Oregano Oil Kills Bacteria by Disrupting Their Cell Membranes

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
By: Byron J. Richards,
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Oregano oil is well documented as a potent germ killing compound that can be used to naturally enhance immune support in times of need. Its active component is called carvacrol. Research shows oregano oil1 to be effective against all Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria tested. It works by disrupting the cell membrane of the bacteria.

When a bacterial cell comes in contact with carvacrol its cell membrane is significantly altered. This is like knocking out the deflector screen of the Starship Enterprise. Once the cell membrane has been damaged, (i.e., the shield has been lowered), then an influx of various compounds like calcium can readily kill the bacteria. 

Unlike medical antibiotics, oregano oil is not toxic to human cells, nor does it promote an overproduction of Candida albicans (a digestive yeast). Rather, it helps keep Candida in check.


Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Oregano Oil’s Antibacterial Mechanism  Res Microbiol.  La Storia A, Ercolini D, Marinello F, Di Pasqua R, Villani F, Mauriello G.

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