Oregano Essential Oil


Oregano is one of the more potent oils in the natural medicine cabinet. It is used to promote a deep level of immunity when you most need it due to its potent purifying qualities. When diffused, oregano is employed to boost immune function especially during cold and flu season, and to support respiratory function to ease excess mucous production. Properly diluted (1% or less), oregano may be used topically to enhance immunity and circulation in the head and sinuses, mouth, and skin. Oil of oregano has also become known for boosting and strengthening immune function and regulating menstruation. (apply as warm compress to abdomen - do not use the essential oil of oregano internally).


In 2002, oregano essential oil was put to the test in an interesting study by researchers in Yugoslavia and the results were published in Nahrung. Among the 13 fungi tested were food poisoning, plant, animal, and human pathogenic species. Oregano essential oil high in carvacrol possessed the best and broadest antifungal properties.





Using Oregano Essential Oil


Mind & Spirit

Nerve Tonic: As a nerve tonic, oregano essential oil calms and quiets the mind, body and spirit. It is relaxing and can help overcome insomnia. In aromatherapy, the oil is used to ease irritability and tension, reduce stress and anxiety, and restore emotional balance. The oil is believed to clarify thinking and promote a positive attitude. Try adding a single drop to a cotton ball and sniffing while you're performing an important mental task to reap oregano's emotional benefits.

Diffused In Air

Oregano can be inhaled aromatically. Give the open bottle a whiff, or use in a diffuser. Oregano can help strengthen sense of security. Drop 5 - 15 drops of oregano oil in diffuser.




Important: Oregano oil is very strong, and if applied directly to skin, can burn the skin. Make sure to dilute before use. Typically one drop of oil diluted in tablespoon of carrier oil is good solution that can be applied to skin.

  • Anti-inflammatory: Oregano oil can be an active person's best friend due to its anti-inflammatory and pain relieving actions. When applied topically, it can speed healing and reduce pain of sprains, bruises, tendonitis, torn muscles and other similar injuries. Upon initial application ensure to dilute oregano oil to about 1% with carrier oil.
  • Headaches and migraines: use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on temples and neck. Can also be used in a hot or cold compress.
  • Natural Immunity: Studies have found that oil of oregano is more effective than goldenseal or echinacea at boosting the body's natural immunity. A couple of drops daily during cold and flu season can help strengthen the immune system and prevent infection. Best used in diffuser, take care not to overuse. Oregano oil is very strong.
  • Fungal Infections: Oregano oil can be effective at treating stubborn fungal infections such as candida and nail fungus. Mix 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage into affected area. Repeat as needed. You can also mix a couple drops into shampoo to help relieve dandruff or seborrhea which are fungal infections of the scalp.
  • Antimicrobial: Oregano oil has strong antimicrobial properties which help to target bacteria and viruses. Studies show that when taken at the first signs of a cold, oregano oil can immediately improve symptoms as well as reduce the duration of the cold. Use around 10 - 15 drops in diffuser.
  • Skin Conditions: Oregano oil's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties make it very useful in treating various skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rashes etc. It can also be used topically to treat insect bites as well as herpes virus flare-ups. Dilute oil to about 5% with carrier oil.
  • Allergies: If you suffer from irritating allergies, then using this essential oil will help instantly lessen the reaction that your body has to allergens. It will also give a soothing effect on you, thus lessening the frequency of the adverse reactions our bodies have to things we are allergic to.
  • For cellulite: , use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected area regularly.




  • Mouth Wash: Because of its strength, oregano essential oil is not often used in cosmetics. It can cause minor burns to the skin when applied undiluted. Combined with a carrier oil or in preparations such as lotions or soaps, however, the oil is safe to use topically. Sometimes, the oil is used in home acne remedies to disinfect the area and prevent bacterial growth, but it must be diluted properly to avoid irritation. In other homemade cosmetics, oregano essential oil makes an excellent choice for acne-prone skin, or for use during a fungal infection. It also makes a nice addition to mouthwashes for infected teeth or gums.


Mosquitoes and Bugs

Oregano is one of those oils that is listed as fairly powerful mosquito repellent. Next time you spend outdoors drop a few drops on your clothes and tent to keep bugs at bay. Ensure not to get un-diluted oil on your skin.



For a powerful all-purpose cleaner, combine 1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar, 2 tsp. liquid castile soap and 25 drops oregano essential oil in a large spray bottle. Shake well before each use. This cleaner works well in kitchens and bathrooms. It's antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial. In fact, oregano essential oil is 26 more times as powerful an antiseptic than phenol, a common ingredient in commercial cleaning products.




  • Not recommended for pregnant women and infants.
    Individuals with serious and chronic health issues should consult an expert prior to using oils.




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