Oregano oil is very beneficial and has several uses. It works well as a natural antibiotic and research has shown that it can help foot and nail fungus problems, sinus infections, respiratory problems, urinary tract infections, cold sores, and more. It can also help kill parasites and infections. It can be used topically and can also be used internally.
It is very strong and can sting when taken by mouth... and it tastes... very strong. One time when I had strep, a friend suggested that I put a couple of drops in the back of my throat, so I did. I thought I was going to die! It was horrible! I choked, my throat hurt, I coughed, tears came to my eyes and it was hard to recover. It really did help the sore throat though... although I did wonder if the cure was worse than the problem. :)
I did have to admit that it did work... and work quite quickly.... it helped me to get rid of strep which can linger quite a while, normally. I have learned to appreciate oregano oil very much... and we do use it. However, I never take it by the drops any more.
The next morning, as Son #1 was up very early getting ready for work and I was working in the kitchen while he ate breakfast, I told him the "funny story" from the night before. Son #1 plays things pretty "cool" and he was sure his dad and brother had just exaggerated, since he was sure it couldn't be "that" bad. He was eating his cereal and wasn't very talkative... he was still tired... but he said he would take it since he also had a sore throat. I again gave 3 warnings and advised the capsule, but no, he was determined to do the "manly" thing and knew HE would have no problem with it.
I finally went ahead and gave him a couple of drops in his mouth... and there was no reaction. Wow, I was shocked. He just took another bite of his cereal. I did notice his eyes seemed to water a bit, but I didn't want to embarrass him, so said nothing. I have to admit I was pretty impressed that the reaction was so small... like I said, he plays things "cool". I turned my back and went to the other side of the kitchen and heard a loud sharp burp that he couldn't stop and I turned to look at him. He looked embarrassed and I realized he WAS having a bit of trouble with the oregano oil, but I didn't point it out. He finished breakfast very calmly and went to work, leaving me still impressed that he really didn't have much trouble with it. Wow, I was shocked at his pretty much "non-reaction"... I was sure it would bother him, but guessed I had been wrong.
A couple of hours later, Son #2 had to go to the same job site as Son #1 and it is nice when the guys can work together. Son #2 called me after a bit and said that the first thing Son #1 said to him when he got there was, "I think Mom is trying to kill us!" Apparently, it bothered him a lot more than he let on. We laughed over it... and we continue to laugh over this. Son #1 hadn't said ANYTHING to me about it... he acted like it was no big deal at all! :) Sons #3 and 4 also had sore throats and were offered oregano oil. I asked if they wanted it the "manly" way. They both had watched or heard about their dad and brothers' reactions and they both agreed that they wanted it the "SMART" way, which is in the capsule! Now, we all take it in a capsule.
One thing that was so funny about all of this story is that all 3 of the guys had 3 warnings and all of them had to prove they were tough enough to do this. I love it that they are all so similar and that they have all been able to laugh at themselves over this and that we all agreed that pride is not a good thing. :)
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