Oregano Herb Profile

Oregano Herb Benefits and Uses

Oregano is a wonderful herb with many health-promoting properties. According to Mountain Rose Herbs:

It is a warm and aromatic yet slightly bitter herb in the mint family. Good quality oregano has a pungency that numbs the tongue. The best quality is grown in a warm, dry climate. The name is derived from the Greek, meaning “mountain of joy”. Sunlight encourages the concentration of the essential oils that give this herb its flavor. Two other herbs are used in the same ways as common oregano but have different culinary and medicinal properties. Mexican oregano is a plant in the verbena family that has an even stronger flavor, while marjoram is a closely related plant that lacks the same essential oil content and has a different, gentler “mouth feel.”

Culinary Uses

Oregano is a very flavorful herb that is often used in Italian, Greek and Spanish cooking. It is often used in seasoning blends, including Italian Seasoning, and pairs well with meats, tomato dishes, and eggs.

I always add it to my homemade soups and stews, especially during illness, as it is said to have antibacterial properties. According to Marks Daily Apple:

Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol, two oils which have remarkable bacteria-fighting power. In fact, researchers recently discovered that it is a better treatment for giardia than the prescription drug commonly prescribed to treat the illness.

Health Benefits

Oregano has been gaining popularity as a natural remedy, though its use as a health-boosting herb is centuries old. It contains high amounts of Omega-3s, Iron, Manganese, and antioxidants.

Its Essential Oil is well known in natural health communities for its antibacterial properties, and it is even being studied by the mainstream medical community for its potential benefits. It is considered to be antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral and immune stimulating.

Like the fresh herb, Oregano Oil has very high amounts of antioxidants. It is often used internally during illness, and externally for skin infections (including yeast) though it should be diluted before use. Due to potency, it is important to check with a qualified specialist or practitioner before using this or any other herb, especially during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

I’ve used a drop of oregano oil in my daily oil pulling routine to help promote healthy gums.

According to this article:

Studies have shown its usefulness against candida albicans, aspergillus mold, staph infections, vaginal infections, pseudomonas and listeria. A study from the US Department of Agriculture showed that the essential oils presented antimicrobial activities against Salmonella and E.coli. Other research holds the same, stating that oregano oil is such a powerful antimicrobial that it can be used to preserve food. Studies from the Department of Food Science at the University of Tennessee and the University of the Algarve found that similar results for oregano’s antibacterial action on pathogenic germs.

A recent study from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center, stated the following in regard to the role of essential oils for infections:

New, safe antimicrobial agents are needed to prevent and overcome severe bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. Based on our previous experience and that of others, we postulated that herbal essential oils, such as those of origanum (oregano oil)…offer such possibilities.

In an article published on Science Daily, the essential oil was found to be effective in killing Staphylococcus bacteria. It was also equally as effective in its germ-killing abilities as common prescription antibiotics.

Another study published in the journal, Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology found that oregano oil could lower the negative effects of induced colitis in rats and opens the door to new ideas about its benefit to the colon and liver.

How to Use Oregano

  • It be consumed as an herb in culinary uses, a tincture, tea or essential oil.
  • The diluted oil can be consumed to speed recovery during illness.
  • Oregano Oil (diluted in coconut oil) can be used on skin infections to boost healing.
  • It can be mixed in to oil as part of an oil pulling routine.
  • Diluted oregano oil taken internally can help with allergies.
  • Oregano oil diluted in olive oil can be rubbed on sore muscles and joints for pain relief.
  • Dried oregano, in combination with other dried herbs like basil, rosemary and thyme, can create an effective facial steam for loosening congestion and calming coughing.
  • It can be diluted for effective use on athletes foot and fungal infections.
  • It can be helpful in redding the body of ringworm when used topically.
  • It can be effective in removing warts when used diluted on the skin.

Final Notes

Oregano oil is not generally considered safe during pregnancy, though culinary use of oregano leaf is considered fine. Due to its highly potent nature, it should always be diluted for use on the skin or when taking internally. I am not a doctor or medical professional,, and you should always consult your doctor before taking any herbs or beginning any health routine.

I get both my Oregano leaf and Oil here.

What is your favorite use for oregano? As a spice or as a natural remedy? Share below!

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  1. My 10 month old daughter has been sick with a cough but I’ve been avoiding antibiotics. I want to try using oregano to help her, but how would I prepare it to work like antibiotics, in a way I could give a young child?

