There are over 50 species of oregano but the essential oil produced from Origanum Vulgare is considered to be the most therapeutically beneficial.
Oil of Wild Oregano contains many constituents. Some of the main components are:
- Carvacrol (60-80%+) the most beneficial component; higher is better
- Thymol (should be <5%,;greater percentages should not be used internally.)
- Para-cymene (5.5-9%)
- Gamma-terpinene (3.5%-8.5%)
- Beta-Caryophyllene (2.5%)
Carvacrol is one of the main ingredients in Oregano Oil. Carvacrol has many proven benefits, including an antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. It also contains properties which help balance blood sugar levels.
Thymol is another constituent. Thymol has a high degree of toxicity. Ideally, the levels should be less than 5%. This is not always the case with other brands, with some containing thymol levels of up to 40%. This degree of thymol is highly toxic. This is never the case with Solutions4Health Oil of Wild Oregano, which has a thymol level of less than 2% . Solutions4Health is safe for daily use.
Mode of antibacterial action:
Different modes of action are involved in the antimicrobial activity of essential oils and extracts.
Because of the variability of quantity and chemical profiles of the essential oil and extract components, it is likely that their antimicrobial activity is not due to a single mechanism.
It is considered that these components have several sites of action at the cellular level.
Generally, there are six possible mechanisms of antimicrobial action, which include:
- Disintegration of cytoplasmic membrane,
- Interaction with membrane proteins (ATPases and others),
- Disturbance of the outer membrane of gram negative bacteria with the release of lipopolysaccharides,
- Destabilization of the proton motive force with leakage of ions,
- Coagulation of the cell content, and
- Inhibition of enzymes synthesis.