Oil of Oregano (Origanum vulgare) also known as Wild Oregano could possibly be the only herb you need in your medicine cabinet. This perennial herb grows in the wild in the Mediterranean region of the world. The Essential Oil of Oregano is not the same variety that is used in cooking so you must make sure that you purchase the proper oil if you want to reap the health benefits. The key main ingredient that is responsible for the vast health applications is an ingredient called Carvacrol. To ensure you are getting the best, make sure that it contains at least 75% Carvacrol, and that it is organically grown. You can purchase Oil of Oregano at any local health food store and some pharmacies, and super stores.
So what makes Oil of Oregano so valuable? It is a natural antibiotic, antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-cancer and has high antioxidant properties. This wonder herb should be in every medicine cabinet!
Some of the medicinal applications for Oil of Oregano:
Skin Conditions – ( Acne, cysts, eczema, rashes, psoriasis, rosacea, boils ) Mix 2 drops of Jojoba or Olive oil with 2 drops of Oil of Oregano, then dab a clean cotton-ball into the mix. Dab onto skin irritation. Let it dry, don’t rinse off. Use twice a day. You can also add a few drops to your skin cleanser for extra healing. The Oil of Oregano will help repair the skin, and kill off any bacteria that causes skin infections.
Sinus Infections – Add 2 drops of Oil of Oregano to a vaporizer, place near where you will be sleeping or sitting. Avoid being too close to steam to prevent burns. You can also have a bowl of hot water, add 2 drops of the Oil of Oregano then drape a towel over your head. Inhale steam. Will help to clear up sinuses.
Mouth Infections ( Toothache, infected gums, gingivitis, bad breath, canker sores, abscess ) Rub on gums twice a day. To make some mouthwash, add 3 drops of Oil of Oregano to 8 ounces of water, swish around mouth then spit out. Keeps the mouth smelling fresh. Add 2 drops of Oil of Oregano to toothpaste before brushing, kills off bacteria in the mouth. Dab oil onto any canker sore or abscess for pain relief and healing.
Muscle and Joint Pain (back pain, rheumatism, arthritis, osteoarthritis, sore muscles or joints ) — For quick relief, mix 50/50 Oil of Oregano and Olive oil, massage the oil directly onto the sore areas. You can also buy Oil of Oregano in capsule form to take internally.
Cold and Flu (coughs, chest congestion, sore throat, fever, whopping cough) — In equal parts mix Oil of Oregano and a carrier oil (olive, grapeseed, almond) and rub onto chest. For sore throats add 2 drops of Oil of Oregano to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt in 8 ounces of water. Mix, then gargle.
Fungal Infections ( ringworm, impetigo) – Mix 2 drops of jojoba or Olive oil with 2 drops of Oil of Oregano, then dab a clean cotton-ball into the mix. Dab onto skin irritation. Let it dry, don’t rinse off. Use twice a day.
Pain Killer (migraines, headaches, sore muscles) For headaches or migraines, mix 2 drops of Oil of Oregano in an 8 ounce glass of water, stir then drink. For sore muscles, dilute 50 percent Oil of Oregano in 50 percent Olive oil, rub on the muscles.
Digestive (diarrhea, vomiting,indigestion, constipation, gas) — also aids digestion. Mix 2 drops of Oil of Oregano in an 8 ounce glass of water, stir then drink.
Allergies (hay fever) — Take 2 capsules of Oil of Oregano during allergy season.
Urinary Infections ( yeast infections, bladder infections, kidney infections) – Mix 2-3 drops of Oil of Oregano in an 8 ounce glass of water, stir then drink.
Insect Bites, Bee stings – Get relief by wiping area with a diluted 50/50 mix of Oil of Oregano applied directly on bite.
Nail Fungus ( Athletes foot or fingernail fungus ) – Dilute equal parts of Oregano oil and carrier oil ( Olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, grapseed oil or almond oil.) dab in between the toes and wipe some under the foot. Use this remedy for 4-5 days. You can also add 4 drops to a pan of warm water and soak your feet in it for 10 minutes.
Dandruff, Cradle Cap – apply 2 drops to shampoo, wash hair for 2 minutes then rinse out as usual. Do not get in eyes!
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Add 2 drops of Oil of Oregano to 8 ounces of water. Drink 2x a day no more than 14 days. (Consult with a holistic physican for long term treatment.)
Respiratory Conditions ( asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, asthma) — Dilute equal parts of carrier oil (Olive, Almond, Jojoba, Grapeseed Oil), rub onto chest.
Ear Aches – Take Oil of Oregano twice a day in capsule form.
Varicose Veins – Mix 2 drops with grapeseed or olive oil, dab a cotton-ball into the mix and gently wipe around the area.
Poison Ivy – Add a few drops to liquid soap, wash affected areas then rinse off as usual.
Diaper Rash – Mix 2 drops of Oil of Oregano in 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of Olive oil, gently wipe onto the affected area. (Do not use Oil of Oregano full strength, must be used with a base oil.)
Warts – Apply oil of Oregano directly onto wart, cover with a bandage. Change it twice a day.
Menstruation – helps with bloating, and menstrual cramps. Take two capsules of Oil of Oregano a day.
Cold Sore – Dab a drop of Oil of Oregano onto cold sore twice a day.
Safe to use when used as directed. Does not interfere with other natural remedies or Pharmaceuticals.
Always use the Oil of Oregano diluted when applied to the skin. Mix it with any of these carrier oils in equal parts. ( Olive oil, Wheat Germ, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Grapeseed oil or almond oil.) If a rash occurs, discontinue use.
Pregnant women should avoid using Oil of Oregano. Can cause complications in pregnancy. Consult with doctor if you decide to use the product.
For internal use, dilute with either Olive Oil or honey before ingesting.
Note: A slight warming sensation is a normal reaction when using the oil.
When using Oil of Oregano internally (capsules or drops), drink plenty of water throughout the day.
Oil of Oregano can inhibit Iron absorption, consult your doctor before using.
Do not use if you are allergic to Oregano.
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Can I treat impetigo with oregano oil and how? thank you
I used this to successful treat a rash I had on my leg. Not sure what the rash was, but just mixed some oregano oil with olive oil and rubbed it on.