Neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation...
Inflammation is a normal immune response that occurs as a result of illness or injury. However, chronic inflammation is believed to contribute to the development of diseases like heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.
Oregano is rich in antioxidants, which can help neutralize free radicals and reduce inflammation. It also contains compounds like carvacrol that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. In one animal study, carvacrol reduced swelling in the paws of mice by up to 57%.
Another animal study showed that a mixture of thyme and oregano essential oils reduced the number of inflammatory markers in mice with colitis, or an inflamed colon. Remember that these studies looked at the effects of oregano and its components in highly concentrated amounts.
Studies are needed to determine how a normal dose could affect inflammation in humans.