    • I’ve used diluted essential oil on the feet before and it has worked well…

      • Thanks! I’m going to get some oil and try that. I have fresh oregano on hand and was hoping to use that first, but it seems like it’s the essential oil that works best not the plant

        • The essential oil is easiest since its in the liquid state to either apply directly or dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil, olive oil or fractionated coconut oil. It will leave a pizzaesque scent but the benefits totally out weigh the aroma. If it’s a food grade oil, you can use it in crock pot chili’s and sauces too.

      • Hello! what’s the dilution ratio with coconut oil, please?

          • From another website (quoted under Fair Use laws): “There are over 40 oregano species, but the most therapeutically beneficial is the oil produced from wild oregano or Origanum vulgare that’s native to Mediterranean regions. Beware, though, as many of the oregano oils sold in grocery stores are not made from this variety, and may have little to no therapeutic value. Opt only for oregano oil made from Origanum vulgare and Thymus capitatus, a variety that grows in Spain.”

    • I have a 16 month old baby that has croup-like chest congestion. I have thieves and oil of oregano on hand here at the house, but I am pregnant. and I don’t know how to safely administer these oils to him without endangering the baby I’m carrying. Please help!

      • I’d be cautious on him with those oils at that age. Is there a good naturapathic doctor you can see where you are? I usually stick to really diluted essential oils and epsom salt baths at that age.

    • FOR CHILDREN OR EVEN BABIES.. MIX SAYS I BEAKER FULL 40 DROPS INTO A BODY CREAM AND PLACE ON SHINS ANS UPPER CHEST, SMALL AMOUNTS, COUPLE/ FEW TIMES DAY, IT IS POWERFUL BUT SOME HOW GENTLE.. THIS IS THE BEST WAY FOR CHILDREN.

    • Use antibiotics for her .

      • croup is not a bacterial infection

    • Is this oregano good for Parkinson’s disease

    • I’ve used oregano gel capsules instead of the drop of oil..It cleared my abscess which was on my gum straight away. I also broke open a capsule & rubbed onto infected area toothache went away within minutes. Very good stuff. Will never use Doctors prescribed antibiotics again.
      I have just given one capsule to my 14 year old daughter who is complaining of a sore throat.
      Will let you know how she feels by the end of the day ?

  2. I have used oregano oil diluted with either coconut or olive oil to treat respiratory infection. Worked beautifully! I have used this remedy several times, for adults and children.

    • Whats your dilution ratio?

    • Yes what is your dilution ratio please and thank you!

      • It depends on what I’m using it for, but I usually dilute at 1 drop per tsp of oil.

        • Is that orally or rubbed on body?

          • Topically. I’d only ever take oregano internally under the care of a professional because it is so potent.

          • I wish I had known more about how potent it is before I used it.

            Last evening we had oregano tea. I just took a sprig of oregano off my plant, put it into my cup and added boiling water. Added nothing else. It was delicious. I added more hot water three or four times, and it still tasted good.

  3. My grandmother used to make me a “tea” by boiling water with dried oregano to soothe menstrual cramps. Not sure if it was a Mexican wives tale or where it came from, but I recall it helping!

  4. One important note that I discovered after doing a bunch of research on oregano oil… The only oregano that has medicinal properties is wild Mediterranean oregano. Real wild Mediterranean oregano is of two varieties. Thymus capitatus and origanum vulgare. The oregano (fresh/dried I assume) that is sold in most grocery stores is NOT one of those varieties and has no medicinal properties. Good to know!!

    • I honestly can’t believe that. I don’t mean any offence by that statement but when I was just starting to learn about natural remedies I developed a dental abscess. In the UK doctors will not prescribe antibiotics for a dental issue. It was a bank holiday weekend and I couldn’t get in with a dentist. I was also feeling very ill. When I looked up my symptoms they correlated with blood poisoning, although I cannot conclusively say that was what I was suffering with. My abscess was very bad by this stage too and I was in severe pain. I looked up natural antibiotics and came across the suggestion of oregano oil. I didn’t have any but knowing that teas can also be a way to take herbs I decided to try as I had nothing to lose. I only had supermarket, year old, dried oregano in my cupboard. I managed to buy several jars of dried, cheap own brand at the local corner shop too. I swilled oregano tea around the tooth and drank a cupful every couple of hours. Within 5 days my abscess had cleared to a point where it no longer hurt and I was able to book in for a root canal. All my symptoms of blood poisoning cleared up within 24-32 hours. I didn’t touch a conventional antibiotic.

