How to use Oregano Essential Oil
A Word of Advice
Oregano oil is considered a hot oil. What this means is that it can burn or cause some irritation when used undiluted. Other hot oils include cinnamon or clove oil. When using Oregano oil undiluted, apply carefully with a Q-tip and do not spread it beyond the affected area. For most applications, my recommendation is that it should be diluted for all but spot treatments (such as skin tags).
One more thing. The therapeutic use of oregano oil should be avoided in infants and children, and pregnant or nursing women. That is not to say that something bad will happen but that to be safe, the use of oregano oil should be avoided without first consulting with a qualified medical professional.
A Brief History of Oregano Oil
Although oregano oil did not make its North American debut until the early 20th century, it was widely used in ancient times. Hippocrates wrote extensively about oil of wild oregano, singing its praises as a cure for digestive ailments, skin conditions, and respiratory diseases. There is also evidence that in ancient Greece, oregano oil was used to alleviate head and neck tension, cuts and scrapes, snakebites, spider bites and even the common cold.
With that background, let me share 25 ways you can use Oregano essential oil for health and wellness purposes.
25 Uses of Oregano Essential Oil
Skin imperfections: Apply one drop morning and night using a Q-tip applied to the affected area. Keep at it and within a few weeks, skin imperfections will shrink appreciably and the tags will fall off. Another way to do this is to add a mixture of half oregano oil and half fractionated coconut oil to a roller bottle and dab twice daily until they are gone.
Skin blemishes: Mix with a carrier oil or salve (see more about carrier oils below) and apply topically twice a day. There is also some medical evidence that drinking a glass of water twice daily with 2 – 6 drops of Oregano oil added may help with the symptoms of severe skin problems
DIY Hand Sanitizer: Combine 10 drops of oregano oil with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub it into your hands as a natural hand sanitizer.
Natural Insect Repellent: Mix a few drops with a carrier oil or salve and rub over your skin to repel insects. You can also mix oregano oil with water in a spray bottle to create your own insect spray. Be sure to shake it up before using since the oil will separate a bit in the water.
Control Itching: Apply diluted oregano essential oil to insect bites and skin rashes to relieve itching.
Diaper Rash: Mix with fractionated coconut oil or plain ole salve (naked salve) to soothe and heal diaper rash.
Fight unwanted bacteria: Rub a few drops of oregano essential oil into your gums to fight unwanted bacteria.
Support for the immune system: Diffuse Oregano essential oil in your favorite diffuser to help quickly get rid of a runny nose, cooties and night sweats.
Sinus problems: Place a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water. Inhale the steam carefully so you don’t get burned. You can also dilute in carrier oil then place under the nostrils to provide additional relief for sinus problems.
Throat discomfort To ease the pain of a threat discomfort, simply add one or two drops of oregano essential oil to a glass of water or juice and drink it.
Muscle discomfort: Dilute in a carrier oil and rub onto painful joints to decrease puffiness and irritation.
Dandruff: Add a few drops to your regular shampoo being mindful to keep the shampoo and oregano oil out of your eyes.
Skin difficulties: Control your skin difficulties by blending oregano oil with carrier oil or salve and applying topically.
Athlete’s foot: Dilute in a carrier oil and apply directly 2-3 times a day. You can also add a few drops to baking soda to sprinkle inside your shoes for added protection.
Nail Fungus: Soak hands or feet in a basin of water with a few teaspoons of oregano oil added. You can also rub diluted oil (1 drop of oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil) directly onto your nails.
Relieve Sore Muscles: Dilute with carrier oil or lotion then gently massage on the affected area. Repeat up to three times a day.
Congestion: Dilute with your favorite carrier oil or lotion and apply to the chest area. For nasal congestion, try adding one or two drops of oregano essential oil on a clean handkerchief and inhale the vapor.
Treat Unwanted Bacteria: Combine 1 drop of Oregano oil with 1 drop of a carrier oil. Place under the tongue and hold it for a few minutes before rinsing the mouth with water. Repeat up to four times a day.
Acne: Dip a Q-tip into the oil and apply directly to zits aka acne. The oil will kill the bacteria and reduce the inflammation. For the very best results, do this twice a day morning and night immediately after washing your face.
Mouthwash: Add a few drops to a glass of water to sweeten your breath and prevent mouth problems and promote better oral health.
Ringworm: To kill ringworm, apply 3 to 6 drops of oregano oil to the affected area.
Skin bacteria: Dilute in coconut oil and apply topically to boost the healing of skin problems.
Cleaning Supplies: Add a few drops to your DIY cleaning supplies to give them a germ destroying and purifying boost. This is especially effective in the kitchen and in the bathroom.
Laundry: Add a few drops to your load of laundry to kill bacteria or parasites and also to leave your clothes smelling nice and fresh.
Fungus and Mold: Mix with water and spray the shower to prevent fungus and mold from growing. This also works in other warm, humid areas of your home.