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15 Awesome Uses of Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil has amazing healing properties for the body. It is antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antiviral, stimulates the immune system and is high in antioxidants. Be cautious when buying this essential oil. Get oregano essential oil that is distilled from the Origanum vulgare (Mediterranean oregano) plant.

You should also read the ingredients carefully as many manufacturers blend oregano oil with olive oil or flax oil. This makes a difference in the carrier oil dilution rate. If it is already diluted to, say, half strength, you will want to use twice as many drops when mixing it with carrier oils.

1. Treat Skin Infections

Mix a few drops of oregano EO into about a teaspoon of coconut oil to treat skin infections of all types. It will quickly kill bacteria and reduce inflammation. Apply it twice a day after you wash the infected area with a mild cleanser.

2. Improve Mouth Health

Add a few drops of oregano essential oil to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and use it for oil pulling. The oregano oil will kill bacteria in your mouth and impart some of its other awesome healing properties. It will be absorbed into your system through your mouth, especially under your tongue. This is great for the treatment of gingivitis.

Mix 2 drops of oregano oil into a 4-ounce glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with it to eradicate fungal or yeast (candida) infections.

Important Note: Whatever you choose for an oil, make sure that the oils you purchase are high quality. Remember, you're breathing this oil into your lungs so essential oil quality is a terrible place to cut corners.

3. Relieve Sore Muscles

Mix 2 to 4 drops of oregano essential oil into 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, argan oil or olive oil and massage your sore, achy muscles with it after a hard workout. I prefer to use coconut oil and a few drops of argan oil for this. Coconut oil has a good texture for massage while the argan oil absorbs into the skin more quickly.

Add 2 to 4 drops of oregano oil to your diffuser and use it for 45 to 60 minutes for healing aromatherapy. The anti-inflammatory compounds are dissipated into the air and absorbed into your system through the sinuses and lungs.

*Do an allergy test by dabbing the oregano oil/carrier oil blend on your leg or arm. Wait a few hours to make sure you don’t have a reaction before rubbing it all over your skin.*

4. Relieve Joint Pain

Use the sore muscle mixture and gently rub it into your sore, achy joints. It is great for the treatment of arthritis and bursitis inflammation. You can also add 2 to 4 drops of peppermint essential oil. The peppermint brings additional anti-inflammatory benefits and has “warming” properties that speed healing.

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5. Treat Athlete’s Foot

Combine 2 to 4 drops of oregano oil and 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for an excellent athlete’s foot treatment. Massage the oil in between your toes and over your entire foot 2 to 3 times a day. It’s best to spread the anti-fungal blend all over your entire foot. You should also change your socks each time you apply it to speed healing.

6. Get Rid of Nail Fungus

Rub straight oregano essential oil into the tips of your toes and fingers four times a day to treat nail fungus. Really work it in under the tip and along the edges of the nail. The fungal infection should be completely gone within 2 months. For an even more effective nail fungus treatment, mix 3 drops of oregano oil with 2 drops of tea tree oil and apply the blend four times each day. You must apply it four times a day every day in order for it to work. Nail fungus is extremely persistent and difficult to cure.

*Do not use oregano essential oil if you are pregnant or nursing or on young children.*

7. Cure Ringworm

Mix 2 to 4 drops of oregano EO into a teaspoon of coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil or sweet almond oil and apply it to the site of ringworm infection 5 to 6 times a day until the skin is clear. The anti-fungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of this oil will quickly soothe the area and eradicate the fungal infection. You can add 2 drops of lavender oil, too, for a more soothing ointment that also helps stop itchiness.

Diffusing oregano oil for 45 to 60 minutes every few hours during the day or right before you go to bed can also help cure ringworm infections. If you want to turn on the diffuser and leave it on while you fall asleep, use a diffuser with an auto-shut-off feature and figure out how much water will keep it going for about an hour.

