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Oreganol for Candida Treatment

Candidiasis or yeast infections are one of the most common recurring infections that can affect different areas in our body. There are many different kinds of drugs that can be used in the treatment of candidiasis; however, an herbal and organic means of treating it is through oreganol, or oregano oil, which has multiple medicinal uses including treatment for cold, coughs and infections. It has been used historically for the treatment of various problems such as PMS, fatigue, asthma, and digestive maladies.

What is candidiasis?

Yeasts belong to the fungus family and Candida to the yeast family. Candida can thus be understood as a yeast infection or largely a fungal infection. Candida exists in a number of species, the most common one found normally on adult skin and the respiratory, gastrointestinal and female genital tract mucous membranes is particularly the Candida Albicans. It usually causes no disease. However, overgrowth of Candida, usually the Candida Albicans, can cause a number of infections known as Candida or yeast infections. It usually affects people orally (thrush) and vaginally (vaginal candidiasis). It may also affect the pharynx or the esophagus, male genitals, nailbeds, the gastrointestinal tract, the bladder, or the skin. Taking antibiotics and antacids may make the body more susceptible to such infections. Anyone can get Candidiasis, which is an easily treatable infection, but for those who are immune-compromised, Candida may cause systemic infections called Candidemia, which are more serious and need medical intervention.

What are the symptoms of candidiasis?

Thrush or oral candidiasis may result in excessively white tongue accompanied with discomfort. Skin candidiasis may be indicated by redness, itching, and discomfort. Though vaginal candidiasis is more common, candidiasis may also affect male genitals. Vaginal candidiasis is indicated by severe itching, irritation, burning, and soreness and may be accompanied by a white, cottage-cheese or curd-like discharge. Similar symptoms may also result from bacterial infections so it is recommended that one make sure of the cause of the infection.

Is there an organic means for treating candidiasis?

While antifungal drugs are the most common means of treating candidiasis, an herbal and organic means is oreganol or oregano oil. Oreganol is especially extracted from wild oregano called Origanum vulgare, which is found in Mediterranean countries. Only cold pressing is used for the extraction since it helps to retain the potency of the oil. This oil has more potency than oregano leaves, which is why oregano oil becomes more effective than oregano tea. Oreganol contains rosmarinic acid that helps the body fight allergies. Rosmarinic acid is also an anti-inflammatory agent that relieves pain, works like an antiseptic and provides relief. The carvacrol and thymol present in oregano oil carry anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. Carvacrol reduces the growth of bacteria and thymol reduces their resistance to antibiotics. They also fight fungal infections.

How can one use oreganol?

For the treatment of infections like candidiasis, oreganol proves to be an effective home remedy. Oreganol is available in the form of oil, gel, and capsules. One can apply oreganol topically to the area affected and/or take oreganol capsules. Since oreganol is a very strong oil, it should be diluted with another oil like that of coconut or olive before being applied. If you plan to take the oil of oregano orally, do mix it with water and/or juice since it can cause a burning sensation on your tongue. Oregano is also available in gel form, which can be applied topically or taken orally. When you buy oil of oregano, make sure it is not one that has alcohol, especially if you plan to use it as treatment for candidiaisis. Alcohol may make the candidiasis condition worse. Since oreganol has a number of health benefits – respiratory, digestive, antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant – it makes for a good supplement to your diet. However, it is always advisable to consult with a medical practitioner over the long-term use of any health product. If you have any deficiencies like iron or if you are pregnant, you should definitely contact a doctor before trying any health product.

Oil of Oregano Dosage Requirements

As the oreganol benefits to health become better known, many people are now curious about the oil of oregano dosage requirements for children, adults, or for treating certain conditions like candida. It turns out that oil of oregano, especially the wild oreganol P73 version, is pretty powerful stuff. According to Dr. Cass Ingram, who was interviewed by Dr. Ward Bond in an episode of the television series “Nutritional Living”, before modern antiseptics were developed in the early 20th century oil of oregano was actually used as a germicide in sewage treatment. It was also sometimes used as a preservative for foods that had to be kept for fairly long periods during sailing ship voyages.

Therefore the dosage requirements for the various pure oreganol products tend to be quite small. In fact for children up to six years old you only need to use a single drop per day, which can be mixed with fluids such as milk or juice to dilute the strong taste and make it more palatable. Children from six to ten years old can usually take two or three drops per day, and people older than ten can stick with about three drops per dose but increase the frequency to twice per day or sometimes three times per day for heavier adults. There are reports from various forums online from people who have taken as much as six or seven drops per dose of the liquid form of oreganol mixed into a glass of water, but this seems to be a bit too much because these people often report having a burning sensation on their lips or mouth and sometimes feeling queasy, nauseous, or otherwise “off” after finishing their drink.

