Medical Uses of Oregano Oil: A Powerhouse for the Alternative Medicine Cabinet


Oregano oil is produced from the herb oregano and packed with antioxidants. This natural supplement is loaded with vital vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium copper, manganese, and niacin.

Many studies have shown that oregano oil offers many positive health benefits and is one of the most potent remedies. If you’re interested in the uses for oregano oil, keep reading:

1) To relieve pains

Oregano oil can be used topically to relieve the pain that caused by several reasons: arthritis, sore muscles, sport injuries, bursitis, backaches or fibromyalgia. Mix an equal amount of oregano oil with olive oil and rub the mixture onto the affected part to get a relief.

2) Cures cold and sore throat

To cure a cold and if you notice an itchy feeling in the back of your throat, you can mix a few drops of oregano oil with fruits juice and drink once daily. You can also place 3-4 drops of the oil in an empty capsule and take 2-3x per day before meals. You will see that your throat will become normal after 3 or 4 days.

Besides, dried oregano combined with other dried herbs such as thyme, basil and rosemary, create an effective facial steam for calming coughing.

3) Cures ear infection

It’s not safe to put the oil directly into the ear canal. Instead rub a 50/50 mixture of oregano oil and olive oil on the outside of ear. And for kids, a 25% oregano oil and 75% olive oil should be used.

The 50/50 mixture of oregano oil and olive oil also helps to relieve insects bites pain. Simply apply to the swollen area of insect bites to get an instant relief.

4) Cures oral infections

Oregano oil is powerful to kill parasites and infections. Mix a drop oregano oil with a drop of coconut oil and place it under your tongue. Leave it for some minutes and rinse it out. Repeat this for 3-4 times a day.

5) Alleviates sinus infections

Place a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water, inhale the steam helps alleviating sinus infections and colds.

6) Wards off insects

Carvacrol in oregano oil is a natural insect repellent. When you’re bothering with insects, apply a diluted mixture of oregano oil on your skin when going outdoors.

Other possible health benefits of oregano

According to The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database4, oregano is also used for the following illnesses and conditions:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Acne
  • Dandruff
  • Bronchitis
  • Toothache
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Fatigue
  • Menstrual cramps

Oregano oil owns so many benefits because of its antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

-Dietary antioxidants – A report from the Journal of Nutrition revealed that oregano contains very high concentrations of antioxidants which is vital to help protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and help you fight infections effectively.

-Antibacterial properties – A study showed that the essential oil of Himalayan oregano has strong antibacterial properties that can even kill the hospital superbug MRSA.

Oregano oil is with strong antibacterial properties due to an essential compound called carvacrol it contains.

– Anti-inflammatory properties – Scientists identified an active ingredient in oregano – known as beta-caryophyllin, which may cure disorders such as osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis.

Additional sources:

Beverly Entin