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What you need to know when buying “oregano oil”.

March 15th, 2021 Posted by Oregano essential oil 0 thoughts on “What you need to know when buying “oregano oil”.”

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Is “oregano oil” the same as oregano essential oil?

Regarding oregano, the commercial name of its products can create confusion about the content. Sometimes it can even be misleading, making the consumer think he buys pure oregano essential oil, whereas he buys a mixture or an infusion.

This misconception might have occurred because oregano essential oil is extremely active, with a very strong taste and should never be used undiluted. Therefore, in order to make it easier for the end user, there are ready to use, already diluted products in the market, called “oregano oil”. Of course this is perfectly fine, as long the label mentions what it contains, and also, ideally its origin and how it is produced. If it is not on the label, the seller should inform us.

The label “oregano oil” usually does ΝΟΤ describe pure, undiluted, natural oregano essential oil.

If what I need is pure, drastic, natural oregano essential oil, I should carefully read the label about the actual content, or, if it is not mentioned, ask the seller.

 

What do we mean when we say “oregano oil”?

The word “oregano oil” usually describes:

  1. The product resulting from adding oregano essential oil to oil (usually to olive oil).
  2. The product resulting from infusing oregano into oil (usually olive oil) so that some of the substances of the plant, as well as its aroma and taste are transferred to the oil.

 

None of the above is pure oregano essential oil and does NOT have its concentrated healing power. Oregano essential oil is produced exclusively by distillation of the plant, it is not chemically processed and nothing should be added to it.

 

In the first case (adding oregano essential oil to oil), if the oregano essential oil is added to olive oil and if they are both of good quality, we have a therapeutic mixture. But it should not be confused with pure, undiluted oregano essential oil. Because it isn’t.

When it comes to aetheleon olive oil and oregano essential oil mix, its antioxidant and chemical analyses and awards have shown that it is a product of high nutritional value and superior taste. We pay special attention to the way the ingredients are produced in order to have the best possible combination of flavors and beneficial properties, along with premium quality.

In the second case (infusion), if the oregano plant material is removed from the oil in time, and if a good quality olive oil is used, we receive an aromatic infusion. Its nutritional value depends, among other things, on the temperature at which the extraction took place. Also, if the plant material remained in the oil more than allowed, the quality of the product might be affected negatively.

In general we wouldn’t say “oregano oil” to refer to oregano essential oil, the same way we don’t usually say”lavender oil” or “rosemary oil” to refer to lavender or rosemary pure essential oil. So when in doubt, look for the content description or ask the seller. If you are still unsure,ask the producer.

 

photo by Marina Laopoulou

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Τι να προσέχω όταν αγοράζω «ριγανέλαιο».

 

Η ετικέτα «ριγανέλαιο» συνήθως δεν περιγράφει καθαρό, φυσικό αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης.

Ο τρόπος που αποκαλούνται εμπορικά τα προϊόντα της ρίγανης, δημιουργεί συχνά σύγχυση και εσφαλμένες εντυπώσεις σχετικά με το περιεχόμενο. Μερικές φορές η ονομασία μπορεί να είναι ακόμη και παραπλανητική, δημιουργώντας στον αγοραστή την εντύπωση ότι πρόκειται για καθαρό αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης ενώ στην πραγματικότητα είναι μείγμα ή εκχύλισμα.

Αυτή η παρερμηνεία ίσως προέκυψε επειδή το αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης είναι εξαιρετικά δραστικό, με πολύ έντονη γεύση και δεν επιτρέπεται να χρησιμοποιείται ποτέ αδιάλυτο. Επομένως, για να διευκολύνεται ο αγοραστής και να μην μπαίνει ο ίδιος στη διαδικασία να το διαλύει, διατίθενται στην αγορά έτοιμα μείγματα. Αυτό από μόνο του δεν είναι πρόβλημα αρκεί να αναγράφεται στη συσκευασία τι ακριβώς περιέχεται και, ιδανικά, την προέλευσή του και πώς έχει παραχθεί ώστε να γνωρίζουμε τι αγοράζουμε. Αν δεν αναγράφεται, πρέπει να γνωρίζει και να μας ενημερώσει ο πωλητής.

Αν αυτό που χρειάζομαι είναι καθαρό, δραστικό, φυσικό αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης, θα πρέπει να διαβάσω προσεκτικά στη συσκευασία τι ακριβώς περιέχει και, αν δεν αναγράφεται, να ρωτήσω τον πωλητή.

