Oregano Oil and Bell’s Palsy
What is Bell’s palsy?
Bell’s palsy is the paralysis of the facial nerve or cranial nerve VII, resulting in the loss of control of the muscles of one or both sides of the face. Facial paralysis can be caused by various conditions such as a brain tumor, Cerebrovascular Accident or stroke and Lyme disease, but if it cannot be associated with a specific cause, it is called Bell’s palsy.
The main clinical symptom of Bell’s palsy is drooping of and pain in the affected side of the face. The facial nerve also causes an inability to smile, blink, frown, cry, salivate and taste in the anterior two-thirds of the tongue.
Bell’s palsy occurs because of the inflammation of the facial nerve limited by the narrow bone canal at which it travels. When this happens, nerve inhibition, damage or death may occur leading to paralysis. Although no identifiable cause has been found for Bell’s palsy, doctors treat it with antiviral and anti-inflammatory drugs and supplement it with corticosteroids to promote quick recovery
How can oregano oil provide relief for Bell’s palsy?
Oregano oil is being relied upon as a complementary treatment for Bell’s palsy because of its association with a viral infection, as well as the inflammation of the facial nerve, which is believed to be the cause of the paralysis. Oregano oil has monoterpenes, which has antiviral properties (Astani, et al., 2009), which can kill the virus that supposedly triggered the condition. The inflammation and pain associated with Bell’s palsy may also be relieved by the use of oregano oil because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory (Landa, et al., 2009) properties. Best of all, by boosting the immune system, you will be more resistant to viral infections causing much less episodes.
How should oregano oil be used for Bell’s palsy?
Dilute 1 drop of pure oregano oil in 10 to 50 drops of olive oil or coconut oil depending on your tolerance. If you’re just starting out, we highly suggest using 50 drops of the carrier oil of your choice and as you get used to it, you may make it more concentrated. Place it in a glass bottle with a dropper. Take 4 to 6 drops of oregano oil or place the same amount in a gel capsule and take it 3 to 6 times daily followed by a full glass of water to wash it out.
Never use wild oregano undiluted. Use a brand of oregano oil that has more than 70% carvacrol for optimum efficacy and less than 5% thymol because too much of it can be toxic to the liver. If you’re taking medications and supplements, consult your doctor to prevent adverse reactions. This should not be used by very young children, the elderly and pregnant and nursing mothers.
A lot of people who have suffered from Bell’s palsy for long periods of time have found relief just by taking oregano oil by mouth. It’s safe, effective and inexpensive. What more can you ask for?
Astani A., Reichling J. and Schnitzler P. Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils. Phytotherapy Research. 2009 Aug 3.
Landa P., Kokoska L., Pribylova M., Vanek T. and Marsik P. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of carvacrol: Inhibitory effect on COX-2 catalyzed prostaglandin E(2) biosynthesis. Archives of Pharmacal Research. 2009; 32(1): 75-78.