North American Herb & Spice's OregaBiotic is the only maximum strength multiple spice blend conveniently placed in a natural gradual-release L-V (vegi) capsule. This natural delivery system ensures that the vital minerals, nutrients, and phenolic compounds contained in the wild spice oil blend are delivered to the colon and lower bowels. Oregabiotic contains wild spice oils of oregano, cumin, sage, and bay leaf that are harvested by hand from remote high-mountain regions in the Mediterranean.
Parts used and where grown
Oregano is an aromatic perennial herb that can grow to about two feet in height. It is native to the Mediterranean region but is cultivated worldwide. In addition to European oregano, there are several types of related species, including Greek/Turkish oregano (Origanum onites) and Mexican oregano (Lippia graveolens, Lippa palmeri). These should not be considered substitutes for true oregano, though they may have similar properties. The leaves as well as the volatile oil of these various species are used medicinally, but must be carefully distinguished as they are quite different.
Historical or traditional use
The name Oreganum is the contraction of two Greek words, oros meaning mountain and ganos meaning joy. Together the words suggest the beauty that oregano lends to the fields and hilltops on which it grows. Oregano was used extensively by the Greeks for conditions ranging from convulsions to heart failure. Nineteenth-century American Eclectic physicians (doctors who recommended herbal medicines) employed oregano as both a general tonic and to promote menstruation.
This dried herb contains several constituents, including volatile oil (up to 3%), such as carvacrol, thymol, and borneol, plus flavonoids, rosmarinic acid, triterpenoids (e.g. ursolic and oleanolic acid), sterols, and vitamin A and vitamin C. The thymol and carvacrol contents in oregano are responsible for its antimicrobial and antifungal effects. A test tube study demonstrated that oil of oregano, and carvacrol in particular, inhibited the growth of Candida albicans far more effectively than a commonly employed antifungal agent called calcium magnesium caprylate. Clinical studies are still needed to confirm these actions in humans.
In addition to its anti-fungal action, and according to the results of another test tube study from Australia, oregano oil has a strong anti-microbial action against a wide number of bacteria, including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Salmonella enterica, and Staphylococcus aureus. Other test tube studies have shown that oregano from the Mexican (Lippia) species was more effective than the prescription medication tinidazol in inhibiting the parasite giardia (Giardia duodenalis). In another test tube study, volatile oils of oregano, thyme, cinnamon, and cumin were individually able to stop the growth of another food-borne pathogen called Aspergillus parasiticus. Higher concentrations of these volatile oils were also able to stop the production of aflatoxin, a potent poison from the food moldAspergillus. Together these facts suggest the volatile oils in oregano used during food processing have an important role in preventing the spoilage of food and in reducing the risk of ingesting harmful bacteria, fungi, and parasites. Again, these actions have not yet been confirmed by human clinical trials. The German Commission E does not approve oregano for any medical indication.
How much is usually taken?
Dried or fresh leaf of oregano can be made into a tea by steeping 1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 grams) in hot water for ten minutes. This tea can be consumed three times a day. The oil (50% or greater dilution) may be applied topically twice a day to areas affected by athlete’s foot or other fungal infections. The affected area should be covered by the oil with each application. The safety of the internal use of the oil has not been well studied and should be used with caution or after consulting with a healthcare professional.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
Oregano leaf is very safe. The German Commission E and American Herbal Products Association both state there are no known risks with oregano leaf; neither of these references mentions oregano oil.
Due to the lack of human research and the highly concentrated nature of oregano volatile oil, there is potential for harm from its use; therefore, until its internal use in humans has been proven safe, it should taken with caution if not recommended by a healthcare professional. Volatile oils are generally considered contraindicated in pregnancy as they likely reach the baby and may cause harm. Topically, the volatile oil of oregano may be moderately irritating to skin and can be a potent mucous membrane irritant. It should not be applied topically to mucous membranes in greater than a 1% concentration. Children less than two years of age and people with damaged or very sensitive skin should not use the oil topically.
Take one or two capsules twice daily with meals or as often as necessary.
Serving Size: 2 capsules
Servings Per Container: 30
Proprietary blend in extra virgin olive oil, black seed oil & beeswax - 1000mg
Wild oregano blend (P73) *
Cumin oil *
Wild sage *
Wild bay leaf oil *
*Daily Value not established.
Vegetable Capsules derived from pine trees.
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