I took my girls on a trip to NY so I could surprise my oldest friend, my bosom friend, Gabrielle, for her 40th birthday. Traveling with two littles (5 years old and 13 months) was not my dream scenario, but, alas, it was the price to pay for some time with my tribe.
Here we are: nearly THIRTY years difference between the two pictures!!!
Well, with several 3-hour layovers, existing on Goldfish, coffee and a smooshed banana, my expensive double BOB running stroller being snapped in half by what I can only assume was the stomping on of some kind of dinosaur, the explosion of my spray leave-in conditioner and two extremely OVER IT little girls, we’ve had quite an adventure in travels!
Did I bring my oils? Yes. YES, I did. How else could I have gotten through? Time zone changes, a whirlwind of activity and food. Oh the food!Don’t forget, we had seat mates. Like the twenty-something weeping and dry heaving in the seat next to me, the scary mountain man who turned out to be an antique book seller, and a pair of exceedingly unhappy, very tiny twin boys- life is full of color!
And, oh, I am happy to be home. Vetiver and Serenity put me and the girls under for the night and I knew nothing until morning. Thank you, Lord, for doTERRA’s essential oils! It was lovely, wonderful, refreshing, powerful, exciting and soothing to be with family and friends, but nothing matches the warm embrace of a good man who had the house spic-and-span, the feeling clean sheets on your bed and being able to throw your clothes on the floor. HOME.
So, one of my survival oils on this trip was absolutely doTERRA’s OREGANO.
Known as a popular cooking spice, Oregano also acts as a powerful cleansing agent, and offers powerful antioxidants*—extending its uses far beyond the kitchen. We use doTERRA’s Oregano in our home for a number of uses. When the kids are showing symptoms of, well, pretty much anything, I grab three things, first: On Guard, Lemon and Oregano. So, given that we were just around the unwashed masses from the ends of the earth, parts unknown, Oregano got USED. So much used.
This is another everything oil. Like, e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. I mix Oregano in every roller bottle I blend up because it is THAT effective. Hospitals are studying Oregano plants, oils and other forms because they’re looking for non-chemical answers to many of the body’s health issues. This is a “root cause” oil- meaning, the more you use it daily and consistently, the more effective it is at attacking the root cause of a variety of problems.
Get. This. Oil.
Today’s Body, Mind and Spirit connection is to: Oregano.
Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. It’s amazing for all ages. When I say it’s powerful, I am not waxing philosophical. It’s stinking magical, but powerful it is, and it’s hot.
If your skin ever reacts to doTERRA’s oils, it’s not because you’re allergic. In fact, as the largest and most successful essential oil company on the planet, they have the largest consumer database and of the millions of millions of consumers, only .006% of uses experience a reaction when the oils are used properly. However, while most of those are minor skin reactions, they are not the same as an allergic reaction.
Because of its warming tendencies, Oregano should be diluted with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil when applied to the skin because it can be irritating to sensitive skin.
One drop taken daily can help maintain healthy immune function, yes immune function. Awesome for keeping your system strong, resilient and able to resist and fight what life will glob onto your body. It’s almost winter, meaning enclosed spaces, people who don’t wash their hands or cover their months and all things communicable. Be on guard!
Oregano can be taken more frequently when seasonal threats are high or as needed to further support the immune system. In addition to being a popular cooking spice, Oregano also supports healthy digestion. Totally drink this in water. A drop a day!
Oregano also acts as an enhancer and equalizer in essential oil blends and can help support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.
- Take one drop daily to maintain healthy immune function.*
- Add one to two drops to a veggie capsule to support healthy respiratory function.*
- Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
- Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to desired area.
- Great for preserving cottage cheese
- Perfect for soups, bread dips, sauces, and all kinds of cooking
The primary chemical components of Oregano are carvacol and thymol, both in the phenols group, which possess cleansing and antioxidant properties. Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed. For Oregano, a little goes a LONG way. And it’s anti- — well, everything.
An article in the June 2015 issue of the scientific journal Inflammation suggests that carvacrol may help support the body’s normal immune response to inflammatory stressors. An immune system under stress can sometimes overproduce inflammatory molecules, which can lead to adverse effects throughout the body. For example, when we undergo acute bouts of intense exercise, we trigger a natural inflammatory response. Carvacrol, a main chemical component of both Oregano and Thyme essential oils, may help assist the body’s normal immune system response to such stressors. (read more here).
Know what? It’s super affordable too: $24 (wholesale) for 250 applications (!!) Using one drop each day gives you almost an entire year of using it! For $15.75 (wholesale) you can get doTERRA’s Oregano TOUCH, which comes already diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil, perfect for those with sensitive skin. Apply to the bottoms of feet to deliver the benefits of Oregano essential oil or rub on skin or nails for its immune supportive effects. doTERRA Oregano Touch delivers the purifying benefits of Oregano essential oil in a gentle formula and convenient roll-on applicator.
Our intestines have important digestive and immune-system supporting functions. The small intestine is a principal site of food digestion and absorption of nutrients. It has villi, or tiny projections that increase the surface area of the intestine, to maximize the absorption of nutrients. Taking supplemental Oregano essential oil was found to increase the height of these villi, in an experimental study. Supplemental Oregano essential oil was also found to increase the integrity of the intestinal barrier.
Want more? Brazilian researchers reported (September 2015) that, at least in the cases they were looking at, Oregano and Peppermint oil worked better when used together. “Synergism” is a term that describes what happens when different substances work together to form a combined effect that is greater than the effects of the individual substances on their own.
Jesus gives us a perfect example of Synergism in the Bible when He said, in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, in My name, I am there among them.” — what this means is: There is power in numbers. When people come together, united in purpose, the world is changed.
Ecclesiastes 4 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
So, I went to NY (where I was born and raised) to visit a friend I’ve had for over 30 years of my life. That’s a lot of synergism. As we told stories to friends at her party, I was awed by just how much we’ve been through. We’ve watched each other’s children be born. We’ve cried, laughed, argued, held secrets, encouraged, played, tried new things, made mistakes and survived- together.
I hope you have a friend like that!
Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” If you don’t, Jesus is the Friend you’ve been longing for.
He said in John 15 that we, His people, are His friends. He willingly went to the cross to be the sacrifice for our sins. If THAT isn’t a friend, what is?! The entire Bible is a testimony of the love of God, as revealed through His Son, Jesus. Turn into that relationship. Explore it. Make mistakes. Challenge it. Cry, laugh, pour out your heart to Him.
Yes, you’re amazing, but with God, you’re unstoppable.
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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.