Coconut Oil or Oregano Oil? Which is best?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by jadibeler, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. jadibeler

    jadibeler New Member

    Which of these oils would be best for treatment of Candida? Oregano Oil can be put on the skin for external fungus - will Coconut Oil work the same way? I'm trying to decide between the two.

    JoAnn
  2. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    I am not familiar with the Coconut oil, but I do use the Oil of Oregano put out by the North American co. I can't take it internally (it burns my throat), but I have been using it under my nose (don't laugh) to stop from catching infections, viruses, colds etc. for two years now. I have not gotten a virus of any kind since doing this! It sounds crazy, but it does work.

    It is an antiviral, antibacterial Oil, and it works like wearing a 'mask' when I am around people!

    That is all that I use it for, as I for some reason cannot even use it under the tongue without choaking. I know it is absorbed through the skin just live Cod Liver Oil!

    I know others will help with the Coconut Oil, and the Candidia.

    Good luck!

    Shalom, Shirl
  3. averilpam

    averilpam New Member

    I use it, but I can't remember offhand how useful it may be for Candida,
    if you put 'organic virgin coconut oil' into a search engine you'll get the best sites for information on it's uses for health (it's mainly otherwise used on the skin, in cosmetics etc)
    pam
  4. tansy

    tansy New Member

    it seems to have become more popular over the years as a candida treatent. Caprylic acid is the antifungal consituent in coconut oil and it's probably more effective taken as a supp than using the coconut oil.
    Here's some info in each if them for you and anyone else interested.

    CAPRYLIC ACID

    Caprylic acid is a fatty acid that has antifungal properties. It is produced by the body in small quantities and can be extracted from plant fats, such as coconut oil and palm oil. Nutritionally oriented doctors commonly recommend taking caprylic acid in supplement form for Candida overgrowth syndrome.
    Candida is a yeast that naturally resides in relatively small numbers within the gastrointestinal tract, along with various bacteria. Problems can arise, however, when the balance between this yeast and the bacteria gets upset by the use of antibiotics, a condition that nutritionally oriented doctors call Candida overgrowth syndrome. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, depression, and repeated vaginal yeast infections are some of the symptoms of Candida overgrowth. Restoring a normal balance of microorganisms in the body involves eliminating excess Candida and making dietary changes that encourage healthy microflora within the digestive tract. Somewhat dated but intriguing research studies have found that caprylic acid interferes with Candida's growth and replication. However, there are no recent data or clinical trials to support this finding. Since caprylic acid is so quickly absorbed through the intestines and delivered into the bloodstream, it's best to take a timed-release or enteric-coated form of the supplement. Doing this enables the active ingredient to be released gradually, so it can do its work throughout the entire length of the intestinal tract.
    A three-to-four month course of caprylic acid is typical. The usual recommended dosage is 1,000 to 2,000 mg three times a day with meals. However, most nutritionally oriented physicians suggest that you start with a smaller dose (500 mg once or twice a day) and then slowly increase your dose by adding one capsule every two to three days until you reach the full recommended dose. This is to prevent symptoms of "yeast die-off," a harmless but uncomfortable flulike sensation that can occur when large amounts of Candida are eliminated at one time. Caprylic acid supplements can be used with other natural or prescription antifungal medicines.
    There are no known drug or nutrient interactions with caprylic acid.
    Avoid caprylic acid if you have an inflammatory bowel condition such as ulcerative colitis.
    Side effects are rare, but reports of mild stomach upset and headaches have been associated with caprylic acid. To avoid these reactions, take caprylic acid with meals.