      I didn’t believe it would work in all honesty. Especially with the poor quality herbs but it did! So as much as I would recommend always sourcing a good quality herb, if you only have dried old herbs because you are just starting out (like I was) then I would recommend trying at least. I didn’t even have any garlic in the fridge! My partner had just died, my house was reposessed and I had lost my business. My health and cupboards were in a terrible state. Sometimes we just have to make do and for me, at that time, it paid off. I now have a whole range of herbs and home made tinctures etc. I am well prepared and eat a mostly plant based diet. I don’t need the herbs as much as I probably did before but it’s great to be able to pass the knowledge onto other people.

      • Thank u for sharing

    • Are you able to provide sourced for this claim please? All I have found is a bunch of blog posts that seem to regurgitate each others content tat provide questionable sources.

      As much as I belive wild crafted herbs growning in the mountains are probably the best quality (anything that has to fight for survival in such a harsh climate is going to be a decent source of nutrients and phyto chemicals especially when untouched by chemicals), I cannot believe that supermarket oregano has no medicinal benefit at all.

      Another situation has sprang to mind whilst trying to find sources for your comment. My sister had a fungal infection on her big toe. It was completely covered in a white thick coating – gross I know sorry! I tend to make my oregano tea the day before so that the brew is really strong. Again, this tea was made with the cheapest herbs as when I had my abscess I didn’t have access to anything better. I poured a little tea into a dish and soaked a cotton ball in it. I placed the cotton ball against the toe, wrapped it up and told her to leave it as long as possible. She came round the next day and I swear to you that the fungus was almost gone. There was just a tiny bit left which we cleared up with one more application.

      I just cannot see how even supermarket oregano has NO medicinal value although I can completely appreciate that wild crafted strains are likely to have have much more.

      • Leah you have a great attitude and intuition. Don’t stop doing what you do or let the skeptics put you off.
        on numerous occasions I have had to rely on store bought herbs and spices (turmeric) it takes a bit longer but they do still work.

  5. i’m from turkey- oregano oil used to be my favorite “medicine” while bringing up my children, and also for my arthritic mom.
    be careful– do not use undiluted! better mix a very small amount, 50:50, with some neutral oil (olive oil, almond, coconut), rub a tiny bit on your forearm and wait for about 5 minutes. there has to be a little bit of burning or stinging sensation. if it burns too much, then dilute more. if it doesnt burn at all, then put some more oregano oil. use it only after you “calibrate” and check, so you’ll know how much you have to dilute. dilution rate also depends upon which body area you’ll apply the oil. soles of feet– stronger. on the chest (esp. children)–more diluted. on the face (for sinus troubles)– much more diluted. common sense will tell.
    ok, now you’re ready to use it for:
    *common cold– rub the soles of your feet, then put on warm socks
    *stuffed nose- apply a tiny bit on the upper lip, under the nose. make sure the oil doesnt touch any bruised skin. nothing works as well-provides instant relief!
    *dry and irritating coughs- rub on the chest and back, cover with a warm towel
    *neck spasm, sore muscles- great when you just cant turn your head around- just rub it on and cover with some soft scarf or shawl
    *joint pain: rub and cover
    *tooth or gingiva problems: add 1-2 drops of oregano oil to a tablespoon of olive/sesame/coconut oil, and do oil pulling
    *if you make your own toothpaste, put some drops of oregano oil in it
    *sore throat: rub the neck and cover
    *some people put a few drops on a cube of sugar and swallow, for stomach problems- havent tried it myself. actually, havent ever tried the oil internally, but i make tea from leaves for cold and flu.
    *sinus problems: rub over your eyebrows and over your cheeks (dont get near your eyes!) dilute! can be corrosive on sensitive skin!
    be careful when you use it on kids- better test before using. their skin is delicate!
    this is strong medicine- dont overuse.
    i used to buy it from the locals at a small coastal town by the meditteranean and it was the real stuff! nowadays it’s hard to find the same quality oregano oil in my country. hope yours is better.

    • Could this oil cause miscarriage? I was using this on an older child of mine while early in my pregnancy and had a miscarriage?

      • I am a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils and in my desk reference guide, oregano is not listed as an oil to avoid or even listed as ‘use with caution’ during pregnancy. Granted, these are therapeutic grade oils so they are completely pure, but I don’t think oregano oil can cause a miscarriage. Also, I asked my midwife 3 weeks ago if there were any essential oils she thought I should avoid and she said no, she didn’t know of any that could cause problems. This is a midwife who works at a licensed OB, too, it’s not just some random person that took a course for a few weeks and can call herself a midwife.

      • I just read that it could– let me find the article.

        “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.”

        https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-oregano-essential-oil.html

        • I’m sorry for your loss. Please always use caution when using anything during pregnancies, even natural good for you things. I was curious though, if you used this oil on yourself or not, because you stated that you used this on an older child. If you did not use it, then I cannot see it causing a miscarriage.

