11 Amazing 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.

Oregano essential oilAntibacterial: 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.

What is oregano oil?

Oregano oil is the highly beneficial essential oil that can be extracted from oregano. While oregano is famed as a spice, perhaps one of the most famous, oregano essential oil is a more concentrated form that is widely sought after for natural health remedies. You can use a steam distillation process on normal oregano leaves to get the pure essential oil, which can be used topically and consumed orally, depending on what ails you.

How to make oregano oil?

You can make oregano oil for yourself, but the process is a bit lengthy. First, you need to boil water in a sauce pan or pot, and then place chopper oregano leaves and a carrier oil into a glass jar. Carrier oils include olive oil, grapeseed oil or almond oil. When you place the jar into the hot water, the oil inside the jar heats up and releases the natural oils from the oregano leaves. Place the jar beside a sunny window for 2 weeks, shake it every few days, and then strain the resulting mixture.

How to use oregano oil?

You can topically apply oregano oil to skin irritation and in the space near wounds, as it can speed healing. You can put oregano oil under your eyes and on wrinkles. You can also consume oregano oil as an additive to your food, or in straight doses of roughly 500mg, 3-4 times a day, as a digestive aid. But remember, it is extremely potent and concentrated, so there is no need for an excess amount.

What is oregano oil good for?

Oregano oil is very important for human health, and impressively effective for the treatment of parasitic and fungal infections in many different parts of the body. It is also an all-around immune system booster, and can help improve digestion when consumed. It can help to balance hormones and lessen the symptoms of menstruation, aid in your weight loss efforts, and even minimize the severity of allergic reactions.

How to take oregano oil?

You can take oregano oil in supplemental form, meaning in a 500mg dose form, or you can add small amounts of oregano oil to your foods or prepared meals. Oregano oil comes in capsule, tablet and liquid form, but it can also be used topically, provided you dilute it 1:1 with olive oil. Oregano oil is very strong and concentrated, and should not be consumed or applied in large quantities. Capsule and tablet forms are recommended for that reason.

Where to buy oregano oil?

You can buy oregano oil almost anywhere that essential oils are sold, as well as major stores and big-box chains in the west. It is relatively easy to prepare by yourself, although it takes a few weeks to fully make, but if you can’t wait, look at natural health practitioners and herbalists, as well as stores like Walmart and GNC.

How to use oil of oregano?

You can use oil of oregano in many different ways, including topically for irritation of the skin and wound healing, sublingual consumption (dropping the oil beneath the tongue), adding it to certain foods, and even consuming it in tablet or capsule form. Oregano oil is very useful for different health concerns, and each method of using the oil is connected to what remedy you have. Speak to a professional who can recommend the best method!

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What do you think?

  • Teddy Fellner

    I am wondering what the reason for applying to the bottom of the feet? I take internally in supplement capsule form which helps my asthma challenged pulmonary function…..

  • Lynda Groves

    I presently use Entracare for my rabbits which is Aqua(water) & Oregano oil. Would this product provide me with the same componenets if I added water to it and what strength would I use?

  • misdirection

    Does this eliminate intestinal infection?

  • Belinda Carrasco Henares

    How do you use it? Straight from the pot? Or do I mix it with my cream or other oil? How do I take?

    • MLP

      You can buy it at health food stores, its already mixed with a carrier oil so you can put a few drops in water to drink, or apply topically.

  • munwispy

    What about shingles? Will it help with shingles?

    • Powertothepeople

      I am a 59 year old male and have had shingles since I was 19. Yes, Oregano oil can help with shingles along with lemon, tea tree and lavender. You can mix 50/50 with a carrier oil like olive or coconut and apply directly to the blisters, this will alleviate pain immediately. To take internally I use gel caps, 2-3 drops of each oil, 3 times a day. This works for me along with Organic ACV which you also apply directly to blisters. Hope this helps.

  • Deb

    Can a six year old take it?

    • Rachel Dowling

      Not internally. I recommend topical use with a carrier oil for young children. I put in on the soles of my son’s feet with coconut oil as a “carrier” oil… One drop per foot.

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

  • 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?


