Oregano essential oil is an oil the I recently added to my “medicine cabinet”. It was recommended to me to help deal with the terrible seasonal “cedar” allergies I get here in Austin, Texas. Cedar allergies in particular are SO bad and difficult to manage so of course I quickly jumped online and ordered up some Oregano essential oil. In the meantime, I did a bunch of research to see what else this oil is good for. What I learned is that it’s definitely an oil to keep on hand as it has so many potent and amazing properties to help deal with everything from infections to muscle/joint pain relief.
When my oil arrived, I immediately put a drop in a glass of water and drank it down. Wow, the research I did was correct, this is a POTENT oil! If you are ingesting this oil in water, make sure you put ONE DROP in 8 ounces of water, because wow, it’s strong. That said, I have to admit, it actually helped with my sinus pressure!
Oregano is very well known as a cooking spice, but it also acts a powerful cleansing agent and contains powerful antioxidants. Oregano oil is one of the most potent essential oils out there and has been used throughout history in health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties.
- Immune Stimulant
Health Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil
Digestion: Oregano essential oil promotes healthy digestion by stimulating the flow of bile into the digestive organs. Gut health is key in maintaining overall health!!
Anti-aging: Oregano oil is packed full of antioxidants which combat the signs of aging by defending your body against free radicals.
Menstrual Aid: Oregano oil is known to help alleviate the effects of menopause and promote a regular menstrual cycle for those suffering from irregular cycles.
Allergy Support: Oregano oil has soothing properties which can aid in relieving allergies by producing a sedating effect.
Cold/Flu Remedy: Oregano oil can be used to help combat the effects of colds and flu as it is a strong immune system booster. You can add one drop to 8 ounces of water or add 2 drops into an empty capsule to take 2-3 times a day to help support your immune system. You can also diffuse this oil for immune support.
Fights Infections: Oregano essential oil has been known to heal infections, such as staph infections, due to its strong antibacterial properties.
Yeast Infections: Oregano oil is a very potent anti-fungal oil, therefor making it a great option to help combat yeast infections. It’s more effective than other natural supplements in cases of yeast infections resistant to the the drug fluconazole (diflucan), according to the Canadian Journal of Microbiology.
Respiratory Infections: Oregano oil helps improve symptoms of respiratory issues due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. You can mix a few drops with a carrier and rub that on your chest or you can can vaporize and inhale the steam.
Muscle and Joint Pain: Oregano oil can be used topically to help reduce aches and pains. Mix a drop with a carrier oil and massage into affected area.
Acne/Rosacea: Due to it’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, oregano oil has been known to help treat skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Natural Antibiotic: Research supports that oregano oil is an amazing natural antibiotic and can be used as an “antibiotic” for a number of health issues.
Use three to four drops in a diffuser.
Dilute one drop in 8 fl. Oz. of liquid.
Apply one to two drops to affected area. Dilute with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As you can see, Oregano essential oil is one of the most powerful essential oils out there. That said, I’m so glad to have this addition to my medicine cabinet! It has properties that can help combat illness, infections, and allergies, and can help support gut health, the immune system and anti-aging. Not to mention it’s a natural antibiotic! Definitely a must have in the household.
As always, please remember that I am not a doctor. I write articles based on my own personal experience with essential oils and the research I’ve done. Always remember to consult with your physician with any concerns regarding the use of essential oils and their potential interactions with any medications you might be taking.
Also, remember that essential oils are extremely potent; For example, one drop of essential oil can be up to 70 times more potent than their herbal form (such as thyme or oregano).
Not all essential oil brands are created equal. There are many brands out there that won’t be effective for health or healing. They will smell yummy, but that’s about it.
When choosing essential oils, it’s so important to choose pure, high quality oils that are naturally safe and effective. Brands, such as doTERRA, gently and carefully distil from plants that have been harvested properly by experienced growers for ideal extract composition and efficacy.
Essential oils are an amazing gift from nature and can be used to help with so many issues from depression to immune support.
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