Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties. It’s even been called “nature’s anti-biotic” but I’ll leave it to you to use and decide for yourself whether it deserves that label or not.
Origanum vulgare is the botanical name for the spice oregano. Oregano leaves contain a variety of antioxidant compounds, such as Rosmarinic Acid, leanolic acids, ursolic acids, and phenolic glycosides. Phenolic compounds make up to 71% of the oil. Carvacrol, thymol, cymene, and terpinine and are found in oregano leaves and have biological effects.
Traditionally, a leaf of Origanum vulgare is taken alongside a meal to aid digestion. One of the active components, thymol, is structurally similar to menthol, which is found in Peppermint and is known to relax the soft tissue of the throat and stomach.
The oil of Oreganum vulgare is protective, and has been used to prolong the shelf life of food products by reducing the rate of microbe growth and reducing the spoilage of fatty acids, which occurs when food products like meat go bad.1
Please note that the FDA does not regulate essential oils. This means that I cannot make any specific claims about or imply that essential oils cure or should be used to treat any diseases or other health conditions. I am not doing that by providing this information.
All information is pulled from reputable sources and studies. Links are provided so that you can make an educated and informed decision as a responsible adult.
Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed. Additionally, Oregano should be diluted with Fractionated Coconut Oil when applied to the skin. One drop taken daily can help maintain healthy immune function; Oregano can be taken more frequently when seasonal threats are high or as needed to further boost immunity.
In addition to being a popular cooking spice, Oregano supports healthy digestion by promoting the secretion of digestive juices. Oregano also acts as an enhancer and equalizer in essential oil blends and can help support healthy respiratory function when taken internally.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil
What does the science say about the potential benefits of Oregano essential oil?
- It has been shown to have possess antioxidant properties.
- Other studies show a wide range of potential benefits as well.
- Take one drop daily to maintain healthy immune function.
- Add one to two drops to a veggie capsule to support healthy respiratory function.
- Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.
- Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with Fractionated Coconut Oil then apply to desired area.
Plant Part: Leaf
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, sharp, green, camphoraceous
Main Chemical Components: Carvacrol, thymol , para-cymene, γ-terpinene
2 Lemhadri A, Zeggwagh NA, Maghrani M, Jouad H, Eddouks M. Anti-hyperglycaemic activity of the aqueous extract of Origanum vulgare growing wild in Tafilalet region. J Ethnopharmacol . 2004;92(2-3):251-256.