 

Τι εννοούμε όταν λέμε «ριγανέλαιο»; Είναι το ίδιο με το αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης;

Η λέξη «ριγανέλαιο» συνήθως περιγράφει:

  1. Το προϊόν που προκύπτει από την προσθήκη αιθερίου ελαίου ρίγανης σε κάποιο έλαιο.
  2. Το έλαιο μέσα στο οποίο έχει εμβαπτιστεί ρίγανη για ένα διάστημα, μεταφέροντας στο έλαιο κάποιες από τις ουσίες του φυτού, καθώς και άρωμα και γεύση.

Κανένα από τα παραπάνω προϊόντα δεν είναι καθαρό αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης και δεν έχει τη συμπυκνωμένη θεραπευτική του δύναμη. Το αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης παράγεται αποκλειστικά με απόσταξη του φυτού και δεν πρέπει να περιέχει προσμίξεις.

Στην πρώτη περίπτωση, εφόσον πρόκειται για προσθήκη αιθερίου ελαίου σε ελαιόλαδο και αν είναι και τα δύο συστατικά καλής ποιότητας, μπορεί να προκύψει ένα μείγμα με θεραπευτικές ιδιότητες, ίσως ενδιαφέρον γευστικά, το οποίο όμως δεν θα πρέπει να το μπερδεύουμε με το καθαρό αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης.

Στην περίπτωση του μείγματος που παράγουμε εμείς, οι χημικές και αντιοξειδωτικές αναλύσεις και οι βραβεύσεις του, έχουν δείξει ότι πρόκειται για προϊόν υψηλής διατροφικής και γευστικής αξίας. Δώσαμε ιδιαίτερη προσοχή στον τρόπο παραγωγής των συστατικών ώστε να έχουμε τον καλύτερο δυνατό συνδυασμό γεύσης και ευεργετικών ιδιοτήτων.

Στη δεύτερη περίπτωση, αν η διαδικασία έχει γίνει με τον ενδεδειγμένο τρόπο, και εφόσον πρόκειται για καλής ποιότητας ελαιόλαδο, μπορεί να προκύψει ένα εκχύλισμα με άρωμα και γεύση ρίγανης. Η θρεπτική του αξία εξαρτάται μεταξύ άλλων και από τη θερμοκρασία στην οποία έγινε η εκχύλιση. Επίσης, αν το φυτικό υλικό έχει παραμείνει μέσα στο λάδι παραπάνω από το επιτρεπτό, η σύστασή του μείγματος πιθανόν να έχει αλλοιωθεί.

Όπως δεν θα λέγαμε ποτέ «λεβαντέλαιο» ή «δεντρολιβανέλαιο» για να αναφερθούμε στο αιθέριο έλαιο λεβάντας ή δεντρολίβανου, έτσι και το να λέμε “ριγανέλαιο” όταν μιλάμε για καθαρό αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης, προκαλεί σύγχυση. Αν έχουμε αμφιβολία, διαβάζουμε προσεκτικά τη συσκευασία ή ρωτάμε τον πωλητή. Αν δεν λύθηκαν οι απορίες μας, απευθυνόμαστε στον παραγωγό.

 

φωτογραφία: Μαρίνα Λαοπούλου

Greek oregano has outstanding antioxidant power

Greek oregano’s outstanding antioxidant power

March 1st, 2021 Posted by Natural remedies, Oregano essential oil 0 thoughts on “Greek oregano’s outstanding antioxidant power”

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Greek oregano has outstanding antioxidant power

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Oregano’s antioxidant power is one of the highest among hundreds of foods.

The antioxidant capacity of dried oregano is 175290 ORAC units , followed by rosemary, mint and thyme, while pomegranate juice has a value of 4479 units (almost 40 times less than dried oregano), according to the ORAC table.

The ORAC table was developed through lab tests by scientist at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and is used to measure the antioxidant capacity of different foods. An ORAC unit equals the antioxidant power of 1 microM Trolox.

Doing the ORAC math on oregano:
A single drop of oregano essential oil is produced by a quantity of dried oregano with antioxidant power about 7 times higher than the daily recommended ORAC value (3000-5000 units according to the FDA). This is because the appr. 15 gr of dried oregano (almost 1/3 of a cup) needed to distill a single drop of oregano essential oil, have 26293 ORAC.