    • Thank you for all if that information!!

    • Thanks Zeyne. Yours is the first post I found that actually told me HOW to use the oil of oregano. I had a sore throat, so put a few drops, maybe 4 or 5, into a quarter cup of water. I was going to gargle with it, so put a swig into my mouth. I thought I was going to die. It took a minute or more before I could breath naturally again. Why can someone sell this stuff without directions and warnings?
      I filled that cup with water and am using a few tablespoons of it to gargle a few times a day. The sore throat is gone but I think it won’t hurt.
      I am going to mix some up with coconut oil and have it on hand for other things. I will do your forearm test to see if it is the right dilution.

  6. A quick question, is oregano oil essential oil the same as oil of oregano, which is often sold with supplements and such at health food or vitamin store? I am thinking it is the same but safely pre-diluted EO sold as oil of oregano. any ideas?

  7. I swear by Oil of Oregano. I was told by a good friend of it’s healing properties so I started studying it. I take 2 capsules daily to aid my immunity and when I start to feel a cold coming on, I add the liquid tincture form OR I triple my capsule dosages. But probably the most amazing and instant healing I saw from it was when I used it topically (diluted with olive oil) on a cold sore that was forming on my upper lip. I’ve suffered from them since I was a kid and usually would suffer for weeks before they’d heal. 2 days of apply OOO topically and that sore was history! Poof, gone! Amazing stuff God gave us!

    • Is the liquid tincture form you use oregano leaf extract or the oil of oregano? How do these two forms differ? It seems my husband has some unexplained hives on and around his elbows and legs that get red and icth, some digestion issues and simply feeling off. I’ve gotten the leaf extract and wondering if the oil would serve a better purpose for his symptoms.

    • Sarah, do you mean your cold sore is gone forever? Have you got your test results?

  8. For over 3 years I have been suffering with neck pain both sides of my neck and stiffness going down my upper back and shoulders. This morning (Sabbath) I grabbed my mom’s plant book an started reading and came across the “”Oregano” plant and the medicinal use. Well, I have it growing on my back yard for Spaghetti and Lasagnas when I cook it I use it for seasoning.
    But today, a MIRACLE FROM GOD, I made a cup of tea and prayed God’s blessing over it, because God is the owner of all His plants in His world. I told God to show me what changes is doing in my body, then I drank it….about 20 minutes later, a voice said, turn your head from side to side, and so I did! I was AMAZED!! God’s miracle plant to heal my body! The book said,
    to drink 2 to 3 cups a day. So I give the glory and praise to God, and I thank the people that are diligently studying and sharing the medicinal usage of each plant as they discover it. The bible says, “The leaves are for the healing of the nations.” I believe it begins right now, right here on earth. God’s miraculous love can change our bodies and heal our souls and set us free from sickness and diseases. Please continue to share and post your experience with others. God bless, and here’s to good health, as I sip on my cup of Oregano tea. Cheers! Stella

    • Please tell us how you made the tea. How many leaves did you use for one cup. I know this can be really strong stuff.

  9. My husband has come down with what appears to be giardia or something similar. We try to avoid antibiotics so he’s been on a strict regimen of raw garlic and probiotics but I’m Thinking maybe oregano oil may be helpful too? Has anyone had any experience with this? Thanks!

    • Dear Rebecca Bauer,

      If you google ‘What is oregano good for?’ you will get your answer. According to google, it is good for giardia. Make the fresh leaves into tea by pouring boiling water over a few sprigs of oregano into a cup and steep for 5-7 minutes. Drink when it is comfortably hot first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Repeat for 2-3 days until symptoms disappear. Your query is dated April 30, 2014 and today it’s June 2, 2014. I’m interested to know whether or not you have tried oregano and what are the results if you did. Thank you.

  10. Hi, dumb newbie question… Do you use only dried oregano for tea or can you use fresh? I have a bit of Greek oregano growing in a pot that I’d like to use.

    • Late reply but in case anyone else is wondering then yes of course you can use fresh. PLEASE PLEASE do not think I am being rude by this comment but your question shows how out of touch we are with nature. The fact that we recognise organo as a dried herb to put on pizza and we are not sure of the actual plant is ok to use is very sad.

      I was new to this a couple of years ago and trust me I’ve asked all sorts of newbie questions so I am not trying to make you feel bad. I am merely highlighting the fact that we are so used to processed everything (that comes with instructions on the pack) we have no idea what to do with a fresh natural product.

      You will tend to want to use a little more with a fresh herb since dried are dense although don’t get too hung up on quantities. Just enjoy learning and never stop asking questions even if you think they are silly. It’s how we learn!