    OREGANO OIL

    The leaves and flowering tops of more than two dozen fragrant plant species are endowed with a distinctive mildly minty flavor widely recognized as the herb oregano. The most popular of the Origanum species in North America is Origanum vulgare, otherwise known as European oregano or origanum. It's actually a member of the mint family (Labiatae). The leaves of the oregano plant provide a mild spicy taste that lends itself well to pizza toppings and pasta salads.
    Aside from its use as a culinary flavoring, the oregano plant also provides a concentrated aromatic oil with distinct healing properties. Texts from ancient times indicate the oil was used as a remedy for seizures and narcotic poisonings, albeit with unknown results.
    The essential oil distilled from oregano contains varying amounts of thymol and carvacrol, compounds that can apparently inhibit the growth of fungi, worms, and possibly other organisms. In fact, some sources even recommend rubbing a drop or two of oregano oil into an area that is itching due to athlete's foot, a common condition caused by the Tinea versicolor fungus. Mild stomach-settling and cough-clearing qualities are attributed to oregano oil; they are likely due to the presence of thymol and carvacrol as well. (Another common culinary herb--thyme--also contains high concentrations of these compounds.) A drop or two of oregano oil mixed with milk or juice may well calm an upset stomach and aid digestion. Disease-fighting antioxidants have been identified in oregano, although it's not clear whether they appear in the oil as well as in the leaves and other above-ground parts of the plant. Oregano oil has been used as an antiseptic in hand cleansers and shampoos, and as a remedy for headaches when rubbed into the temples.
    Specifically, oil of oregano may help to:
    Alleviate toothaches. Diluted oregano oil rubbed gently into inflamed and aching gums around an ailing tooth may ease pain. The oregano oil may even help to stave off infection given its slight antiseptic properties.
    Fight Candida overgrowth syndrome. Some nutritionally oriented doctors enlist oregano oil's antifungal actions to fight this syndrome, a condition believed to be caused by an imbalance in the body's fungi and bacteria levels. Be sure to check out our Dosage Recommendations Chart for Oregano Oil, which lists therapeutic dosages for specific ailments at a glance. Dosage Information
    For toothache: Dilute oregano oil in a small amount of water and dab onto the painful area three or four times a day, as needed for discomfort.
    For Candida overgrowth syndrome: Place three drops of oregano oil into an empty gelatin capsule or mix the same amount of oil into juice and take three times a day. Several weeks of continuous use may be required for the anti-fungal properties of oil of oregano to clear up a deep-seated Candida infection.
    Guidelines for Use
    Try to purchase high-quality oregano oil because the concentration of its active ingredients can vary widely. Oil of oregano may reduce the absorption of iron from iron supplements, so take the oregano oil at least two hours before or after consuming iron supplements. Possible Side Side effects are minimal. However, allergic reactions to oregano oil and even a sensitivity to plants in the Labiatae family (thyme, basil, hyssop, marjoram, mint, sage) can occur. Stop taking oregano oil (and any form of oregano) if signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction develop (these may include facial swelling, skin rash, itching, nausea, vomiting, and other symptoms)
    Talk to your doctor before taking oregano oil internally if you suffer from iron-deficiency anemia; the oregano might make your condition worse by inhibiting the absorption of iron from foods and supplements.

    Love

    Tansy



  5. ehamilton

    ehamilton New Member

    Essential oils of various plants also
    have been shown to be antifungal, including
    thyme, cloves, cinnamon, and oregano.44 A recent
    in vitro evaluation of essential oil of
    oregano (Oreganum vulgare) showed the minimum
    inhibitory concentration against C.
    albicans to be <0.1µg per ml. In contrast, the
    minimum inhibitory concentration for a mixture
    of the calcium and magnesium salts of
    caprylic acid was <0.5 mg per ml, indicating
    that caprylates are significantly less potent antifungals
    than essential oil of oregano.45 Although
    no clinical studies have been published
    supporting their use in GIC, essential oils are
    recommended by some practitioners based on
    clinical experience.


    Edited; to remove URL by Moderator

  6. jadibeler

    jadibeler New Member

    I'm going to look for the oil of oregano next time I get in to the healthfood store. But since there are so many inferior quailty brands out there, it may take me a while to find the really pure Wild Oregano. The Wolf's site on the internet sells one that purports to be the most powerful, so I may end up just ordering that one.

    However, I think I'll go ahead and get the coconut oil from Tropical Traditions to cook with.

    JoAnn
  7. tulip922s

    tulip922s New Member

    I'm a big fan of a product called Yeast Cleanse,,,contains:
    Caprylic Acid, Pau D'Arco, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Garlic, Licorice Root and Tea Tree Oil. Tulip