Using Oil of Oregano with Flaxseed Oil
by Kavita (India)
Hello, I have been advised by someone to use dandelion and burdock root powder for my skin problems (inflammation, spongiotic dermatitis). After searching more, I found out flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil are good for it. Reading about oil of oregano, I feel like trying it along with all these other things. Can you suggest if it’s okay to use all of them and whether or not there are any harmful effects of using all of these together.
If I’m using a product for the first time, I believe in using only one product at a time to assess the effects. Using too many at the same time may make it hard to determine which product is producing any benefits.
There have been no documented studies indicating any danger to using Oil of Oregano with flaxseed oil. However, using the other products may result in some possible side effects.
Burdock root powder is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to purify the blood and fight skin disease such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. While this herb has been used for hundreds of years, there’s apparently not much documented research on its actual effects on the human body.
Information about Burdock root on the University of Maryland Medical Center web page indicates there are some precautions to look out for from burdock root.
Some of these precautions include:
- People with sensitivities to daisies, chrysanthemums or ragweed may be allergic to burdock root.
- Avoid burdock root if you’re dehydrated as burdock root is reported to have diuretic effects.
- Pregnant or nursing mothers should avoid burdock root as it may cause damage to the fetus.
- Possible contamination with a similar looking plants called belladonna or nightshade; both potentially dangerous herbs.
Flaxseed oil contain omega 3 fatty acids which may offer some anti-inflammatory effects in the body. However, fish oils may offer more benefits as it contains both Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), whereas flaxseed oil only contains alpha linolenic acid (AHA). Your body needs to take the ALA and convert it to EPA and DHA in your body, which scientists believe it can be a rather inefficient process.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) says evening primrose oil may have benefits for eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and breast pain. Possible side effects may include stomach upset and headache. Here’s more info from the NIH on evening primrose oil.
You get find a number of evening primrose products at your local health food store as well as online. Amazon.com has a variety of products to choose from such as Barleans Organic Evening Primrose Oil. Good luck and I hope this information is helpful.