If you have the “super strength” liquid version and want to avoid the burning sensation, you can drink some water first (to dilute the final concentration of the oil in your stomach), tilt your head back, and then use a dropper to place one or two drops of the oregano oil near the back of your throat before quickly drinking more water to wash it down and dilute it further. The cute video below with Zara Patel Thompson (five years old at the time) and her mother demonstrates this technique and explains some of the things to consider when trying to determine the correct oil of oregano dosage.

 

 

If you cannot tolerate the stronger liquid versions, another thing you can do is simply take it in capsule or softgel form. You may need to look on the label of the bottle or box (or ask your pharmacist) to find out the proper dosage equivalents, but most people seem to be having the best experiences with taking one capsule per dose along with plenty of water so that it does not upset their stomachs.

Another little trick that some people are having success with is mixing a drop or two with ten drops or more of olive oil, then taking it with lots of water or juice as normal. This seems to cut down on the “heat” when it first touches the mouth. Meanwhile, if you happen to have any suggestions for how to determine the proper oil of oregano dosage, please pass along any relevant information in the comment section below.

 

Oil of Oregano Side Effects

In previous articles we have reviewed some of the benefits of oil of oregano, but what about the disadvantages? Are there any significant oil of oregano side effects that we need to be worried about?

Allergic Reactions

While oil of oregano is generally safe to use in moderate doses for otherwise healthy people, there are a few things that certain segments of the population might want to take into consideration before embarking on their oreganol-fueled quest for a healthy body. For people who have existing allergies to plants in the same family as oregano such as marjoram, mint, thyme, basil, and hyssop, there is a chance that oil of oregano could trigger a similar allergic reaction. The most severe side effect in this regard is a reaction known as anaphylaxis, wherein histamine is released from body tissues, leading to generally unpleasant symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, nasal congestion, heart palpitations, hives, and blue discoloration of the skin. As you might surmise, it is recommended that you seek medical attention upon experiencing severe versions of such symptoms.

Rashes and Irritation

It is possible to experience mild to moderate irritation or rashes after applying oil of oregano products to the skin, especially if the oregano oil being applied is in concentrated or full strength form. To reduce the possibility of irritation, you can dilute it first with other oils such as olive oil before using it either externally or internally. You may also feel a burning sensation if you apply oregano oil to sensitive parts of the body such as the eyes or certain areas on the genitals. Unless there is some particularly overriding reason, it is probably best to just avoid doing this as it is likely not worth the risk of pain or injury.

 Nausea and Stomach Discomfort

Another of the possible oil of oregano side effects, particularly when relatively large amounts are taken internally, is nausea or general feelings of queasiness and upset stomach. As with the issue of skin irritation, this effect can be mitigated by diluting the concentrated oreganol with a carrier oil that is relatively neutral and non-toxic. You can also buffer or prevent it by eating a meal beforehand or drinking other fluids such that the oreganol concentration in the stomach will be reduced.

Pregnancy Considerations

For pregnant women, one of the potentially unfavorable oil of oregano side effects is that it can reduce the absorption of iron, which can be a problem if your iron levels are already low. Most medical references say that using oregano normally in foods and recipes is still safe, but concentrated oregano oils should be used with caution or avoided altogether during pregnancy. This side effect can be mitigated by taking iron supplements at least two hours after using oregano products.

Interactions and Contraindications

Like many substances that are potent enough to have medicinal value, oil of oregano side effects are possible when oreganol is combined with other potent substances that may have similar or directly opposing effects.  For example, some medical journals advise caution when taking oregano oil with other known anticoagulants (blood thinners) such as aspirin or alcohol. Another thing that is mentioned is that one should avoid taking oregano oil with lithium, as this can lead to lithium building up in the body to potentially toxic levels. Using oregano derivatives in combination with certain anti-diabetic medications or hormone therapies may also cause undesirable reactions, so you might want to consult with your physician before using oil of oregano treatments if you are already taking any of these kinds of medications on a regular basis.

Overall, most of the problems with oil of oregano side effects occur when excessively large amounts of oregano derivatives are used, or when such products are used in an incorrect or questionable manner. Before beginning treatment it is advisable to check the oil of oregano dosage requirements and recommendations so that you are more likely to avoid the possibility of undesirable side effects.