    • MLP

      The skin oil product most likely is diluted with other products and not made to take orally. Just like castro oil, the stuff in drug store you can use orally or topically, castor oil for skin and hair is topically only since its mixed with other things.

    • Bernadette Harrison

      Mix up 2 tbspns organic turmeric powder with 500g jar of manuka honey @ 30+. Take 1 tbspns every 15 mins until feel relief. Exceptional as a natural anti biotics.

      • Rose Stanford

        Does @30+ mean 30 drops of oil of oregano?

    • Apple Moody

      Hi , I have a product I have been using and it has been working , if u want to check it out if be more than happy to direct u of where I got mine from .


  • 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.

    • Dewdropmon

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

    • 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.

      • 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.

      • Thanks crystalclear70!

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

    • Jordan Kravitz

      Oregano oil doesn’t differentiate bad from good bacteria. Anytime you’re taking ANYTHING that has an antibiotic effect, even something “natural” such as oregano oil or colloidal silver, it’s important to get serious about both probiotics and prebiotics. Use a good multi-strain probiotic such as Therbiotic Complete from Klaire Labs, or VSL#3. You can also include a soil-based probiotic such as Prescript Assist. I would also advise to take Saccharomyces Boulardii. As for prebiotics, eat foods such as leeks, onions, Jerusalem artichoke, sweet potatoes and plantains. Avoid all refined carbs and sugar of any kind- even something you’d think would be benign, such as raw honey. Once you’re done with the oregano oil, increase your intake of probiotics and prebiotics to help support the growth of the right bacteria. Hope this helps. If you want to read more about this topic, my site, Healevate, has several great articles on this topic. I can reply with links if you’re interested.

      • Nick Symons

        Thanks for the comment, which certainly sounds logical! Nevertheless, my experience (shared by other readers?) is that certian natural antibiotics – including Spanish oil of oregano (Coridothymus capitatus essential oil) and also olive leaf extract – do NOT disrupt the enteric flora even when taken internally. I wonder if this is because they weaken the bacteria and fungi, rather than killing them outright, so that the body’s immune response can easily finish them off? The immune system does not combat beneficial bacteria so these survive in the gut. This softer characteristic of using plant extracts against infection is thus very different from the impact of conventional antibiotics.
        By the way, I only ever take oregano oil internally if I am confident of its purity. I take a maximum of 10 drops in a capsule (it tastes terrible!) always on an empty stomach and always with a dessert spoon of olive oil to absorb it. If you have a stomach ulcer you should avoid it. Externally it is excellent for fighting athletes’ foot anf toenail fungus…

    • 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?

    • seagazer101

      No kidding!

    • seagazer101

      No kidding!

    • farmgirl

      I’ve found that Sambucol from the health food store works great to get rid of colds and the flu. A cold is gone in 24 hours and the flu in less than 3 days and you have hardly any symptoms. You take a tablespoon 4 times a day and when you are well, it stores in the frig for months and still works!

    • 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?

      • kstech

        Research the term pharmakeia (related to the Bible)

      • misdirection


      • 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.

    • 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?

      • 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.

      • 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.

    • MLP

      If its a capsule look at the label, but with the drops that are already diluted with olive oil start with 3-4 drops a day when needed. I would use it everyday for no particular reason.

    • Jay Jacobson

      What kind of protozoan infection? Hope this reaches you…


    • Jay Jacobson

      What kind of protozoan infection? Hope this reaches you…


    • seagazer101

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

    • 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.

    • 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 …

      • misdirection

        Standard: 6 drops; I take 10 drops in a vegetable capsule (it will burn through within’ 15 minutes, so swallow immediately!).

      • Debbie

        What kind are you taking? I just ordered some Rocky Mountain Oregano Oil….would this be ok to put into a capsule and take?

    • Katie H

      I dont suggest ANYONE TAKE 30 DROPS… EVER! I take just a couple every day… like two or 3

      • MLP

        It already comes diluted, but 30 drops is way too much. 3 drops is more like it.

    • 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!

      • MLP

        Zane company is great.

      • amcken3

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

    • Cheryl

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

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