*Do not use oregano oil within 2 weeks of a scheduled surgery.*

8. Remove Warts

Add 1 teaspoon of oregano oil to 2 tablespoons of a carrier oil like argan, coconut or olive oil and put a small amount of it on the wart 4 to 6 times each day. You can also cover the wart with a bandage or piece of tape to speed healing. Depriving the wart of oxygen will eradicate it more quickly.

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9. Get Rid of Parasites

Mix 4 drops (200 mg) of oregano oil into a glass of water and take it 3 times each day to get rid of parasites. According to WebMD, you should take it for 6 weeks to make sure the parasites are completely eradicated. You can also get oregano gel caps. The most common size is 250 mg but, you can get 100mg gel caps. Just take 2 100mg gel caps 3 times a day.

*Make sure you get high-quality food- or therapeutic-grade oregano essential oil*

10. Combat Sinus Infections

Take 2 drops of oregano oil daily for 2 weeks for sinus infections. Its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties will help kill the bacteria and heal the sinuses. You can put the oil in a veggie gel capsule and take that, add it to a glass of water or take a 100mg gel cap.

Add 2 to 3 drops to your diffuser and run that for 45 to 60 minutes to get oregano sinus-healing benefits or put a few drops into a pot of steaming water and inhale the vapors for a few minutes at a time. Many people will drape a towel over their head while doing this to keep the vapors in.

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11. Relieve Sinus Congestion from Colds

Breathe in oregano oil vapors to get relief from congestion and cold symptoms like sore throat and cough. Either use a diffuser for 45 to 60 minutes or add the oil to a steaming pot of water. The oregano oil will also boost your immune systems, kill bacteria and help you fight off viruses.

*Talk to your healthcare provider if you are being treated for diabetes or have a bleeding disorder prior to using oregano oil.*

12. Treat Respiratory Infections

Take 1 to 2 drops of oregano oil each day to help treat respiratory infections. Either mix it in water, put it in a veggie capsule or take a 100mg gel cap. Oregano oil vapors can also help with this. Put a few drops in your diffuser or into a steaming pot of water and deeply inhale the vapors 8 to 10 times to get the healing compounds deep into your lungs.

13. Cure Urinary Tract Infections

Take 1 to 2 drops of oregano oil daily to cure urinary tract infections. It should be cleared up within a few days. You should see a health care provider for an accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations if you suspect you have a UTI. Talk to him or her about treating the infection with oregano essential oil.

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14. Treat Yeast Infections

Add 4 drops of oregano oil to 3 tablespoon of coconut oil , divide it into 4 servings and take 1 serving 4 times each day for up to 10 days to treat yeast or candida infections. The easiest way to do this is to melt the coconut oil by putting it in a bowl then setting that bowl in another bowl with hot water in it. Thoroughly mix in the oregano then divide the mixture evenly into 4 servings in an ice cube tray. Put the tray in the refrigerator. The oil will set in about half an hour.

15. Speed Healing of Cold Sores

Mix 2 to 4 drops of oregano oil into 1 teaspoon of olive oil and dab it on your cold sore as soon as you feel it coming on. The antiviral properties will help it heal quickly.

Was this list helpful to you? I was amazed when I found out about all of the awesome uses of oregano essential oil. It has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Ancient Greeks and Romans used it extensively. It is now being explored scientifically in controlled clinical studies to determine exactly how effective it really is and how it should be used. I am always glad to read about natural, safe and effective alternatives to modern medicines.

Please leave a comment to let me know if this list helped and tell me about your own personal experiences with oregano essential oil. We can all contribute to a more complete list of its benefits. Be sure to share, too, so that others can learn about all of this oil’s natural benefits.


About the author

Reannan Raine

Reannan worked in the non-profit sector for 30 years. Now she devotes her time to freelance writing and sharing knowledge about alternative ways to stay healthy. She believes we could all benefit from the use of fresh herbs and spices in our cooking, essential oils in our medicine cabinets and daily meditation.

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