  11. Thanks so much for your informative posts! Is oil of oregano safe when trying to conceive? If not internally, would it be safe to use topically when trying to get pregnant? Thanks!

    • No, it is not. It can prevent implantation (aka early miscarriage) because it thins out the lining of the uterus by promoting blood stimulation of the uterus which can bring on menstruation. I would think after pregancy it would be safe like some other herbs or spices are that way:)

      Look up: http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/oregano-oil.aspx AND Livestrong oregano oil pregnancy

      Oregano oil is useful to bring on late periods because of it’s effectiveness for really good stimulation. Just like Parlsy tea and Rosemary oil. Rosemary and Oregano come from the same family.

      I know rosemary oil works because I used it in during my period when for several cycles they had seemed to be very light and surely it flowed! Later I found out my light periods were due to low progesterone from being under high, “cortisol”, stress. God bless!

  12. I was getting rosacea on the bridge of my nose and I started applying a mixture of 10 drops jojoba, 4 drops oregano oil and 3 drops tea tree oil at night and within 2 weeks it was gone and the dermatologist confirmed it! Saved a lot of money on conventional treatments!

    • Hi Arla.
      I was wondering about your mixture of jojoba, oregano and tea tree.
      I assume that you are talking about essential oils.
      Did you put these drops in a carrier oil like grape seed, coconut or olive and than apply to your skin or just the mixture of the three essential oils?

      • Hey Helge!
        Jojoba is a carrier oil, and oregano and tea tree are the essential oils. I often use Jojoba as a carrier, and my sister just gave me a new bottle the other day.. Google some facts on it, and see if it could be a good fit for you… I normally buy mine here: https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/jojoba-oil/profile

  13. I read somewhere that taking diluted oil of oregano internally can counter-act the goodness of the probiotics I’m taking. Is this true? Thanks.

    • You need to take the probiotics 2 hours after taking the diluted oil of oregano. It is a powerful antimicrobial. Separate their use.

  14. thanks for the info .. How does it work on the knees. I have arthritis in both knees.. Help

  15. I have oregano growing and wondered if there is any way to use it for the healing of a boil on my daughter’s face. She has been putting a paste of turmeric on it and it has reduced the inflammation. We were wondering about using the oregano as a healer and antibacterial use. Can anyone advise me? We can also use oil of oregano if it will not irritate too much. Thank you, Carol

    • I haven’t personally tried it but I had an Amish fried who would make a poultice of plantain, comfrey and oregano and said it worked wonders

    • I diluted OOO with Olive oil and used it on two MASSIVE warts that my son had and within two weeks they were completely gone!

  16. Im pregnant…and i know cannot take but can i apply topically without any problems…odd and too much info..but i have small bump beside anal… abscess and want to use for that because definately do not want it to get bigger and usually the only solution is for it to be cut and drained…however mine is the beginning of one and want to try naturally… thanks.

  17. I want to take this oil for candida and intestinal issues. How many drops a day and how many days should I take OOO?

    • No one seems to be giving an oral dilution amount, and i would like to know x’s per day dosing. I’m interested in this along with the others that have been asking.

      • ALSO, FORGOT TO SAY BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO GET THE UNDILUTED OIL ON THE SKIN IT CAN BURN, IT WILL NOT CAUSE A BAD BURN LIKE HEAT WILL, BUT IT WILL STING…

      • I’ve taken the Oil of Oregano that I’ve bought from a natural store and I assume it is diluted. It says to take 3-4 drops three times daily. But i hate to do it that many times so I always take 12 drops with a mouthful of water and swallow quickly followed by more water. I do this for a couple of days when it’s flu season or whenever I’m around sick people or hospitals. I also used it diluted with Olive oil on warts and they disappeared.

      • Whenever I take it orally I take a mouthful of water, and then I take anywheres from 3-12 drops at a time, and then I swallow the water and I drink more water cuz of the taste. Yuck. If I want to avoid catching something that’s going around like a flu or some other bug, I will take 12 drops once a day. However if I have something specific that I want to get rid of (like when I had bells palsy) I will double up by taking 8 drops three times a day for a week or two. If using topically, ALWAYS ALWAYS dilute the OOO in a carrier oil, and Olive oil makes a nice carrier oil if nothing else is on hand.

  18. Hi, is oil pulling with my homemade oregano tincture from the herb mixed with coconut oil okay during pregnancy? Thanks!

  19. Oregano leaf and Oil of Oregano are not the same. You want Mediterranean oil of oregano especially for internal use. The dilution for oral use is 4-5 drops in about an ounce of water. Be careful not to get it on lips, it will burn. But it really works as a great anti biotic. Your body does not build up a resistance to it.

