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Health Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil

The health benefits of Oregano Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, emenagogue and anti-allergenic substance.

The disinfectant and antibacterial properties of oregano essential oil were first recognized in ancient Greece where they were often used for treating bacterial infections on the skin or in wounds, and it was also employed to protect food from bacteria. It is a plant native to higher altitudes and normally grows in the mountains, which is how it got the name “Oregano”, which means “Delight of the Mountains”.

The Essential Oil of Oregano is extracted through steam distillation of fresh oregano leaves, which bear the scientific name Oreganum Vulgare. Its chief components are Carvacrol, Thymol, Cymene, Caryophyllene, Pinene, Bisabolene, Linalool, Borneol, Geranyl Acetate, Linalyl Acetate and Terpinene.

Along with being respected for its antimicrobial properties, this oil has many other medicinal properties as well. These properties are explained in detail below. It is traditionally used in one of three ways, either aromatically, which is the most popular since the advent of aromatherapy’s widespread use in recent decades. You can also apply it topically onto the skin, or through a carrier oil like coconut oil. Finally, you can ingest it in very small quantities as a dietary supplement, usually when diluted in honey or some other non-dairy beverage.

Health Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil

Respiratory Conditions: Oregano essential oil can  act as an expectorant, which will loosen up or help eliminate the uncomfortable buildups of mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tracts and sinuses, but it is also a soothing balm for inflamed lungs and the throat, which often stimulate coughing fits. Therefore, oregano essential both prevents and treat symptoms of respiratory ailments.

Anti-inflammatory: This oil is good on soothing many types of inflammation, internal or external, caused by a variety of reasons. When this oil is applied topically, it can reduce redness and irritation to the applied area, and it can relieve topical pain that might be associated with arthritis or injury. When consumed, it has much the same effect, although it is spread throughout the body, so will not necessarily relieve pain and discomfort as quickly.

Oregano2Antibacterial: Just as it protects you against viral infections, oregano oil protects you against bacterial infections as well. This gives you an added level of protection against most bacterial diseases, such as infections in the colon and urinary tract, as well as typhoid, cholera, sores, skin infections and temporary problems like food poisoning. Also, the antibacterial effects of oregano don’t have an inhibitory affect on the healthy, necessary flora in your intestines and stomach, so you don’t suffer from the ill effects of being undefended!

Antifungal: Viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa are the four agents which are responsible for communicable and infectious diseases. Out of these, fungi are responsible for some of the most dreaded and fatal infections, both internal and external. They can cause ugly, painful, and even deadly infections in the ear, nose and throat, which, if not treated early, may reach the brain and prove fatal.

Many skin infections are also caused by these fungi. Oregano Oil, if used regularly, either internally or externally, can effectively protect the body against many of these fungal infections.

Antiviral: Oregano essential oil provides protection against viral infections. This means that it strengthens your immunity against colds, mumps, measles, pox and other problems created by viruses.This boost to the immune system also helps to defend against deadly viral infections and even certain autoimmune disorders. Oregano essential oil stimulates the production and function of white blood cells, the body’s main line of defense.

Antiparasitic: Many types of parasites, such as round worms, tape worms, lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and fleas, can live inside or outside the human body. These parasites use the human body as a source of food, and as a vessel or carrier of communicable diseases. Oregano Essential Oil, when ingested, can eliminate intestinal worms, and when it is applied externally, it effectively keeps away lice, bed bugs, mosquitoes, and fleas, so it is not uncommon to find oregano essential oil as a component of organic bug sprays and repellents.

Antioxidant: This property turns out to be one of the most celebrated attributes of oregano essential oil, because it protects you from the damages done to the body by free radicals (oxidants), and it neutralizes the free radicals, while repairing the damage already done. This slows down the aging process and protects against certain cancers, macular degeneration, degeneration of muscle due to aging, wrinkles, loss of vision and hearing, nervous disorders and many such ailments related to premature aging and the effects of free radicals. More specifically, oregano essential oil contains phenols, a powerful form of antioxidant that literally scours the body and eliminates those free radicals that cause disease.

Emenagogue: This oil is also beneficial for regulating menstruation and delaying the onset of menopause. Those who are suffering from obstructed menses may also find relief from using oregano essential oil. As an emenagogue, a woman can reduce her symptoms of oncoming menopause, including mood balance and hormonal shifts because of the hormonal regulation quality of oregano essential oil.

Anti-allergenic: This is another side of the sedative and anti-inflammatory properties of Oregano Essential Oil. Allergies are hyper-reactions of the body towards external stimuli. Oregano Oil, being sedative in nature, calms down this hyper-sensitivity and is known to give relief from allergy symptoms. From its anti-inflammatory quality, the severity of an allergic reaction can be reduced, which is especially important for serious allergic reactions like anaphylactic shock, or swelling of the throat.