What is more, according to studies, Greek oregano (Origanum vulgare ssp hirtum) stands out from all other varieties of oregano (almost 50) for its very high concentration of carvacrol. This is the main antioxidant compound of the plant, which can reach up to 90% in laboratory distillation.

Our organic, pure oregano essential oil reached a carvacrol percentage of 86,48% this year. The concentration varies each year, because nature rules and no one can control nature. We offer our essential oil pure, exactly as it is distilled, without chemical processes additives or standardization. Read about it here.

If you want to check ORAC table other foods, see the table here. And if you want to learn more about free radicals and antioxidants you can read this article.

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Η αντιοξειδωτική δύναμη της ρίγανης είναι από τις υψηλότερες ανάμεσα σε εκατοντάδες τρόφιμα.

Σύμφωνα με τον πίνακα ORAC η αντιοξειδωτική ικανότητα της αποξηραμένης ρίγανης είναι 175.290 μονάδες ORAC. Ακολουθούν με διαφορά το δεντρολίβανο, η μέντα και το θυμάρι, ενώ ενδεικτικά ο χυμός ροδιού έχει αξία 4.479 μονάδες [1](σχεδόν 40 φορές λιγότερο από την αποξηραμένη ρίγανη).

Ο πίνακας ORAC συντάχθηκε σύμφωνα με τα αποτελέσματα δοκιμασίας τροφίμων σε συνθήκες εργαστηρίου, από το το Εθνικό Ινστιτούτο Υγείας των Η.Π.Α (ΝΙΗ), και είναι χρήσιμος για τη συγκριτική αξιολόγηση της αντιοξειδωτικής ικανότητας των τροφίμων.

Λίγα μαθηματικά:

Μια μόνο σταγόνα αιθερίου ελαίου ρίγανης αντιστοιχεί σε ρίγανη που έχει περίπου 7 φορές μεγαλύτερη αντιοξειδωτική δύναμη από τη συνιστώμενη ημερήσια δόση (3.000-5.000 ORAC σύμφωνα με τον FDA), αφού τα περίπου 15 γρ αποξηραμένης ρίγανης (σχεδόν 1/3 της κούπας) που χρειάζονται για να αποσταχθεί [2] μια μόνο σταγόνα από το αιθέριο έλαιο ρίγανης έχουν 26.293 ORAC.

Μάλιστα, σύμφωνα με επιστημονικές μελέτες, η ελληνική ρίγανη (Origanum vulgare ssp hirtum) ξεχωρίζει από όλες τις υπόλοιπες (σχεδόν 50) ποικιλίες ρίγανης για την πολύ υψηλή περιεκτικότητά της στην καρβακρόλη. Αυτή είναι η κύρια αντιοξειδωτική ουσία του φυτού, που μπορεί να φτάσει σε περιεκτικότητα μέχρι και 90% στο σύνολο των συστατικών του αιθερίου ελαίου σε εργαστηριακή απόσταξη.

Τέλος με τα μαθηματικά, πάμε σε λίγη βιοχημεία:

Η αντιοξειδωτική ικανότητα μιας ουσίας υπολογίζεται από το κατά πόσο μειώνει τη δράση ενός οξειδωτικού παράγοντα. Αυτό σημαίνουν τα αρχικά στον πίνακα ORAC:Oxyygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (Ικανότητα Απορρόφησης Ριζών Οξυγόνου). Όσο ψηλότερη είναι η ORAC τόσο περισσότερο οι ουσίες του συγκεκριμένου τροφίμου περιορίζουν τη δράση των ελεύθερων ριζών.

Εμείς ανακαλύψαμε τον πίνακα ORAC στο κατατοπιστικότατο άρθροτου Δρ Ιατρικής Ιερόθεου Σπανού. Εκεί διαβάσαμε τι ακριβώς είναι οι ελεύθερες ρίζες. Μέχρι τώρα ξέραμε ότι συνδέονται με καρδιακές παθήσεις, καρκίνο, ακόμη και με μετάλλαξη στο DNA και γήρανση. Τώρα μάθαμε ότι είναι απαραίτητες για τη ζωή μας, αλλά όταν η παραγωγή τους είναι αυξημένη, λόγω πχ άγχους, διατροφής, λοιμώξεων προκαλούν σοβαρά προβλήματα.