  20. Thanks, Katie, for ALL of your research! What a blessing to us other women/moms/homemakers. I am so thankful that I found your blog. I have a question about EO providers. I notice that you get many of your EO’s and herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs. I usually buy Young Living EO’s because they are claimed to be “such good quality”. But I am SO tempted by MRH’s prices! They are so much lower! For example, Young Living Oregano EO is $36.51 for 15ml. The same size on MRH is $10! Huge difference. From what I’ve read on your blog, you only promote products that you fully support and use yourself. So I’m wondering if, in your opinion, the expensive oils (YL, doTerra, etc.) are just charging for the label. I’m not asking you to bash any certain brand. I just would like your opinion on MRH. If I am going to be using EO’s and herbs to treat my families illnesses and pains, I want to be using quality, effective products! Thanks for all you do to get good, helpful information out to us!

    • I personally have found MRH to be incredible high quality. I’ve used YL and DT in the past at different times and found them comparable. I’m highly cautious of ingesting any oils anyway, so I don’t have much experience with that, but I’ve used the MRH oils for years and love them.

    • Please, please explain your letters: MRH, DT, YL, at least once in your post.

      • MRH = Mountain Rose Herbs; DT = doTerra; YL = Young Living.

  21. i am suffering at the moment which i think is a pulled muscle. the awful pain starts at the ankle and travels up the leg to my buttox.sometimes it goes to a different part of the leg. what oregano should i buy to relieve the awful pain , cannot put my foot to the floor without pain,. thank you millie traylor

  22. Katie can you explain what you understand to be the diffent uses of oregano leaf EXTRACT and essential oil of oregano? You have said you don’t generally ingest essential oils, what about plant extracts (in alcohol)?
    Thank you!

    • I do use herbal tinctures since they have many of the benefits of the herbs without the concentration.

    • I’m confused about using oil vs extract! I have Gaia oregano leaf extract, 333 mg/ml. The recommended dosage on the bottle is 40 drops, 1.33 ml. I’m not sure if I can use this in place of oregano oil, and how the dosage would change. Please advise!

  23. Can I use oregano oil on a bed sore??

  24. I agree – sticking with the Candida Diet is the best way to go. I wish I had that will power all the time! The Candida Diet def works, but i also keep a bottle of Lady Soma Candida Cleanse handy when I cant follow the diet – take a pill in the morning and at night for a couple days – and it will be gone…..get back on the diet when you can – but keep Lady Soma around when you cant

  25. Thanks for another great post wellness momma! And just chime in- it is also helpful and important to take probiotics with oil of oregano consumption. 🙂

  26. So I have had this stupid cough for almost 3 weeks now. After the 1st week and sleepless nights (my husband too) i went to the doctor for some “drugs”. I’m usually against it, but I was desperate. I knew about oregano oil but used in the past to help prevent colds. I didn’t have any left and simply forgot about it. A “Z- pack” and an inhaler later…still have this stupid cough (though not as bad as in the beginning). Then I happen to read an article about oregano oil again…so I said thats it Im buying it. I paid an over priced amount for it and done. I took 3 drops under the tongue which I read and heard to do several times. Holy balls it was disgusting! It almost made me gag. That being said, the constant tickle in the back of my throat almost went away instantly.
    So my question is, how do I manage taking it again and again without dying each time?
    I appreciate ANY ideas you may have!!!
    THANKS IN ADVANCE!

    • You could dilute the drops in water? Holding your nose and swigging something strong and pleasant straight afterwards (whilst still holding your nose) is an effective way to get any disgusting tasting medicine down. By the time you let go you should only be able to taste the last substance with may be a mild aftertaste of the disgusting whatever.

      The problem with antibiotics is that they are absolutely no good at dealing with viral infections which is why you can’t treat a cold with them. Coughs are often viral (although not always). It does sound as if your cough was. Herbs are often antiviral and antibiotic so they really are better than conventional medicine as a first approach. Garlic and oregano are great examples of something with both (and more) properties.

      • My wife buys a baggy of empty gel caps at the health food store, they pull apart. I put the top part over the cap of the YL EO “Oregano” and let 3 or 4 drops go into that little part of the capsule. Then put the two parts back together.
        With my meal emaciated in my mouth, before swallowing, I take the capsule and down it goes with food ready to be assimilated. The powerful presence of the undiluted “Oregano” does not burn, does not taste, is assimilated with the digestive process.
        I don’t pre-fill the capsule as the strength of the Oregano will burn/melt the capsule.
        I’m super sensitive to the strength of that EO, so this method works for me. After breakfast, right now, I can feel it working internally on the upper left side of my body and moving up my neck to the left side of my head . . . most interesting.