Digestive: Oregano essential oil promotes digestion by increasing the secretion of digestive juices, and it also increases nutrient digestibility and enzymes which aid in absorbing food. This can improve your general level of health by maximizing the nutrients you get from food!

Other Benefits

Oregano essential oil has been shown to help heal Psoriasis, Eczema, Athlete’s foot, flu and other infectious ailments. Furthermore, it can be used to treat bacterial infections like E. Coli, Giardiasis and food poisoning. It relieves congestion, and certain studies reveal that it is as powerful a painkiller as the most respected options on the market, with the added benefit that it works without the strong side effects.

A Few Words of Caution

Oregano essential oil can cause irritation of the skin and mucus membrane if taken in high concentrations or dosages. Pregnant women should avoid using it, and it is a good idea to consult with your doctor before adding it in any significant way to your diet. Due to its general stimulation and regulation of the hormones, it can potentially result in a miscarriage if the hormone to induce periods is stimulated.  Also, like with any new dietary supplement or food, check with your doctor about allergies. People that are allergic to basil, lavender, marjoram, mint, or sage are also commonly allergic to oregano and its essential oil.

Blending: The Essential Oil of Oregano blends well with the essential oils of Lavender, Rosemary, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cypress, Cedar Wood, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. These combinations are often made and widely used by aromatherapists and herbalists.

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    • Cheryl

      Hey Jeff…..would you mind sharing the whole extraction process with me?

      • amcken3

        You won’t find a good oil for “cheap” sadly.

    • crystalclear70

      I put mine in a shot glass of orange juice, and toss it down… it works great. Cuts to burn and I feel it will kill any thing in my throat!

    • Martha

      how many drops do you take? … I have been reading that oregano is good for so many different things …. I have bacteria in my urine … don’t want to take antibiotics all the time …

    • seagazer101

      The good lord also creates poison oak and black widow spiders.

      • amcken3

        When used appropriately they are could be great pest control. Think outside the box, just because something SEEMS harmful doesn’t mean there isn’t a benefit to be derived from it.

    • Jay Jacobson

      What kind of protozoan infection? Hope this reaches you…


    • seagazer101

      What’s the Bible got to do with it? It’s a plant, like, say, marijuana. Do you attribute marijuana’s curative powers to the Bible, as well?

      • Wendy Hallgren

        I do!

      • seagazer101

        So you must agree about the healing powers of marijuana, as well. After all, if your god created one, he also created the other, right?

      • Wendy Hallgren

        I was a recreational user in my teens. Quit because I was told it was wrong…..not sure about that now…But I have son who uses it for medical reasons. It helps, and I would rather that then chemicals made by man.

      • amcken3

        You don’t have to use it to get ‘high’ you can use the OIL for health instead. Being sober is empowering. Man is well know for misusing his freewill to pervert God’s creation you can’t blame God he gave us freewill because he wants us to CHOOSE.

    • seagazer101

      No kidding!

    • amcken3

      i take it your life is rather ordinary. Mine has not been and I can tell you that truth is stranger than fiction sometimes…Have you thought much about what will happen when you die? Do you just cease to exist?

  • Nadira

    Information is good. The time and effort put forth are recognized. However, two things to point out as constructive feedback are: the ads are intrusive and annoying. I quickly lost motivation to continue reading. Second,roundworms aren’t parasites. They’re fungi. You may want to correct this.

    • http://www.organicfacts.net Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Thanks Nadira for your valuable comment
      Roundworms are not fungi and they are indeed parasitic worms.
      Team Organicfacts

    • crystalclear70

      Nadira, Meenakshi Nagdeve is absolutely right, round worms are indeed parasitic worms. Hence the word “worms” in the name. They are dangerous, as the cysts can migrate to the eyes and cause blindness. The video is very good. I hope this helps to correct your misconception.

      • http://www.organicfacts.net Meenakshi Nagdeve

        Thanks crystalclear70!

      • http://Google Tina

        They absolutely are not parasites but a fungal infection, many doctors have quit using the term because it isn’t acuate, i have been treated for this myself so im speaking from experience, quit scaring people like that.

    • Dewdropmon

      You’re thinking of ringworm. Ringworm in the fungal infection, roundworm is the internal parasite.

  • Natsdad

    Can anyone tell me if there is a difference between Oil of Oregano and Oil of Oregano skin oil. Are they both the same thing? I am dying from the flu (not really but, I’m a man and I’m a bitch when I’m sick… lol) My GF picked this up for me but it says “skin oil” not for internal use? Is there two different products or one in the same?


  • Deb

    Can a six year old take it?

    • http://www.organicfacts.net Meenakshi Nagdeve

      Please consult your health specialist regarding usage by a 6 year old.