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22+ Oregano Oil Health Benefits and Uses

Oregano essential oil (Origanum vulgare) is a pretty popular oil right now. There are countless oregano oil health benefits being discovered every day, with uses ranging from to cooking to hospital wards. The aroma is much like you'd expect - sharp and herby. It's not usually an aroma people are drawn to, since it so closely resembles a bottle of Ragu and nothing says appealing like a walking advertisement for Italian food. But we put up with the aroma anyway, because it really works remarkably well.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

According to Modern Essentials, the properties within a quality brand of oregano include:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antiparasitic
  • Antiseptic to the respiratory system
  • Antiviral
  • Immune stimulant

Simply eating dried or fresh oregano is good for you, but it's nothing compared to the potency of the essential oils of oregano. It only takes a small amount to make a pretty big impact. It's most often used for immune support, respiratory support, and muscles and joints. And yes, you will smell like a pizza for a good 6 hours afterwards.

Oregano oil also has some interesting emotional and energetic uses, as well. It is said to teach a person non-attachment, especially to their own Ego and the false identities they've built into their lives.

Because of this it may help a person to release the need to be right, diminishing (harmful forms of) pride, let go of unhelpful opinions (or the need to share them in unhelpful ways), and to learn not to cling tightly to the impermanent. Think of these things like emotional viruses that this antiviral oil clears swiftly and powerfully. This can leave a person able to dive into the flow of Life and their own spiritual practice without the common blocks (our own mind) getting in the way.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY

The information provided here on the properties and uses of essential oils 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", much of what you find at the drug store is not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants.

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn what to look for in safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Oil of Oregano

To answer your first question: Yes, you will smell like Italian food! And it will likely make you hungry for pizza or pasta.

Traditionally, oregano oil health benefits are gained using these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

How to use essential oils!
Adults Children/Sensitive Pregnancy

Precautions: This is a HOT oil - always dilute with any application suggestions below! Avoid with children under 6 years. Internal usage should be kept to no more than a week. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Click this link for more application guidance and precautions.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

Suggested and Possible Uses of Oil of Oregano

The following are potential uses found in or on Modern Essentials, Aromatic Science, PubMed.gov, as well as through anecdotal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Athlete's Foot
Massage into the feet, add a drop to shoes, soak socks in warm water and 2 drops of oregano or add 1-2 drops in a foot bath.

Calluses
Massage with coconut oil into the area once a day.

Candida
Take this internally in a capsule, add to food, or massage over the area of concern.

Canker Sores
Dab the diluted mixture onto the sore 1-3x a day. You can also try Melissa essential oil.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Massage the oil into the hands, wrists and up the forearms, upper arms and shoulders. Be sure to use movement that goes UP the arm (toward the heart).

Fungal Infections
Can be used topically, taken internally, and/or inhaled aromatically according to the type and location of infection and to increase the oregano oil health benefits.

Immune System (Stimulant)
Use daily on the soles of the feet, add a drop to meals or your bathwater, and add 1 drop to a pan of steaming water to inhale for several minutes a day.

Inflammation
Gently massage into the inflamed area, always massaging toward the heart.

Intestinal Parasites
You can access the best oregano oil health benefits by massaging into the soles of the feet and in a clockwise motion over the abdomen. Also be sure to take the oil internally, such as by adding to capsules or meals, but not for more than a week or so.

MRSA
Massage into the soles of the feet and over the chest to increase immune response and help your body fight the infection. (Read more about Oregano oil health benefits and MRSA here.)

Muscle Aches
Dilute within coconut oil and massage into the muscles, moving toward the heart.

Nasal Polyp
Drop 2 drops of oregano oil in a pan of steaming water. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam for as long as possible. Also beneficial to apply over the reflex points of the feet. You can reheat this water on the stove generally once more before it's suggested to start fresh, but the water should not be too hot or it will just cause the oils to evaporate too quickly.

Parasites
Take internally (in capsules or food), massage into the soles of the feet, or apply over the area of concern.

Plague
Do we still have the plague floating around?? Diffuse throughout the home to fight infection and apply daily to the soles of the feet.

Pneumonia
Oregano oil health benefits include this difficult to treat illness. Diffuse through the room, use in a steam tent, or work into the soles of the feet.

Ringworm
Massage a 1:3 ratio of oregano oil to coconut oil directly over the site. I also recommend adding Lavender and Melaleuca. Do this 3x a day and continue several days after it disappears.

Staph Infection
Work into the soles of the feet for fast absorption into the blood stream. Also, take internally in capsules or within food as directed in the uses above.

Vaginal Candida
Take internally with food or in capsules, massage into the feet. Or using a vaginal syringe, use internally. But seriously, be careful with this one. Make sure they are well diluted first and you might want to make sure you're not sensitive to the oil, because this would be a terrible way to find out.

Viral Infections
Use a hot compress, add oregano to your bath water, or massage into the reflex points of the feet.

Warming to the Body
Warming is one of the little known oregano oil health benefits. Massage into the hands and feet and around the neck.

Warts
Apply a 1:3 ratio with raw coconut oil directly to the wart. Consider adding Melaleuca, as well.

Whooping Cough
Massage over chest and into the pads of the feet. Also consider diffusing through the air.

Other reported uses of oil of oregano include: Asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems; mental disease; tuberculosis; rheumatism; digestive issues; colds and flus; metabolism; and increasing a sense of safety and security. But remember you will only see the most oregano oil health benefits when you're using high quality, high purity essential oils.

To support theses oregano oil health benefits, also consider trying Thyme, Melaleuca, this immunity blend, Lemon, or check out other essential oils here.



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