  27. I use it all the time. I take a big drink of water without swallowing and hold it in my mouth, then I add the drops i need to take and then I swallow the water and drink more water. I’ve taken anywheres from three to twelve drops at a time because it says to take 3-4 drops up to three times per day and I hate the taste so i just do it all in one shot. Take it as needed and stop after it has worked. Take it as a prevention when ppl around you are sick or during fly season. I wouldn’t take it more than two weeks for sure. It’s better than antibiotics

  28. Have had huge challenges with congestion, which in turn has caused a cough over a month now & congested?plugged ears for a week ( a first for me), Started taking silver sol & searching online for more natural remedies to help & ran into oil of oregano. I bought this several years ago when I had the flu, got something really potent from Australia, followed the directions, I think I took around a 1/2 tsp and threw up immediately. I would really like to give it a try again but have no idea what brand to get, or if I should get capsules, how much, etc. Saw something on Dr. OZ online, tried to buy that brand but can’t find it.

    I really would love some detailed suggestions on brand, quantity, & frequency from someone who has taken it internally with no vomiting issues please!

    • I bought..wild mediterranean oregano oil…the brand is from a health store near me but ingredient says on bottle oregano leaf oil 40mg and standardized to 70% carvacrol.. i take 4 drops every couple days..and never have threw up. Cured a boil and currently clearling poison oak…thymex supplements was also suggested to me to fight any active infection.. good luck

    • If you are unsure of the oil why don’t you try teas instead or a tincture? I would recommend trying the oil again obviously. I think Mountain Rose Herbs are the best value for quality in America. I am in the UK but I hear this name a lot on the web and know it is highly recommended and not overpriced.

      If you don’t get on with the oil then please don’t give up on oregano. Try a tea as this is an instant and simple method of ingestion and saves the expense of buying a tincture or the time frame of making one. If the tea doesn’t agree with you then may be you can’t get on with oregano at higher doses? I have never heard of this apart from in the form of allergies but that doesn’t mean it is impossible.

  29. I purchased oil of oregano, which is already diluted with virgin olive oil. To take internally, how should I prepare it? I was thinking of adding a few drops to water and drinking it… But how many drops?

  30. It is very hot, even if you apply it topically you will feel a hot sensensation! Dilute it with olive oil before applying it and if drinking it drunk it with a big gulp of water. I take a drink with a max of 12 drops but I am used to it so you may wanna start with three drops and work ur way up. It says to take around 3-4 drops up to 3x daily. I hate the taste so I take 12 drops at once and get it over with. I rarely catch the flus and colds now and I even got rid of two very large warts that never came back.

  31. Why isn’t anyone answering about the ratio?????????????? Bit suspicious that those questions are ignored.

    • NO reason to be suspicious…. I’m just a busy mom of five who occasionally misses some of the hundreds of comments that come in per day. I answered below, but I dilute at 1 drop per teaspoon typically.

  32. Essential oil of oregano is dangerous full strength for an adult. Sometimes you can buy diluted like 25% oregano and 75% olive oil. But for a baby check someone with definite knowledge or try pub med ncib for a scientific answer. I bought this for the first time today and put a drop on my tongue, and thought I was going to die. My lips turned red like a chemical burn. The reaction is very unbearable for an adult. I can see why this is such a good agent against the superbugs. I am going to try the “one drop per tablespoon.” Externally, first I will try, like feet. Be careful with this.

  33. Wellness Mama — you rock! thank you for all you do and especially, for following your heart. Your blog comes up with many, many questions I have about wellness and caring for my family.

    I’ve enjoyed and learned about oregano essential oil and its uses. Thank you.

    Love, love love and more love — another adoring fan

    Michelle (Granny of 1)

  34. I take my oil of oregano with a little bit of V8 juice and chase it with some water. If I have a sensitive stomach that day, I opt for putting it in gelatin capsules

  35. Hi, Is is ok to use organic essential oregano oil for ingesting? It says not to be ingested. But may I add one drop to a glass of water, mix and drink? Many thanks for all the wonderful information.

  36. Do you leave the oregano oil and coconut oil on all night? How do i apply it? Just massage in on the areas? I am trying to treat facial dandruff. Well, prevent it from coming back after i exfoliate all of it off. Because ive just read where coconut oil has antifungal properties and oregano oil can kill yeast and fungi which is what this is. And my skin is too sensitive (because of this issue) for products that has 1000 different chemicals.! Thanks!

