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Why do people take oregano oil?

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There are many claims about the uses of oregano oil. But there is little evidence to suggest that it is effective for any condition.

For example, oregano oil is often marketed for the treatment of intestinal parasites and the symptoms that go with it, such as:

  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

From: Oregano WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Illinois Extension: "Herb Gardening: Oregano."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Oregano Oil."

Force, M. , 2000. Phytotherapy Research

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Oregano."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Candida/Yeast Hypersensitivity Syndrome."

Government Printing Office: "Substances Generally Recognized as Safe."

Georgetown University Medical Center: "Oregano."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 12, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Illinois Extension: "Herb Gardening: Oregano."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Oregano Oil."

Force, M. , 2000. Phytotherapy Research

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Oregano."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Candida/Yeast Hypersensitivity Syndrome."

Government Printing Office: "Substances Generally Recognized as Safe."

Georgetown University Medical Center: "Oregano."

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 12, 2017

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