Τι μάθαμε λοιπόν για τις ελεύθερες ρίζες (με δικά μας λόγια):

Όταν ένα φρεσκοκομμένο μήλο «μαυρίζει», όταν οι ξηροί καρποί ταγκίζουν, φταίνε οι ελεύθερες ρίζες. Αυτές προκαλούν το φαινόμενο της οξείδωσης. Αντίστοιχα συμβαίνει και στο σώμα μας.

Και για όλα φταίει η ζήλια…

Εξηγούμαστε: Η τάση των ηλεκτρονίων στη φύση είναι να είναι σε ζευγάρια με τα πρωτόνια. Έλα όμως που μερικές φορές ο οργανισμός μας χρειάζεται να πάρει ένα ηλεκτρόνιο από κάποιο άτομο… Μη ρωτάτε γιατί, έχει τους λόγους του, πάντως είναι φυσιολογικό και συμβαίνει κατά το μεταβολισμό, κυρίως από τη δράση του οξυγόνου. Το άτομο όμως τώρα που έχασε το ηλεκτρόνιο δεν μπορεί να ησυχάσει. Είναι προγραμματισμένο για σταθερότητα, για ουδετερότητα, βλέπει άδεια τη θέση του ηλεκτρονίου, βλέπει τα άλλα άτομα με όλα τους τα ηλεκτρόνια, τακτοποιημένα και σκάει από ζήλια. Ε, κι εκεί, πάνω στην πίκρα, κάτι το πιάνει, και … τσουπ! Κλέβει! Η αρπαγή του ωραίου ηλεκτρονίου. Δεν ξέρουμε αν ήταν με συναίνεση, αν το γλυκοκοιτούσε κι εκείνο.

Μπορεί να έχει και ελαφρυντικά, να παρασύρθηκε και να αθωωνόταν στο Ανώτατο Δικαστήριο της Βιοχημείας, επίσης δεν ξέρουμε.

Το θέμα είναι όμως ότι έτσι παίρνουν και άλλα άτομα τον κατήφορο και πέφτουν στο βούρκο της κλεψιάς. Αρχίζει το ένα άτομο να κλέβει το ηλεκτρόνιο του άλλου, και το άλλο του διπλανού του και πάει λέγοντας, χαμός, αναρχία στα κύτταρα.

Κάτι πρέπει να γίνει να σταματήσει το ντόμινο της οξείδωσης…

Ε, αυτή ακριβώς είναι η ώρα της ρίγανης.(Και των άλλων αντιοξειδωτικών, εντάξει – εμείς όμως έχουμε αδυναμία στη ρίγανη, οκ;)

Τι κάνει; Μπαίνει μέσα στο χαμό και χαρίζει ηλεκτρόνια! Έτσι ακριβώς. Πάρε κόσμε ηλεκτρόνια! Έχει για όλους, όλοι θα πάρετε, ηρεμήστε!

Από μηχανής Θεός δηλαδή η ρίγανη, όπως όλα τα αντιοξειδωτικά, αρκεί να τα έχουμε στη διατροφή μας καθημερινά και σε ποικιλία.

Αν όλα αυτά σας φαίνονται κινέζικα (ή ενδιαφέροντα) διαβάστε το άρθροπου μας διαφώτισε.

Θα καταλάβετε γιατί είναι σημαντικό να καταναλώνουμε τροφές που έχουν μεγάλη αντιοξειδωτική δύναμη.

Εμείς δεν είμαστε γιατροί, ούτε ειδικοί υγείας. Βότανα καλλιεργούμε και παθιαζόμαστε κάθε μέρα και περισσότερο με τα ανεξερεύνητα θεραπευτικά θαύματα που κρύβουν μέσα τους. Γι’ αυτό μοιραζόμαστε ό,τι μας φαίνεται ενδιαφέρον και ελπίζουμε να είναι ενδιαφέρον και για εσάς.

Δεν ξεχνάμε ότι ο κάθε οργανισμός είναι διαφορετικός και όταν αισθανόμαστε ότι χρειαζόμαστε βοήθεια για να στηρίξουμε τον οργανισμό μας, συμβουλευόμαστε ειδικούς.

 

Ευχαριστούμε ιδιαίτερα τον φίλο βιοχημικό Αντώνη Καράγιωργα για την πολύτιμη βοήθεια. Με κάθε σχόλιό του, η βιοχημεία γίνεται όλο και πιο συναρπαστική.

