Dietary Supplements

Oil of Oregano Health Benefits

Oil of Oregano Health Benefits

What is Oil of Oregano?

Oil of Oregano is a highly potent natural purifier that is extracted from wild oregano plants, and two key compounds found in it are carvacrol and thymol. Studies have shown that both of these compounds have significant effects on harmful micro-organisms that cause many illnesses in humans1.

It is important not to confuse Oil of Oregano with common oregano that is used as a spice for cooking. Common oregano is typically Origanum Marjoram, while Oil of Oregano is derived from Origanum Vulgare.

Oil of Oregano can be purchased as either a liquid or as capsules/tablets. In both forms, it is important to verify that the oil is derived from the proper potent oregano plant, and that the carvacrol concentration is at least 70%.

What are the Health Benefits?

The ancient Greeks were one of the first people to recognize this oil for its health benefits and medicinal qualities. It is known to be a potent antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic oil that can reduce pain and inflammation and effectively fight off infections 2.

Some of the specific benefits of this amazing oil are:

  • Destroying organisms that contribute to skin infections and digestive problems.
  • Strengthening the immune system.
  • Increasing joint and muscle flexibility.
  • Improving respiratory health.

Natural Remedies Using Oil of Oregano

Skin Infections

Oil of Oregano can be applied directly onto the skin to treat itches, skin infections, and irritated gums, but only if it has been diluted. Always follow the instructions on your particular bottle before applying topically onto the skin, since highly concentrated oils may first need to be mixed with Olive Oil or Coconut Oil before application (usually one teaspoon of Olive Oil or Coconut Oil per one drop of Oregano Oil).

Digestive Problems

The high concentrations of thymol and carvacrol in Oil of Oregano have been shown to calm upset stomachs and aid digestion. Therefore, a quick home remedy for mild indigestion is to drink a glass of milk or juice that is mixed with 2 or 3 drops of the oil.

Sinus Congestion

Oil of Oregano is a wonderful natural remedy for sinus congestion. A common solution is to add 3 drops of the oil into a glass of juice and drink this mixture daily for 3 to 5 days.

Colds and Sore Throats

Oil of Oregano is an excellent early defense mechanism when you feel a cold or sore throat coming on. Simply take 3 drops of the oil once per day (you can mix it into a glass of orange juice) and you should notice results within a few hours. Repeat this once per day for up to 5 days until the symptoms are gone.

What are the Side Effects?

While Oil of Oregano has many benefits, there are a few possible side effects:

  • It may reduce the body's ability to absorb iron. Therefore, it is recommended that any regular use be combined with regular consumption of iron supplements. For this reason, women are advised not to take this oil during their pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women should also avoid this oil since it can stimulate blood flow in the uterus, which can weaken the lining that surrounds the fetus in the womb.
  • People that have allergies to thyme, basil, mint, or sage may be sensitive to Oregano Oil as well, since they are in the same family of plants. If any skin irritation, rashes, or vomiting occurs when using it, it is recommended that you discontinue use and consult your doctor.

Where and How to Buy Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano can be found in almost any natural health or nutrition store, or from online retailers such as (see below). It is important to make sure that it is derived from Origanum Vulgare, and that the carvacrol concentration is at least 70%.


  1. on said:

    Will Oregano oil help the Lungs?

  2. on said:

    Pat, Can you please describe BMS? As a friend of ours has something similar to that with his tongue and has been to many doctors and no one seems to know what is causing it or how to treat it? It is very painful. Please help?

  3. on said:

    What is male thrush?

  4. on said:

    I have BMS (Burning Mouth syndrome). I am wondering if Oil of Oregano will help with this, or is there something else that may help? Thanks

  5. on said:

    Hi Everyone! I have been consuming oil of oregano drops periodically since 1997. It's a good natural medicine. 😎✌️

  6. on said:

    I am 57 years old. Should I take oil of Oregano or ask my doctor first?

  7. on said:

    The herb you buy at the grocery store is likely mixed with marjoram but the oregano you grow at home is definitely the same stuff. I think it is a bit misleading to suggest to people that they cannot obtain the whole leaf oregano (Origanum Vulgare) that comes in the oil. I have used whole leaf oregano (Origanum Vulgare) that I have grown, for years. I use it in cooking and also when some illness is going around or for possible food poisoning or bad food whichever you care to call it. It has personally worked for me. If I have gone out to eat and am nauseated shortly after, I take about 6 to 10 tiny oregano leaves either with honey or lemon juice in a few ounces of purified water or apple juice or something like that and it helps.

  8. on said:

    Will it kill head and body lice, ticks, red bugs, bed bugs and chiggers? Please advise.

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    I arrived in Australia a month ago to visit my sister. The Air conditioning on the plane during eighteen hour flight took its toll. I had runny eyes, no voice and cough - felt dreadful. My sister gave me Oregano oil three times a day in water. It worked and three days later I was fine. Just got back home. I will now order some to have on hand. It seems to work for so many ailments. The many comments here about this wonder oil are really informative and encouraging. Hildy c.

  10. on said:

    Trying Oregano Oil today for Sinusitis!

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