The Most Potent Essential Oil for Candida Caused Acne – Oregano Oil
You know it as the best Mediterranean seasoning in your pizza, but what you didn’t know is that Oregano is also a potent medicinal herb and oil with antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
If pizza (with white flour dough and unhealthy refined oil) should be avoided should you want to cure your acne, Oregano oil is actually highly recommended as it kills both any bacteria and yeast that may be the underlying cause of acne. Yes, Oregano oil is a powerful natural antibiotic and antifungal at the same time! You kill two birds with one stone, so to say.
Keep reading to find out more what Oregano oil is, how it helps in treating acne and how you can use it in your skin care regimen and health.
What is Oregano Essential Oil?
Oregano, scientifically known as Origanum vulgare, is related to the very scented and highly used mint and marjoram. Its name, “origanum”, comes from Greek and it means “the beauty of the mountain”. Oregano is a perennial herb with purple inflorescences that grows in the Mediterranean region. It has a bitter, spicy, astringent, sweet taste and it has been used for centuries as a spice and in the traditional medicine.
Oregano oil is distilled from the leaves and flowers of the plant. It contains many potent volatile components, such as polyphenols, flavones, monoterpenes, monoterpenoids, thymol, carvacrol, and has many therapeutic properties.
Thymol – is a natural antiseptic, fungicide, antioxidant, strengthens the immune system, and speeds up healing.
Carvacrol – is one of the most potent volatile components of Oregano oil that acts against Candida and has antimicrobial, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antihepatotoxic, hepatoprotective, analgesic properties.
Terpenes – has antibacterial properties
Rosmarinic acid – it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antihistaminic properties.
Beta-caryophyllin – has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Oregano oil has shown antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, anticarcinogenic, antiseptic properties.
Scientifically proven to treat many diseases and illnesses, Oregano oil is recommended for respiratory problems, inflammations, infections, digestive problems (bloating, IBS, intestinal parasites, heartburn, abdominal cramps, stomach aches), allergies, asthma, urinary infections, vaginal infections, sinus, cold, and skin problems (acne, athlete’s foot, dandruff, oily skin, rosacea, psoriasis).
You can find Oregano oil in liquid form in bottles with a dropper or as gel capsules for internal use.
Why is Oregano Oil Good for Acne, especially Candida-caused Acne?
Oregano oil is a powerful natural, vegetal-based antibiotic which has also antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is the perfect candidate to treat Candida infection, bacterial infection, acne, and inflammation.
A study done at the Georgetown University Medical Center in 2001 and published in Molecular and Cell Biochemistry Journal revealed that only 0.25 ml of Oregano oil can stop the growth of Candida albicans colonies and they recommended a daily oral administration.
More studies supported these findings, showing that Oregano oil is a natural, safe, alternative, antifungal treatment against Candida.
Killing a fungus is difficult, medicine will tell you. However, Oregano oil not only kills candida, but it also provides many vitamins and nutrients that strengthen the immune system and the defense mechanisms of the body. This way, the body can fight back itself and combat the candida infection and the other bad effects it has on the body.
Moreover, it is a powerful antioxidant and it will help your body recover and regenerate in the process of getting rid of Candida.
How to Use Oregano Oil to Help Acne?
Oregano oil has everything you need to treat acne and candida together at the same time. It has:
Mix Oregano oil with Aloe vera gel and apply on the acne-affected areas.
Mix Oregano oil with Aloe vera gel (without added sugar) and drink.
1. Steam and Inhale
Add 2-3 drops of Oregano essential oil in a bowl with hot, steaming water. Put a large towel over your head and stay with your head over the vapors (stay at an appreciable distance, so you won’t burn your skin). The volatile oils from the Oregano oil will penetrate your acne-affected skin.
At the same time, you will inhale the volatile oils, which will get into your body, respiratory and digestive tract and will act as an antibiotic, antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory agent against candida and other bacteria, reducing the inflammation and helping your body to regenerate.
Do so 2-3 times a week.
2. Spray and Inhale
Add a couple of Oregano essential oil in a bottle with distilled water with an atomizer. Shake and spray 2-3 puffs into the room, especially in the evening, before going to sleep or at the office. The air will be filled with this great antibiotic, antiseptic, antifungal Oregano essential oils which you will inhale.
Or use an essential oil diffuser to automatically spread the oregano oil in your room and inhale it.
3. DIY Oregano Oil Macerate
It will not be as concentrated as an essential oil, but it is easier to take internally and apply externally, as it is in a diluted and tender form that it will not burn your skin. Basically, you macerate oregano herb in oil for 3-4 weeks in the sun. All the volatile oils and other components of the herb will transfer into the oil and you will be able to use it as it is, without diluting it.
What do you need
1. Fresh or dried oregano herb, chopped
2. Cold processed oil of your choice (Olive oil, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil)
3. Glass jar with lid
How to Do it
Chop the Oregano herb (if you want to use fresh oregano, make sure it is not wet or with dew on it when you put it in the jar. If you pick it from the garden in the morning, spread it on a paper and leave it to dry in the air for a couple of hours).
Fill three-quarters of the jar with the herb, pressing it to the bottom.
Pour the oil over it, until you fill the jar completely.
Put the lid on and place it in the sun or by the window, in a sunny area for 3-4 weeks. Shake the jar every 2-3 days.
Strain the oil from the herb and then place it in a clean jar with lid. Store it in a dark, cool, dry place or in the fridge for up to 1 year.
How to use it
Take 5 drops of macerated oregano oil in a glass of water, in a tablespoon of honey or on a piece of whole grain bread 3 times a day.
Apply topically on the pimples with an ear bud.
Be Aware of the Die Off Symptoms of Candida
When Oregano oil (or another natural remedy or treatment) is used against Candida infection, you will soon see the die off signs:
Headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, muscle or joint pain, cold extremities.
When the colonies of candida die, they release about 80 toxic compounds, including ethanol and acetaldehyde. So, don’t interpret these new symptoms as a problem, they will go away soon, as the massive number of Candida albicans fungi will die and be eliminated from your body along with the toxins.
In this period it is recommended to drink more water (plain water) to help your body flush out the Candida-related toxins.