 

[1] Η μονάδα ORAC ισούται με την αντιοξειδωτική προστασία που παρέχει 1 microM Trolox (Cao G, Alessio HM, Cutler RG. Oxygen-radical absorbance capacity assay for antioxidants. Free Radic Biol Med. 1993 Mar;14(3):303-11. doi: 10.1016/0891-5849(93)90027-r. PMID: 8458588.)

[2] Αυτό προκύπτει από τη δική μας εμπειρία και αφορά τα αιθέρια έλαια που παράγουμε εμείς.

How to use oregano essential oil

April 18th, 2018 Posted by Oregano essential oil 0 thoughts on “How to use oregano essential oil”

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Although oregano is such a pleasant aromatic herb, its essential oil can be a bit of a shock to the senses. It has a sharp, herby flavour and even one drop can make your throat burn and your ears pop. Remember what happens to Asterix every time he drinks the magic potion? That’s what we are talking about. It’s all well worth it, but it can be a bit brutal if you don’t know the ropes. To be precise, the more an oregano essential oil “burns”, the more potent it is in its antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (more about its properties in our previews post). So, you do want your oregano oil to be strong, but you don’t want to choke one afternoon in the middle of your apartment while getting your healthy fix. Fear not, friends; because we put so many methods to the test (no guinea pigs were used for this, just friends and family) and we are here to share what works…

First, let’s start with some (boring but) important information. Oregano essential oil is US FDA approved and is indeed approved as a potable item (granted that you buy a high-quality oregano essential oil like ours, intended for internal as well as topical use). It is a hot essential oil, so you should always dilute it. Note that although its use is approved and its benefits are backed up by numerous studies, you still need to check with your doctor or naturopath before using it, to make sure that it is safe for you personally. Also, you should avoid continued use over long periods of time or exceed the recommended amount mainly because it will reduce the body’s response to the instant antimicrobial effect that the oil has. Our body cells metabolize oils through complex chemical reactions (that scientists are still studying), so we shouldn’t exceed this metabolic capacity of the cells.

Lastly, we want to make clear that not all essential oils of oregano are the same; these guidelines are formed based on the Aetheleon oregano organic essential oil, which is of high quality, purity and potency. Weaker or diluted oils might require different treatment.

So, let the fun begin…

Internal use

  • The classic

a small shot of water with one drop of oregano essential oil. It’s quick, it’s easy and it gets the job done without faffing around. Our personal favourite for days that we feel a cold coming. Make sure it goes directly to your throat. Holding your breath before and after swallowing helps you avoid the burning sensation. A bite of bread or cheese also takes away the spicy feeling from your mouth.

  • Last straw

As above, but using a straw, so the solution goes straight down without burning the mouth.

  • Oil + oil

a drop of oregano essential oil in a spoonful of olive oil. Jug that down with water. One could say that this even tastes pleasant. Some prefer it on a slice of bread (toasted or not). Tested and approved!

  • Chef’s special

If you just can’t be bothered with taking oregano oil as a medicine, just throw a drop (or two) in your salad’s oil, mayonnaise, your Mexican salsa, a warm bowl of lentil soup. It adds some zing in your food, plus, you get all the benefits.

  • Tea time

Oregano essential oil, in a herbal infusion, with a spoonful of coconut oil. The two oils blend with the herbal flavors, and the spicy feeling almost disappears, especially if you stir before you drink. Important: children enjoy it!

  • Syringe

This one came from a friend who is a doctor himself so, for treating his 10-year-old daughter’s cough, he came up with the idea of a loaded syringe (needle removed of course) with about 20ml of water and one drop of the essential oil. The taste can be too sharp for the children; however, when the watery solution is shot down their throat, they don’t taste it at all. (Reminder: only children above 7 years of age and only after medical advice!)

  • Spoon

Same concept as above, but you use a spoon to “target” the back of the throat. Fill the spoon with water, add a drop of essential oil, bend your head slightly to the back and “hit”! Tip: it always feels nice to drink some water afterwards.

  • Bread

Another classic. Roll a small piece of soft bread into a tiny (lentil-sized) ball and let a drop of essential oil fall onto it. Then act as if it was a pill, put it as near to your throat as you can and swallow it with some water. It sure keeps the tang away for whoever doesn’t like a bit of a sting (Don’t even think about chewing it).

