With a Full-Spectrum Fermented Oregano Blend, Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend, Organic Ashwagandha Extract and an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Oregano is specially formulated to support a healthy microbial balance and a healthy immune system.
Oregano is an outstanding culinary and health-promoting herb that has been used for thousands of years. Not only does oregano provide flavor for food, but it has also been noted for its antioxidant power and for its microbial-balancing benefits.†
In fact, oregano has strong phenol antioxidants that can favorably balance out the microbial forces. And know this: oregano is a powerhouse antioxidant, with four times the antioxidant power of blueberries, 12 times the antioxidant power of oranges and 42 times the antioxidant power of apples. Plus, one-half teaspoon can pack as much antioxidant power as three cups of fresh spinach! It ranks high by the USDA, too, with an antioxidant potential between 3 to 20 times higher than any other herb.
Two of the most important components of oregano are rosmarinic acid and thymol, both of which are powerful antioxidant compounds that not only can fight free radicals, but can also help support a healthy immune system.† Plus, rosmarinic acid can help support healthy cells.
Likewise, oregano has microbial-balancing components—thymol and carvacrol—which can help with healthy microbial balance, with carvacrol also acting as a major phenol antioxidant. Oregano also naturally contains a slightly stimulating agent that can positively influence microbial balance so that the body can keep its equilibrium.
Oregano also contains pinene (healthy microbial balance), limonene (cellular health support; immune support), ocimene (healthy microbial balance) and caryophyllene (healthy microbial balance).
All combined, oregano helps to support microbial balance, while helping to support a healthy immune system.
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Oregano also contains ashwagandha in the form of Organic Ashwagandha Extract (Root and Leaf). Ashwagandha is well-known for its rich history in health-supporting benefits, including being an amazing stress buster. However, ashwagandha is also an immune supporter and microbial balancer. And there’s incredible stress-busting power in the clinically studied organic ashwagandha in Fermented Oregano.
In addition to the immune-supporting and microbial-balancing benefits of ashwagandha, it can:
Here’s the truth: microbes—good, bad and “ugly”—have been around much longer than humans have been, and they’re not going anywhere soon. In fact, microbes make up our microbiome and are constantly changing due to diet, lifestyle, environment and more.
So, get a handle on microbial balance, while supporting immune system health, with Ancient Apothecary Fermented Oregano.†
Combined with the bioavailability-boosting, nutrient-absorbing, digestion-supporting, and healthy circulation, metabolism and energy benefits of the Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend PLUS the digestion- and liver-supporting and bioavailability-boosting benefits of the Organic Fermented Botanical Blend AND the power of clinically studied Ashwagandha, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Oregano is a microbial balancer like none other.
Microbes: The Good, Bad and “Ugly”
Our world is full of microbes. There’s no escaping it. Some are beneficial, some are not-so beneficial, while others are downright nasty and threatening. In fact, even our bodies are hosts to a myriad of microbes—good, bad and “ugly”—called the microbiome. But don’t underestimate the microbiome’s microbial mojo. It’s 50 billion bacteria strong, living on the skin, in the mouth, nose, intestines and more, and has an enormous impact on human health. It’s massive, intricate, personal and complex all at once, and keeping it healthy can help keep you healthy.
Truth be told, anything that alters the microbiome can adversely affect the immune system as well as the bacteria in the microbiome because bacteria interact with the body. For example, gut bacteria communicate with the neurons of the immune system (and up to 80 percent of immune cells are housed in the gut), directing them to be at attention, to be strong and to protect the body. They also play a role in healthy detoxification, intestinal health, metabolic health, mood health and much more.
You see? Microbes—including bacteria, viruses and fungi—and their balance are MACRO important for health. But the microbiome is in nearly constant flux due to diet, lifestyle, environment, contact with others and more. Here’s a prime example: in one study, within hours, microbes found in a hospital room’s surfaces quickly found their way to patients’ skin, but at approximately 24 hours, the patients’ microbes attempted to take over the hospital room. The longer the stay in the hospital, the more the two microbial camps melded together to create equilibrium.
This highlights that we are constantly exchanging and interacting with the microbial world around us, and that could be either good or bad news, depending on the microbes.
Modern-Day Microbial Mayhem: Balancing Out Bacteria, Viruses, Fungi and Protozoa
Modern-day living has its benefits, but it is also known for some microbial mayhem—everything from “bad’ bacteria, “vexing” viruses, “funky” fungi and even pesky protozoa or parasites. The truth is that we can’t avoid microbes. They’re a part of our lives. But we can know more about them and help tilt the microbial scales in our favor through intentional dietary and lifestyle steps.
Here’s a bit of general, well-known information about the microbial pack—including bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa—we can come into contact with:
Bacteria are single-celled microscopic organisms that are literally everywhere around us—both inside and outside of the body—and can live in extreme conditions, including a variety of environments, from hot water to ice. Some are good for you; others are not. Bacteria are tiny but powerful and complex, with a tough protective coating that helps them be resilient. Some have a tail (flagellum) that helps them move around, while others have sticky hair-like appendages that help them stick together to each other, to hard surfaces or on human body cells. Many bacteria exist in the human body, particularly the stomach and mouth, but they are also found on surfaces and in substances such as water, soil and food.
