucus build up, I have more energy and I am doing more because I am breathing better. Before I started on these 2 products I was losing ground. Mucus build up in the morning took me an hour to get breathing good enough to do the basics - now I get the most done in the morning!

My short term goal is to breath so good that I no longer need prescription breathing meds and with the results I am now getting that should happen real soon!   

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« Reply #42 on: 25/07/2011 15:50:36 »
Plenty of the compounds that Wiki lists as components of oregano oil are alkenes which will react with hydrogen peroxide to form epoxides. At least one of those (limonene oxide) is a known sensitiser.
If you already have breathing problems you might want to rethink this procedure.
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« Reply #43 on: 25/07/2011 16:04:47 »
Thanks Chemist!

You are right. I felt a heaviness in my lungs the first time I tried this so the next time I used water and could feel the difference so I have been doing that. There is no doubt that so far my results have been good.

Thanks for your input!!  Jerome

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« Reply #44 on: 25/07/2011 18:07:18 »
If this works as well as some people say it does then it could be the new Lorenzo's Oil.....
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. (Einstein)