  37. I’ve had a sore throat for months and I’ve been taking high strength oil of oregano for almost a year now. I put 10 drops into my cacao, banana and porridge in the morning and again in my egg, banana and cacao smoothie later. I take it for candida. It sounds like I shouldn’t have a sore throat.

  38. I am shopping on line for oil of oregano. Are “oil of oregano” and “oregano oil the same thing?

    thanks!

    Marlene

    • Oregano is the leaf from the plant, oil of oregano is the oil from it…

    • no, “oregano oil” is extract of oregano in other words, organic… “oil of oregano” is more artificial and stored longer with different chemicals other than the oregano compound itself.

  39. Hi I was wondering if you could explain the difference between oregano oil and oregano tincture, is there a difference in the potency, can they be used for the same problems? I have recurring yeast infections and want to use oregano together with cyprylic acid but can only find the tincture here in Greece.

    • Oregano essential oils is a really concentrated form of oregano. A tincture is much less concentrated, though they both offer some of the same benefits. It would be tough to mix a medium chain fat like caprylic acid with an alcohol based tincture, but I would think both could be taken at different times.

      • Thanks, Wellness Mama. I learned a lot from reading this today. My bottle says: “Pure Oregano” “Origanum vulgare” “100% Pure Essential Oil” The it says “Use: Aromatic or topical. Diffuse aromatically. For topical use, dilute with a carrier oil.” But it doesn’t say anything about what the “carrier” might be, how much to use, and for what to use it. I think there should be a pamphlet or something to go with it to tell us about its properties. It came from the Melaleuca Company.

  40. ummm…. it sounds weird to me when u say… redding the ringworm… isn’t that the opposite of what we want to do

  41. I’m confused about whether oil of oregano is the same as the essential oregano oil. Wellness Mama, you mention the risks of taking essentials, but isn’t that what oil of oregano is? Or is everyone taking the essential oil diluted in olive oil? Is the oil of oregano I should take something that is more of a pre-made tincture? Thanks in advance for anyone with insight. I feel like this question has been implied on this thread already but not clearly answered.

    • Oregano essential oil is very potent and can be harmful in certain amounts. Oil of oregano can also apply to an oil that is infused with oregano as well as the essential oil.

  42. I purchased my Oil of Oregano off of Amazon from Zane Hellas for about $20 for a 30ml/1 fl oz bottle.
    When I bought it, I had to wait a few weeks for it to arrive because it came from Greece.
    I know the amount of carvacrol is what determines how strong it’s antiviral capabilities will be and this bottle came from a batch that has over 86%. I believe mine has somewhere between 91.2% or 92.7% carvacrol in it. It came with a piece of paper in it that had specific percentage amounts but I threw that paper away about a month ago so I can’t give a definitive percantage amount. That paper with also tell you how much thymol it has in it, as well. I believe it’s suppose to have a little bit in it but not very much. This batch has less than 2%.
    A word of caution when using this: It is extremely strong in the smell department. When I put the glass dropper in it, some of the oil spilled on the side of the bottle and my kitchen smelled like a Pizzaria for the remainder of the day. Even after turning on the exhaust fan.
    And even diluted (I used one drop) in 8 1/2 ounces of grape juice, the smell of the oil is still there. The taste of the oil is definitely still there and it still burned my lips drinking it.
    I had the misfortune of finding out that if you drink said 8 1/2 oz of grape juice on an empty stomach with said single drop of oil, it will cause a laxative affect.
    Also be prepared to have to wash your hands multiple times after washing your glass because your hands will smell like Oregano for hours, if not longer. So another word of caution when using this: use gloves because otherwise you’re hands will smell like a pizza!

    I also bought some other essential oils from Nature’s Gift.
    I like this website because they tell you where they source their oils from and how the process was done for each of the oils. They give a lot of useful information for the oils and they even let you know if the oils will have contraindications.

  43. Can oregano essential oil be used to treat blotting. If yes how

  44. Hi guys,
    I’m 34 yr old male suffering from fistula in ano. An abscess formed first turned into fistula 4 years ago still suffering from fistula. Is this oil can help healing fistula and infection. Has anybody tried this oil plz leave a reply thousands of patients are looking for a ray of hope with this condition. Doctors can’t cure with surgeries(very low success rate I had 3 times surgery)
    Thanks.
    Jay

    • I had something similar..I guess.I didn’t get it looked at by Dr. Just noticed a knot or abscess beside butthole..wasn’t sure if hair ingrown or why. I knew it was gonna get bigger or have to be lanced. But I stayed in…few days. Used the oregano with coconut oil..throughout the day for couple days. It went down completely and never returned.