Which type of oregano do you need? Either ‘Origanum vulgare’, or ‘Thymus capitatus’, which mostly grows in Spain. It is very important to make sure the ‘Oil of Oregano’ is derived from these two kinds. It also has to have the (active CARVACROL concentration of 70% or more. (see below)
Oregano oil contains four main groups of chemicals which are active healing agents.
1. Phenols including carvacrol and thymol. They act as antiseptics and antioxidants.
2. Terpenes including pinene and terpinene. They possess antiseptic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties.
3. Linalool and bonreol are two long-chain alcohols found in oregano oil. They exhibit antiviral and antiseptic properties.
4. Esters include linalyl acetate and geranyl acetate. They exhibit antifungal properties.
Although all these compounds possess healing properties, the most significant primary compound found in oregano oil is CARVACRO. Research has proved carvacrol to be a very effective antibiotic.