Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils available. It has a long history of medicinal uses before it became a staple of kitchen seasonings. In aromatherapy, oregano essential oil treats the same kinds of complaints as the herb. The essential oil comes from the leaves of the oregano plant in a steam distillation process. The growing oregano plant repels ants and many insect pests, so it is a good plant to grow in your home vegetable garden.
Originally hailing from Europe and Central Asia, oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils. Oregano has a beneficial effect upon the digestive and respiratory systems. In traditional health practices, oregano has been used for centuries for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. The primary chemical components of oregano are carvacrol and thymol (both are phenols), which possess cleansing and antioxidant properties. The oregano plant is one nature’s best natural antiseptics because of its high thymol content.
Oregano Essential Oil History
The word “oregano” comes from the Greek phrase, “joy of the mountains.” Using oregano leaves, the Ancient Greeks made creams for treating sores and aching muscles. Ancient Greeks used oregano extensively both internally and externally to treat skin irritations and infections. The Greeks even used oregano to prevent alcoholic ales from turning sour. They also believed that cows would produce tastier meat if they grazed on fields of oregano. Traditional Chinese healers have also used oregano for generations to treat a variety of complaints.
Oregano has a very long history of use in folklore. Besides culinary and medicinal purposes, oregano was believed to hold magical properties as well. In Shakespearean times, oregano was thought to encourages good luck. It was even used in spells for happiness, tranquility, and health.
It wasn’t until after the Second World War that oregano found popularity in the United States. Much of its use in the past is still how it is used today.
Oregano Essential Oil Uses Today
Oregano essential oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic properties. Due to the variety of applications, Oregano holds its position as one of the elites in essential oils
A daily drop of oregano taken internally can help maintain both a healthy immune function and support a healthy respiratory function. When seasonal threats are high, oregano can be taken more frequently to boost immunity further. Oregano also supports healthy digestion by promoting the secretion of digestive juices.
- Take one or two drops daily to maintain healthy immune function.
- Take one or two drops to support healthy respiratory function and healthy digestion
- Excellent source of antioxidants
- Use as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent – put ten drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.
- Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
- Apply diluted to distressed toenails (Oregano should be diluted with dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil when applying to the skin.)
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Oregano essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. You can also place two drops in a Veggie Capsule and take with water.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Due to the high phenol content, we recommend caution when inhaling or diffusing Oregano. Just one drop, possibly two, are sufficient.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Oregano essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Oregano oil.