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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.

Oregano2Health 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.

oreganoessentialoilAntibacterial: 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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  1. Deb says:

    Can a six year old take it?

  2. Nadira says:

    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.

  3. Robere Kujac says:

    I'm having digestive issues. I understand there are good & bad bacteria in the digestive track. How does oregano oil know which to eliminate.

  4. I'm using it for my seborrheic dermatitis. It's very effective!

  5. Athonwy Doherty says:

    What's with all the god bullshit on this thread? No god invented steam distillation, I'm pretty sure that was invented by crafty humans using science.

  6. When I first herd about this, I thought that it was a crazy idea. Then I started taking it and it works better than anything out there that I have taken in the past. The common cold is cured with this stuff. Amazing! I'll take the bible cure any day.

    • seagazer101 says:

      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 says:

        I do!

        • seagazer101 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            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.

  7. Kathy Spurgeon says:

    How much do you take? Does it come in so-many milligrams? How do you know what is the right dosage? Thanks.

  8. Clarissa Faith Lovehope says:

    I am very sick from a protozoan infection I cant get rid of is there anything else besides this or a doctor to help?

  9. Anonymous says:

    What the Good Lord creates, is better than what the pharmaceutical companies tries to synthesize. I will take what the Lord makes.

    • seagazer101 says:

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

      • amcken3 says:

        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.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have used Oil of Oregano for 3 years and works great and alleviates sicknesses that are both viral and bacterial. Will not be without. Helps boost your immune system and eliminates invasive parasites in your system. Highly Recommend.

  11. One of my clients put some on a canker sore on her tongue and by the next day it was gone. I've begun taking 2 drops a day as of last week. I'll keep you posted!

  12. Tina Knutsen says:

    I had athlete's foot (moccasin type) for 9 mos. , tried every over the counter cream, nothing worked. tried Oregano Oil & Olive Leaf w/70% Carvacrol.applied morning and night.rubbed a few drops on affected area.could see results first use! Been using 3 days and is much better, not gone but it's definately working.tried taking 30 drops in small amount of water and it burn/stingy my lips and mouth, (made me feel like puking)going to get capsules.read on other posts wont burn mouth.I think I should have started w/2-3 drops and not 30 (orally in small amount of water).

  13. Sinus Sister says:

    You're preaching to the choir! Love this stuff for fighting throat infections. It tastes terrible, mind you, but it's worth the 3 minutes of unpleasantness while you choke back a few drops. I don't dilute it in juice, but put the drops directly down my throat. (Blech). But it works.

    • Kait Zuidema says:

      Get gelatin caps from your local health food store. Fill them with your dose and swallow. The worst you have to deal with is a couple of oregano burps.

    • Good to know! Thanks Kait! I'll buy some today. You think they're as effective, since none of the oil actually touches the troubled throat?

    • Kait Zuidema says:

      Joanne Latimer –I think so, since it'll go to work on the virus that's making you sick in the first place. I get my oil from Puritan's Pride and it's super cheap–buy two bottles, get 3 free!

    • Wendy Agee says:

      Hi Kait, I bought some for my husband's ailment…..for about $60.00! Sheesh! He won't take it so I will! Where can I buy it for cheap??? I have authritis troubles and a cough…It's not a cold. (Probably for smoking all those years..quit 2 years ago). Oh…sorry.."Puritan's Pride"….cool! Thanks.

    • crystalclear70 says:

      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!

  14. Chuee Choco says:

    does oregano plant drive mosquito away.

  15. Jeff Bent says:

    I grow and extract my own oils from the fresh herb through steam extraction. It is an amazing oil and does really work with out fail.

  16. SrIrene Nun says:

    It's rather odd to read that it helps boost the immune system and yet it is also supposed to help heal Psoriasis! But Psoriasis is caused by an over active immune system producing skin cells that the body doesn't need.

    • Kait Zuidema says:

      I've noticed it helping with my Eczema, too!

    • Nicole Ward says:

      I've recently read a lot of articles about Psoriasis. It can be aggravated by many things, such as an excess of Candida in the intestines / body. Since this oil gets rid of a lot of those issues, it helps to calm the Psoriasis. I recently went on a leaky gut cleanse and it cleared my Psoriasis by 90%. Once I rid my body of the other issues that are aggravating my P, then I will start the diet again, as well as some other remedies I've looked into. After being on the diet for 1.5 months, I read that mercury in fillings is also an issue, but that it's dangerous to kill off an excess of Candida without first taking care of that problem.

    • Tim Sandor says:

      Hi Nicole what do's the leaky gut clense consist of?

  17. This sounds amazing, I am going to start using it tomorrow I will let you know what I think of it in a few weeks.

    • Glenda Nagy says:

      Doesn't taste good but I can testify to the benefits of this oil. It is powerful.

    • Pedro Frenchfries says:

      Glenda Nagy pickup some empty gell capsules at a natural pharmacy, <$5 for 100. 4-5 drops into the capsule and down the hatch it goes…you never taste it

  18. through out the Bible they used oils for many different reasons, I plan to start using this powerful little immune booster.

  19. Suzanne Robinson says:

    This is an amazing plant. I wonder how many of us knew that we were helping ourselves to all these ways of keeping our selves healthy, when we have recipes that include oregano.