Aromatherapy Lessons: Oregano Oil

Last winter I saw a friend posting that they were using oregano essential oil to treat their families for cold and flu symptoms. I wanted to do some research before flu season this year to search ways to protect our family.

Oregano essential oil, Origanum Vulgare, has a powerful, camphor-like aroma. Oregano essential oil is extracted through steam distillation of leaves and is a thick consistency with a pale yellow color. It blends well with Lavender, Rosemary, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cypress, Cedarwood, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus.

Oregano essential oil is thought to have the following properties:

  • analgesic
  • anti-rheumatic
  • antiseptic
  • antispasmodic
  • antitoxic
  • antiviral
  • bactericidal
  • carminative
  • diuretic
  • expectorant
  • fungicidal
  • parasiticide
  • stimulant

Because it has a high carvacol (active ingredient) content oregano essential oil is considered to have some of the greatest antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties.
Oregano essential oil is a dermal and mucous membrane irritant and a maximum dilution of 1% for topical applications. Possible drug interactions can occur. Do not use if pregnant, nursing or with children under 2 years of age.
Uses for Oregano Essential Oil:

  • Treat congestion, asthma or bronchitis by adding 2-3 drops of Oregano EO in 1 tbsp of carrier oil or lotion and apply to the chest.
  • Treat arthritis and muscular pain by adding 2-3 drops in a carrier oil or lotion and massage affected area.
  • Treat Warts/Skin Tags by using a dilution of 10%-25% (learn more about EO dilution) and use a cotton swab to apply directly to the wart or skin tag 2-3 times a day. Consider applying carrier oil to the surrounding skin to avoid irritation.
  • Treat athlete’s foot or any type of fungus by diluting in Fractionated Coconut Oil at 1-3%. Test spot to make sure the dilution isn’t too hot (irritating). Apply directly on the affected area 2-3 times a day.
  • Treat cold and flu by diffusing Oregano essential oil in your favorite diffuser.


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