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Oil of Oregano Health Benefits

What is Oil of Oregano?

Oil of Oregano Health Benefits

Numerous university studies have shown that Oil of Oregano is a highly potent purifier that provides many benefits for human health. It is a natural substance 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 humans.

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.

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:

    Interesting remark that the oregano oil interferes with the absorption of iron. I have genetic hemocromotosis causing me to overload with iron. Maybe i could do a therapy with the oregano oil instead of flabotomies every two months for 3-4 weeks. Anybody have any ideas?

  2. on said:

    @ Zahid, Oregano Oil is known for its anti-inflammatory activity. Therefore, it helps with osteoarthritis, sprains and painful joints. Try taking 2-3 drops of organic oregano oil once daily. Also mixing about 5 drops of Oregano oil and one tsp of olive oil and applying this mix onto the affected joints before going to bed at night helps. Hope you feel better!

  3. on said:

    Can i use this oil for osteoarthritis.

  4. on said:

    I have had chronic bronchitis three times in the past year that lasts about 6 weeks. my doctor put me on a high dose of Prednisone, which does take care of the symptoms but it is the side effects from the Prednisone that kill me. "Chipmunk Face", the munchies, loss of leg strength. So I will definitely try the Oregano solution. Thanks for all your comments folks :-)

  5. on said:

    I've been taking oil of oregano for colds & upset stomach I noticed that benefits include aiding with inflammation and joint pain. Has anyone used it for that reason?

  6. on said:

    I have used oil of oregano diluted with olive oil for the following ailments with miracoulous results.
    For ear infection with the use of a swab, it cleared it completly
    For sinus discongention that troubles me for years, with the use of a swab, I breath totally free, without need to use sprays any more.
    To clear a dental periodontal pocket, using a plastic curved syringe, it worked better than dental antibiotic, I ued it twice and I feel no pain on the tooth for quite some time
    I suppose though we have to use with caution, as it can block the absorption of iron
    The dilution i use is one drop of oil of oregano to 10 drops of extra virgin olive oil

  7. on said:

    I too have a ganglion cyst I have been using "now brand castor oil" it started going away then I stopped the oil. it returned bigger and harder so again I started the castor oil and after about 3 weeks of continuous saturation day and night it has finally shrinking.

  8. on said:

    @ Diane, My cousin tells everybody how her ganglion cyst went away after about 3 months of applying oregano oil every night onto it. She also massaged Thyme essential oil onto the cyst during these months everyday. So she is not sure which oil worked but the fact that she doesn't have the bump anymore after applying Oregano and Thyme oils, I think you should also give both oils a try. Better than going through a surgery! I hope it gets better!

  9. on said:

    I have a Ganglion Cyst on my wrist, I was told to apply the oil to it.
    Will this help dissolve a cyst?

  10. on said:

    I have psoriasis, and was told Oregano Oil will help. I have had it for 30 plus years and have done everything possible and it never goes away. How should I use it and how often?

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