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Comparison - garlic vs. oil of oregano?
Started by Mom in Calif
Posted: February 6, 2010 at 19:01
Have any of you compared the two - garlic versus oil of oregano?

We take Allibiotic CF but have never used the more expensive versions of pure garlic extract. However, we've used oil of oregano topically (with care, since it can burn!) and have just started taking oil of oregano capsules internally. Taking the oil internally seems very effective, especially for our son, who was experiencing some breakthrough pimples after about a month clear on supplements alone.

It sounds to me like the two natural plant extracts have similar antibiotic properties. Both strong, both need to be used with care topically...Oil of oregano has the advantage of being available at the health food store. Raw garlic of course you can work with at home (thank you for your tips, Bob) but it does come with garlic odor, which I don't mind :) but my husband complains...! The garlic that is advertised with fervor all over the internet (...stabilized purified patented only from one source) seems so expensive. Any thoughts, anyone?
Re: Comparison - garlic vs. oil of oregano?
Reply #1 by Nancy R
Posted: February 6, 2010 at 22:27
I have only used the concentrated Oreganol, but it is really good stuff.
I was about to be hit with another yeast infection a few days ago and nipped that in the bud by taking some capsules that I filled with 3 drops of Oreganol. I had a coated tongue and didn't want it to progress to the lower 40. So far, so good.
Re: Comparison - garlic vs. oil of oregano?
Reply #2 by Bob Anderson
Posted: February 9, 2010 at 06:00
Mom in Calif -

I don't know much about oregano but I know about garlic and I'll be happy to share a little information with you.

All forms of garlic that you eat, including raw garlic and garlic pills and oils, have what I call secondary benefits in that they build up the immune system and such but do not actively fight the infectious process itself, only crushed raw garlic does that and then only if you can get it to the site of the infection.

There is no serious questioning the fact that crushed raw garlic kills staph and that staph can't become immune to it; the problem is getting it to the site of the infection, which is easy to do if the site of the infection is on or near the surface. If it is deeply submerged, that is another matter.

The art comes in finding creative ways to get the allicin to the where it's needed. It's a battle you have to fight all by yourself because there are no FDA protocols outlining its usage and there are not expected to be any time soon.

Garlic water is the most practical approach because garlic retains its antibiotic punch even when quite diluted; it's just not as strong diluted as it is straight but what is? You can gargle with it, you can use it in douches and enemas and you can even bathe in it and get it into your system through your skin. You can chug-a-lug garlic water to get a flush of allicin into the blood stream – that’ll actually give you a little buzz.

Crushed raw garlic damages cells; that's what it does and that's what makes it a killer of bacteria and why bacteria cannot become immune to it. The idea is to get this substance into contact with the staph in sufficient concentration to kill the staph while doing little or no damage to the surrounding body cells. What little damage crushed raw garlic does to the skin is easily repaired by natural body defenses; the problem is the burning sensation that is felt when it is applied directly to a lesion. Just breathing in the fumes does wonders for bacterial lung infections.

It burns fiercely for about a minute and then dissipates and when it does, the lesion is already on the way to healing. It burns for only a minute but it makes you want to scream it’s so hot. If applied and left there until the burning sensation goes away, it will be more effective than any other way. A topical anesthesia might be helpful, I don’t know but I wouldn’t apply one if it would prevent the allicin from getting into direct contact with the lesion. I have come to look upon it as a short pain I must endure in order to alleviate a long term period of suffering – deferred gratification. Healing is rapid and complete when dealing with a localized outbreak.

The garlic water has little or no burn but it takes longer and more treatments to work. I would dilute it no more than necessary to reduce the burn – it doesn’t make ordinary skin burn, only the lesion.

Re: Comparison - garlic vs. oil of oregano?
Reply #3 by Bryan N. - back2nature
Posted: February 28, 2012
I personally have not used garlic; however, a couple summers ago after
a lake house trip, I noticed multiple red puss bumps all over my legs
and thighs. Over time I ignored them and attributed it to ingrown
hairs or something of that nature. Little did I know, I have caught
staph, and not just staph but MRSA. months went by as I fought this
awful skin disease. I was in constant fear, worry and pain. It got so
bad at one point that I almost had to be hospitalized. I was given
every antibiotic in the book and finally one worked called
clindamyacin. however, i noticed, even after taking this antibiotic,
that it would periodically come back which scared me even more:
meaning that the disease was gaining tolerance to this "super"
antibiotic. My mom one day found oil of oregano. I began putting the
oil directly on the pussy bumps. Not only did the MRSA bumps heal and
dissapear within 24-48 hrs, but I also noticed an immediate relief
from the itching, burning and pain caused by the puss pockets. If
there is ever a doubt in your mind oil of oregano doesn't work let me
tell you to reconsider that thought! I have never seen a RX prescribed
medicine work as effectively as this natural herbal oil with virtually
no side effects. the only negative side effect I've ever personally experienced is nausea and stomach ache when I take the daily pill
supplement on an empty stomach. However, as long as I eat a meal
before I take it, the only negative effect is burping up the slight
taste of oregano which is minuscule compared to its benefits. To this
day, I still use oreganol for just about anything. Its most effective
use is direct contact to skin ailments, but this oil is a modern day
miracle that medical companies should definitely consider a closer
look at it.
Re: Comparison - garlic vs. oil of oregano?
Reply #4 by A wise young women
Posted: November 5, 2012 at 22:30
I think Garlic and WILD Orgeno Oil is both great... I use Wild Orgeno Oil for a severe toothache and my pain was going within a few seconds... I keep treating myself with the Wild Oregeno Oil and I ate a raw garlic too.... It works!!!!!! I am a true convinced this stuff works...
Re: Comparison - garlic vs. oil of oregano?
Reply #5 by Bob Anderson
Posted: November 6, 2012 at 14:56
Everything I said in the above post dated February 9, 2010 is true and correct; However I DO NOT RECOMMEND USING CRUSHED RAW GARLIC WITHOUT DILUTING IT IN WATER. The reason is when applied direct and undiluted, it can cause second degree burns. Some people are more sensitive to it than others and some people leave the undiluted garlic on too long and suffer burns.

This information was posted before I discovered some people are extra sensitive to it and that it could produce burns as well as a burning sensation. As a result, I urge those who wish to try it to dilute it in water so that it neither produces a burning sensation nor an actual burn.

The allicin produced by crushing natural(non-irradiated)raw garlic still kills all bacteria on contact even when diluted to over 100,000 parts of water to one part of allicin so it does not have to be applied full strength and should not be applied undiluted. Furthermore, crushed raw garlic (crg) should be diluted because in concentration it can kill so many impurities in the body that it takes the body longer to filter them out and it can result in a Herxheimer's type effect which makes one feel bad until the liver filters out the impurities.


Please read all of the garlic posts in this forum in order to better understand it but please keep the above information in mind, after all, it is your own comfort and well being that is at stake.

Most store-bought garlic is from China and has been irradiated to prevent sprouting but the radiation not only kills the sprout but also kills the enzyme, alliinase, which triggers the chemical reaction that results in the formation of the allicin, which is the compound that is the antimicrobial. Fortunately, it is eqasy to tell whether a garlic has been irradiated in that it will not have a tiny growing sprout deep inside each clove like normal natural garlic. If you break a clove away from a bulb and tear it apart looking for a sprout and do not find one, it has been irradiated and has no antimicrobial properties. It isn't hot to the taste when raw either.

My purpose in posting here is to help people help themselves. First, do no harm to yourself. I hope this helps.

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