Then there’s the host of viruses. Viruses are 100 times smaller than a single bacteria cell, and a bacteria cell is more than 10 times smaller than a human cell. Viruses usually enter the body from the environment or other people or from soil to water to air by way of the nose, mouth or any skin breaks. To survive and thrive, viruses must enter a human or animal cell and hijack the cell to help them multiply—but they can also infiltrate bacterial cells. Many viruses are able to mutate from one host to the next or even from one species to the next. Some viruses can exist for hours or even days on surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards and more.
Fungi are primitive organisms that live in the air, in soil, on plants, in water, or even in the human body. Only about half of all types of fungi are unfriendly, and others can be beneficial. Some fungi reproduce through tiny spores in the air, and can be inhaled or they can land on the skin. They, too, are resilient.
What Sets Ancient Apothecary Herbals Apart? Live Fermentation, Essential Oils Infusion, Organic Herbs & Spices, and a delivery system of Warming Botanicals and Digestive Bitters.
Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs are powered by fermentation—our own proprietary, patent-pending, dual-stage, live fermentation process.
What is fermentation and why is it important?
Fermentation is an ancient process used to break down food into more absorbable components. During the fermentation process, microorganisms use aerobic and anaerobic metabolism to convert food compounds into powerful metabolites.
Here are some key benefits of fermentation:
Each Ancient Apothecary Herbal formula is infused with Organic Essential Oils and CO2 extracts to provide lipo-soluble phytonutrients with powerful antioxidant properties.
The Power of Essential Oils: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way for Health
Essential oils are often referred to as the “life blood and immune system” of plants and trees. They are the concentrated oils of herbs, plants and trees—approximately 50 times more potent than the plants they come from!
For example, it takes approximately 3,000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil, while one 15mL bottom of lemon essential oil takes about 75 lemons! To go deeper, there are nearly 300 drops in a 15mL bottle, so 1 drop of lemon essential oil is made by using ¼ of a whole lemon!
Likewise, 150 pounds of lavender is necessary for just one pound of pure lavender essential oil, while one 15mL bottle of lavender oil requires 27 square feet of lavender plants. With approximately 300 drops of lavender oil in a 15mL bottle, one drop equals nearly .09 square feet of lavender plants.
The bottom line: here’s a whole lot of beneficial plant life in essential oils. These precious oils can be distilled or extracted using CO2 and bottled, and when steam distilled, essential oils keep the “frequency” that they had when they resided in the plant. Additionally, essential oils provide lipo-soluble fractions of plants. Since plants contain both water- and fat- soluble active compounds, we believe it important to consume a full spectrum of beneficial compounds. Fats and oils are required for the effective delivery of key antioxidant compounds.
Therefore, essential oils infused into herbal formulas can serve as a delivery system for these powerful botanicals.
Here’s the takeaway: Essential oils are some of Nature’s wonders, in that they serve to bring the body back into balance, thereby supporting overall health. In fact, they are extremely potent and can provide support for every bodily system.
That’s why you’ll find essential oils in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs.
The Importance of Organic Herbs
It’s no secret that in conventionally grown foods and herbs, farmers use a variety of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides synthetic fertilizers and many other "processing agents' which often remain in and on the food or herbs. Even washing these foods or herbs can’t get many of these off the produce.
Why? Because nearly 20 percent of the 17,000 (or more) pesticides in use today are known as systemic pesticides—those which reside inside the plant via its root system and have permeated the plant. That’s means they’re everywhere within the plants themselves and can’t be washed off.
Many studies and reports point to the adverse health effects of these chemicals in and on our food, which is why many choose to go organic. That reason alone is enough to make going organic is all the rage these days.
But another important benefit of organic food and herbs is that, because they’re grown organically, these plants are able to produce their own natural defenses against pests. As a result, these plants are more resilient and defense-supporting by nature (literally) and have some of the very compounds and natural defenses that we can and often should include in our diet. For example, the resilient antioxidants and beneficial compounds found in plants are beneficial and even necessary for our bodies so that we can keep our own defenses strong.
That’s why you’ll find these health-supporting organic herbs in each and every Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbs.
PLUS, each Ancient Apothecary Herbal formula contains an Organic Fermented Warming Botanical Blend of black pepper, ginger, long pepper and sprouted cumin to support healthy digestion, bioavailability of nutrients, healthy circulation, metabolism and overall energy.
In Ayurveda, black pepper, long pepper and ginger are used for supporting healthy digestion, circulation, nutrient assimilation and metabolism. It is tied to the Sanskrit word trikatu, meaning three spices or three peppers. Trikatu is an Ayurvedic blend of the fruits of black pepper, long pepper and the rhizomes of ginger.
Each Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbal formula also contains an Organic Fermented Bitter Botanical Blend of milk thistle, dandelion and peppermint to support healthy digestion and liver function as well as bioavailability of nutrients.
Bitter botanicals or "bitters" are regarded for their ability to support healthy liver function, while also supporting healthy digestion and nutrient absorption. Additionally, bitters can help support nervous system health and a healthy immune system as well as promoting healthy energy levels.
By combining the benefits of organic fermented botanicals, whole organic herbs and spices, hot water herbal extracts and lipo-soluble fractions, Ancient Apothecary Fermented Herbal formulas provide a full-spectrum infusion of the best that Nature has to offer!