Carvacrol is an ingredient that has strong antibacterial properties. It is effective against most bacteria that cause colon and urinary tract infections, typhus, cholera, ulcer and skin infections.
Carvacrol may not be a widely recognized household name, but its source – oregano, probably is. As it turns out, oregano offers more than a pleasant taste; research has shown that carvacrol, its active ingredient, offers a wide range of health benefits; including protective effects for the liver, antioxidant, activity against harmful organisms, allergy and protects against aging.
Origanum minutiflorum (wild oregano) contains 80-90% of carvacrol
Origanum vulgare and Origanum onites contain 30-60% carvacrol, while Origanum minutiflorum contains as much as 80-90% of this active ingredient. Due to the high content of carvacrol Origanum minutiflorum is most commonly used for healing oil.
Oregano has been used as a medicinal herb in folk medicine for a long time in history – as a natural antibiotic, an exfoliant and bronchodilator, cramps, sinusitis (especially chronic), sore throat, unspecific ear infections, colds, viroze, flu, nose and urinary bladder inflammation.
Numerous studies have been conducted of oregano on bacteria and other microorganisms. There are over 50 species of oregano. The most popular is wild oregano that can not be cultivated. Of these 50 species of oregano, 30 are growing in Turkey, of which 15 are endemic (only succeed in Turkey). Of all types of oregano, the three species are the most exotic: Origanum vulgare, Origanum onites and Origanum minutiflorum.