Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano has been used for centuries in traditional medicine.

Oregano essential oil is known as one of the most potent and powerful oils for its possible cleansing and immune-boosting properties. The primary chemical components of Oregano are carvacol and thymol, both in the phenols group, which possess purifying and antioxidant properties. Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed. Additionally, Oregano should be diluted with coconut oil when applied to the skin. Oregano essential oil contains phenols—powerful antioxidants that ward off free radicals. One drop taken daily may help maintain healthy immune function. Oregano can be taken more frequently when seasonal threats are high or as needed to possibly further boost immunity. In addition to being a popular cooking spice, Oregano supports healthy digestion by promoting the secretion of digestive juices. When diffused, Oregano may act as an enhancer and equalizer in essential oil blends and may help maintain healthy respiratory function.

Primary Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil

  • Used as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent
  • May provides immune-enhancing benefits
  • Possibly supports healthy digestion and respiratory function
  • Excellent source of antioxidants

Properties of Oregano

  • Anti-bacterial: an agent that prevents the growth of or destroys bacteria.
  • Anti-catarrhal: an agent that helps remove excess catarrh from the body. Expectorants help promote the removal of mucus from the respiratory system.
  • Anti-fungal: an agent that prevents and combats fungal infection.
  • Anti-infectious: an agent that prevents and combats the spread of germs.
  • Anti-parasitic: an agent that prevents and destroys parasites.
  • Anti-rheumatic: an agent that helps prevent and relieve rheumatism.
  • Anti-septic: an agent that destroys and prevents the development of microbes.
  • Anti-spasmodic: an agent that prevents and eases spasms or convulsions.
  • Anti-viral: an agent that inhibits the growth of a virus.
  • Analgesic: a substance that relieves pain.
  • Immune-stimulant: an agent that stimulates the natural defense mechanism of the body.

Uses of Oregano

  • Take one drop daily to possibly boost immunity when seasonal threats are high.
  • Rub Oregano essential oil and coconut oil on the bottom of your feet to possibly help boost your immune system.
  • Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
  • Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface spray.
  • Mix one to two drops with water and gargle which may soothe an irritated throat.
  • May help remove skin tags and/or warts by putting a drop of Oregano on the end of a cotton swab and dabbing on the affected skin. Only use on 3 or 4 areas at a time. Most often, it will take approximately two weeks for skin tags until they will turn dark and fall off. Wart removal times depend on the severity of the wart.

Body Systems Primarily Affected by Oregano

  • Immune System
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Respiratory System

Notes on Blending

  • Classification: Enhancer (50% to 80% of the blend) and Equalizer (10% to 15% of the blend) 
  • Blends well with Basil, Fennel, Geranium, Lemongrass, Thyme and Rosemary

Main Chemical Components

Carvacrol, Thymol

Additional Information

PubMed.gov - Bio-efficacy of the essential oil of Oregano

Journal of Medical Microbiology - Synergistic bacterial activity between hyperosmotic stress and membrane-disrupting nanoemulsions

Quality of the Essential Oil

The information provided here on the benefits, properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", many brands are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil. Be aware that only about 50% of the product needs to be an actual essential oil for the label to read "pure." Reading the label can sometimes tell you if the essential oil is already diluted with carrier oils, such as jojoba or almond.

Research what goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. Choose a brand that follows these stringent guidelines.

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region
  • Grown without chemical pesticides
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Supplier has relations with distillers
  • Extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve molecules
  • Third-party testing of each batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of oils