The secret is in the oil – of oregano, that is – Natural Health Guide

The secret is in the oil – of oregano, that is – Natural Health Guide – Brief Article

Eating right doesn’t only make you feel good: Some foods and supplements have powerful germ-fighting abilities. Researchers believe that spicy foods became popular in the tropics because the spices keep bacteria at bay and foods from spoiling.

The oil of the oregano plant has received some recent attention as a natural means to combat bacterial and fungal infections. Researchers at the University of Tennessee compared the power of various spices in fighting off common food borne microbes, including E. coli and Listeria. The results were startling: Oil of oregano seemed to completely inhibit the growth of harmful organisms. Cass Ingram, M.D., author of The Cure is in the Cupboard, says that oil of oregano can treat conditions ranging from acne and earaches to varicose veins. Ingram even suggests taking a few drops before eating in a restaurant to fight off any bacteria that might lurk in the salad bar.

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