  • Desserts

Same as above. Just replace the piece of soft bread with a small sugar cube. Who eats sugar nowadays, though, so scratch that off and add a drop of oregano oil in a teaspoon of yummy honey.

  • The capsule

For elaborate DIY-ers, you can always get a kit that helps you make your own capsules, simply by filling them with one-two drops of our oregano essential oil. This might be a helpful method for some. However, keep in mind that the rest of the methods mentioned have the extra benefit of letting the oil pass through the mouth and the esophagus, giving some love to the upper part of your GI tract as well.

  • Flu cocktail

Oh, haven’t we been creative with this one. Juice some apple and ginger. Add in a bit of honey, turmeric, cayenne pepper and a drop of oregano essential oil. Shake, blend, or stir even. You can use a straw or one of those ridiculous umbrellas (it won’t make it taste any better). This doesn’t exactly sound like an ideal Friday night drink, but it will make sure that you fight rapidly those flu symptoms. If you want to take it up a notch, throw some garlic in that juicer too.

  • Inhale

A choir teacher told us that she hasn’t had a stuffy nose since she started adding a drop of oregano essential oil in a bowl of steamy water. She traps the steam by throwing a towel over her nose (protecting her eyes) and inhales for a few minutes. In fact, she has the entire choir following her practice now and they all swear by it. (Note to self: try this weekly treatment and see what happens to my acne.)

Nerdy reminder: Internal use should be kept to no more than two weeks in a month, and no more than twelve weeks every year. Of course, keep out of eyes, ears, or nose and note that its use is not allowed for children under 7 years of age. For older children or during pregnancy and breastfeeding, always ask a professional medical practitioner before use.

External uses

  • Antimicrobial healing oil

A few drops of oregano essential oil added in a carrier oil like almond or sesame seed oil. This can be kept in a dark glass bottle (a great way to reuse our Miron Violetglass bottles) and used on wounds, insect bites, a variety of skin conditions and fungal problems. A cotton ball soaked in this blend and left on the nails, should keep any nasty nail fungus at bay, if repeated often.

  • Muscle balm

A few drops of oregano along with other essential oils like sage, carrier oils and thickening agents such as with beeswax, shea or cocoa butter, makes a beautiful balm that can be used for muscle pain, strains and spasms. Just apply it in topically whenever you need to relief a sore muscle.

  • Happy feet

Dilute 1-2 drops in your favourite carrier oil (coconut, olive, castor etc) and rub the soles of your feet to help boost your immune system.

Your skin there is less sensitive than the rest of your body (especially if you like walking barefoot), so you are less likely to have an allergic reaction. Plus, there are more nerve endings per square centimetre in the foot than any other part of the body, so your nervous system will get the memo fast.

  • Diffuse (Burner)

When having sick people at home, make a light blend of essential oils which include oregano, eucalyptus and orange and add them to the essential oil diffuser, just to keep the air clean. Some friends who had a major mold issue in their house, kept diffusing oregano essential oil for weeks, with impressive results. There is something about oregano essential oil that just makes the air feel pleasantly fresh.

  • Candles

Yes, candles! You can add our oregano essential oil with any other pure, natural essential oil you like (our favorite combination is with sage) in melted soy wax to create your own, natural, personal candles! You only need a few tools and materials (not expensive at all) and in a couple of hours you have custom scented candles to create a refreshing atmosphere at your home or office.

  • Toothpaste

A few drops of oregano essential oil in your DIY toothpaste will give it a good antibacterial kick. Some of our friends have been using this over a year and they swear that their teeth have gotten healthier. You can find many recipes online, but a basic blend of coconut oil with a dash of baking soda, cinnamon and turmeric, is all it takes. It feels awkward at first but it leaves your breath surprisingly fresh too. We thought it would smell like souvlaki to be honest.

  • The Clean-Freak

If you don’t mind spending a few of these precious drops for your home, there are endless ways you can use oregano essential oil purely for its antimicrobial effect on surfaces. We know people adding a couple of drops of oregano essential oil in some water and spraying down surfaces or the sofa. You can even use oregano essential oil on your nail clippers, your retainer and earrings to keep things clean. A brilliant solution for us that make our own natural cleaning products at home.

