Can Oil of Oregano Cause Digestive Distress?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: February 14, 2005

I am a 55 yr. old very healthy female. My question is that I have horrible gastric problems, foul smelling gas and bloating. I have had every test imaginable and there is nothing medically wrong with me. Can it be the oil of oregano? I am at the end of my rope. A also take calcium supplements and I have tried them all, they seem to cause some gas distress. I hope you can shed light on my problem. I chew fennel seeds constantly to eliminate the gas, but doesn’t really help a lot. What do you think? I have always eaten a high fiber diet, so my body should be accustomed to that by now.

Definitely, the oil of oregano can be the cause of your digestive distress. It is a very strong oil that irritates mucous membranes. Please see our website at www.richters.com for more information. Choose Q&A from the main menu, then enter the word "oregano" for the search.

Calcium supplements should be taken in powdered form and then mixed with food. If this still causes digestive distress, please see our website for natural sources of calcium. Enter the word "calcium" for the search.

I recommend that you take slippery elm bark powder for a few weeks to soothe your digestive tract. This is a very safe, nutritive herb. Make sure that you take the powder, not pills or capsules. It is especially effective when taken at night, so that it can protect the intestinal lining while you sleep.

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