Oregano Oil and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD is a chronic inflammatory disorder in both the small and large intestines. The major types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s disease commonly starts in the terminal ileum, but can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus and in contrast, Ulcerative Colitis is usually restricted to the colon and the rectum. The main difference between the 2 conditions though is that Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the bowel while Ulcerative Colitis only affects the mucosa or epithelial lining of the gut.
Symptoms of IBD include abdominal pain, bloating, persistent diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, bright red blood in stools and weight loss, along with anemia, fever, skin and eye problems, delayed growth and sexual maturation in children and symptoms generally worsen during menses. IBD is also linked to liver problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, osteoporosis and colon cancer. It is treated with immunosuppressive drugs to control the symptoms, as well as an anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids and in severe cases, surgery may be required.
How can oregano oil relieve Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Wild oregano oil is known for having excellent anti-inflammatory (Landa, et al., 2009) and anti-spasmodic properties. Even though the exact cause of IBD is unknown, offending agents like bacteria, virus and the others triggers the inflammation and wild oregano oil can target all of these by itself. As a matter of fact, the antimicrobial effect of 3 essential oils against common food-borne microorganisms comprising of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, molds and yeast has been done and researchers concluded that the carvacrol and thymol in oregano oil had the strongest antimicrobial effects (Lopez, et al., 2007).
How should oregano oil be used against Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
World-renowned expert in the natural treatment of IBD and author of Listen to your Gut and The IBD Remission Diet Jini Patel Thompson advocates her own Wild Oregano Oil Protocol for people who have IBD with an infectious component.
1. For moderate to severe infection, take 5 drops of wild oregano oil diluted in a carrier oil 5 times a day for 2 weeks on an empty stomach or 3 times a day for a mild infection. After 15 to 20 minutes, take 1 teaspoon of Bentonite Clay diluted in a glass of water once a day for detoxification. If you would like to eat, wait for 20 minutes before doing so.
2. Take 5 drops of diluted wild oregano oil in the morning and in the afternoon on an empty stomach for 2 more weeks. She also recommends taking Probiotics diluted in a glass of room-temperature, filtered water at bedtime for the entire duration of Phase 2 to repopulate the gastrointestinal tract with good bacteria. If you are experiencing diarrhea, you can take Bentonite Clay as needed to relieve it.
3. For severe infection, take 5 drops of diluted wild oregano oil in the morning on an empty stomach and Probiotics at bedtime for 3 months. You can skip this step if you only have mild to moderate infection.
4. The last phase only involves taking Probiotics every morning and before bed on an empty stomach for 3 months.
You should drink 4 to 8 ounces of water after taking the oregano oil. If you still find it difficult to tolerate the diluted oregano oil you can place it in a gel capsule or she suggests filling a medicine dropper with 5 drops, taking a few sips of water and holding it at the back of your throat, placing the 5 drops, swallowing it then follow it up with lots of water. Be careful not to touch the medicine dropper to your mouth, tongue or mucous membranes or it will burn it.
Wild oregano oil should not be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under 5. The dosage can be adjusted for children under the age of 12. It is also not recommended if you’re taking at least 3 prescription drugs because this might cause liver toxicity. To be safe, please consult your doctor if you are taking medication and supplements to avoid unwanted drug interactions.
Oregano oil is a highly effective natural product that can treat or relieve various illnesses in different parts of the body. A lot of people have tried it and experienced good results. If you’re suffering from Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s disease, you may find the relief that you’ve been hoping for by following this wild oregano oil protocol.
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.
Lopez P., Sanchez C., Batlle R. and Nerin C. Vapor-phase activities of cinnamon, thyme, and oregano oils and key constituents against foodborne microorganisms. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. 2007; 55(11): 4348-4356.