Oregano (Origanum vulgare) Oil from dōTERRA®
Powerful antiseptic properties, very strong antioxidant
Oregano oil has a heavy, herbaceous, spicy, pungent aroma that really lingers. No one would ever confuse it with perfume. However, what it lacks as a perfume, it more than makes up for in other important ways. Oregano oil
- has powerful anti-viral properties. Studies have shown it to be highly damaging to many kinds of virsuses.
- has been demonstrated to be 99% effective at reducing airborne bacteria.
With a score of 153,007 µTE/100 g on the antioxidant ORAC scale, oregano oil has proven itself as an outstanding antioxidant that provides powerful help in fighting the effects of free radicals.
15 mL bottle.
About oregano oil:
Oregano is a member of the mint family, and is often described as nature's most potent antiseptic. Jean Valnet described oregano oil as one of the strongest known anti-inflammatory substances and, in terms of reversing pain and inflammation, it has nearly the power of morphine.
Oregano is also an excellent lymphatic stimulator.
Because of its strong anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-viral properties, it is often used for candidacies and fungal infections.
Oregano oil is certified by the FDA as GRAS; however, it is a very "hot" oil, so dilution is a carrier oil is recommended, especially for ingestion.
Key properties of oregano oil
Primary constituents of oregano oil:
- Carvacrol, thymol, linalool and borneol
- Betabisabolene, caryophyllene
Some of the therapeutic properties of oregano include: antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, anti-viral and disinfectant.
Common uses for oregano oil
Oregano oil can be used very effectively for fungus and athlete's foot infections. Simply dilute to 50% or more with a carrier oil and apply topically, twice daily.
Oregano is also very potent when used for respiratory ailments, such as colds, flu, sore throat, asthma and bronchitis. It helps to relieve congestion, loosen phlegm and quiet coughs. Either applying it topically (diluted, unless applied to the feet) or diffused, it offers you excellent benefits.
For an intestinal infection or digestive problems, oregano oil can be diluted and ingested. Take 1-2 drops in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, or dilute and place in a capsule.
Oregano oil can be diffused for its antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, to clear the air of pathogens, or used as a mouthwash and gargle for sore throats. Dilute and use for oil-pulling to treat a mouth infection.
Modern research into oregano oil
Recent research shows that oregano stimulates the flow of bile, aiding in digestion.
Clinical studies have been made on oregano's germ-killing effectiveness. Researchers at the University of Tennessee reported that, among various plant oils, oil of oregano enxhibited the greatest anti-bacterial action against common pathogenic germs, such as staph, E. coli and listeria.
A recent medical journal study compared the anti-candida effect of oregano oil to that caprylic acid. The resultes indicated that oregano oil is over 100 times more potent than caprylic acid against candida.
Other uses for oregano oil
Oregano oil is used as a fragrance component in soaps, colognes and perfumes, especially fragrances for men.
Because it is so hightly concentrated, a little bit goes a long way. When first getting acquainted with oregano oil, it would be wise to start out with caution, when applying it topically, and use only 1 drop of oregano oil to 3 parts of dōTerra's fractionated coconut oil.
- To treat bacterial and fungal infections, 1 drop of oregano oil may be placed in an 8-ounce glass of water or juice and taken internally once or twice a day. (While this may be technically correct, I would not personally recommend doing this. It is much better to dilute oregano oil in a vegetable oil or whole, raw milk — something with a fatty content sufficient to dilute the oil. I've found that taking oregano with water or juice creates some "issues" with the digestive tract.)
- Place one drop of oregano oil, diluted in 1 teaspoon of agave, honey or maple syrup, under the tongue, twice a day, to fight infections.
- For use in the bath, mix 1-3 drops of diluted oregano oil with body gel or shampoo, and add it to the bath water. Never just add this oil to the water, as it will "puddle" on the surface and can burn sensitive tissues.
- As an antiseptic, the diluted oil can be used in cloths to wipe down kitchen and bathroom countertops.
- Dilute 1 teaspoon oregano oil in 2 teaspoons of dōTerra's fractionated coconut oil and apply with a cotton swab, to the affected area, up to three times a day.