A member of the mint family (Labiatae) oil of oregano is not what you put on your pizza sauce. Found in the Mediterranean, medicinal grade oregano (for example, Origanum vulgare and Origanum majorana) is distilled to extract the essential oil and to preserve its curative prowess. Taking over 1000 pounds of wild oregano to produce just 1 pound of oil, it has been precious commodity for over 2,500 years in folk medicine expanding the globe.
The predominant phenol, carvacol, is arguably the most important component explaining why oregano essential oil is so potent. Over 800 studies reference carvacol in PubMed, the world’s #1 database for scientific peer-reviewed literature, which emphasizes that research is quite supportive of its healing capacity. To give you a sense of what we mean, carvacol has been proven to reverse or reduce:
Apoptosis (cell death)