Nerdy reminder: Αs with any essential oil, always do a skin patch test before use (Take a small quantity, dilute it in a carrier oil and apply it to sensitive areas of the body like the inner wrist or inner elbow, wait for 12-24 hours to see if it causes any skin reactions – if not, go for it!)

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That’s the information we have gathered so far, but we keep hearing more and more people using the essential oil of oregano in a lot of creative ways. If you have been using our oregano essential oil in a different way, let us know and we will keep experimenting and sharing. If you haven’t, it only takes one drop to be converted. Just order yours online from our eshop and join the tribe!

What’s the buzz about oregano essential oil?

March 25th, 2018 Posted by Natural remedies, Oregano essential oil 0 thoughts on “What’s the buzz about oregano essential oil?”

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Oregano essential oil. Is it another trend?

Doesn’t it get a bit boring seeing one miracle ingredient popping after the next? Don’t get it wrong, it’s good that people get more and more interested in looking after themselves; especially when it’s done in a natural, holistic way. But hasn’t it gotten too far? Didn’t you just cringe when you read the word “holistic”? People used to consume news about pop stars; now they seem to feed off of information on that special natural ingredient that will improve their health. And then there is the next. And the next after that. Do these remedies even work? You can never be certain.

Getting to oregano essential oil, even Whole Foods makes an immunity shot with a couple of drops of this potent ingredient (tasted weird but did work!). People take oregano oil to fight colds, skin diseases and all sorts of ailments. Its use has spread so much so fast, that even the conventional research started picking up on it, proving that oregano essential oil has unique antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. So, it seems only fair that it’s trending, right?

Well, not exactly. Oregano has been used in herbal medicine for centuries and is even mentioned in ancient biblical texts. It isn’t something new. But the research is. The tradition goes hand in hand with the scientific evidence here; both roads leading to this little, beautiful, aromatic herb. Oregano has been used not only in herbal medicine but in the kitchen as well. Most Mediterranean food is laced with some of its aroma. It has been said that many herbivores eat it to balance their gut health (and it also partakes in the secret recipe of Feta; you see, feta is not just a white cheese. Its distinct taste comes from the herbs that the wild goats eat on the rocky mountains of Greece).

If only all these powerful properties could be condensed so that we don’t have to chew on oregano leaves all day at work… we would get a very potent vial full of oregano essential oil. And that’s exactly what we do. Aetheleon oregano organic essential oil is a product of personal passion and a lot of love. We figured that we put so much time and effort into this, we might as well make the best oregano oil possible. From the moment we picked our land, the organic native species to cultivate, caring personally for each and every plant, following all the way to getting that first drop of the finest oregano essential oil… we did nothing more but followed our vision to create excellence. Every step of the process has been fine-tuned in order to offer the purest possible essential oil of oregano. Not all oregano oils are created equal, but we can proudly say that our product deserves a place in every natural medicine cabinet.

Now that antibiotic resistance is on a whole new level and bacteria seem to survive even the strongest of antibiotics, we have a chance to look into those ancient ingredients that provide a natural alternative. Unlike conventional antibiotics, oregano essential oil does not strip our gut flora but is a strong immune booster. Moreover, this oil has a wound-healing effect if used in an ointment, reducing bacterial contamination at the same time. Oxidative stress is correlated with a number of degenerative disorders; however, the strong antioxidant character of oregano essential oil will help combat oxidation and aid proper detox. What is more, oregano is very rich in essential phytochemicals that we might be missing from our every-day diet. Phytochemicals provide positive mineral elements which are vital to fighting certain diseases. Lastly, oregano essential oil seems to be very active against certain fungi and bacteria such as candida albicans and epidermal staph infections.

The oil itself has a very strong taste and leaves behind a burning sensation. It doesn’t sound pleasant, but it’s all worth it, regardless. We have chosen one of the best tinted glass bottles, to preserve our essential oil and you only need a drop or two, so the bottle will last you a very long time. If you want any tips and tricks regarding its various uses, stay tuned. We will share all of our secrets and you won’t have to gag on oregano oil ever again. Starting here with some tips, order yours online from our eshopand welcome on board!

Simple mayonnaise, with a healthy twist

April 18th, 2017 Posted by Oregano essential oil, Recipes 0 thoughts on “Simple mayonnaise, with a healthy twist”
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Some time ago a friend told us that he enjoys a drop of our oregano essential oil added to mayonnaise into his sandwich.

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