Oregano Essential Oil is used for everything from cleaning to diaper rash, from warts to dandruff! Here are my favorite 20 Oregano Essential Oil Uses! Plus 10 reasons you need to start using essential oils today!
For internal use, I recommend on sticking with the herb and using the essential oil topically or in a diffuser. Internal essential oil uses have become extremely popular and due to my research, is no longer something I feel okay promoting. I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to matters of safety.
When using oregano essential oil topically, keep in mind that it is a “hot” oil, so you should dilute in a carrier oil like almond, avocado, jojoba or coconut oil. Recommended dilution is 10 drops of oregano per ounce of carrier oil. Make sure to test a TINY amount on the inside of your wrist before slathering it on, even with a carrier oil. If you have a reaction, use a carrier oil to dilute further. This also helps stretch your oil a little further without any loss of benefits from the essential oil & I'm all about saving money!
20 Oregano Essential Oil Uses
- Carpal Tunnel: This is my number one use for oregano essential oil since I spend so much time typing. Simply mix with a carrier oil and rub the arms, starting at the fingers and working up the arm to the shoulders.
- Anti-aging: Because of its high antioxidant content oregano is a great tool in fighting aging. Add to a carrier oil or your regular moisturizer and rub on nightly.
- Respiratory ailments: Massage on the chest and alongside nasal passages, in a light carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.
- Wart removal: Apply oil directly to wart with a cotton swab several times a day until they are gone.
- Dandruff: Add a few drops to your favorite shampoo (avoid getting in eyes)
- Immune Boosting: Apply to the bottoms of your feet before bed to stimulate the immune system.
- Pest Repellent: One of my favorite oregano essential oil uses is in a homemade bug spray. It can be added to your homemade bug spray to ward off mosquitoes and fleas, spray on your mattress for bed bugs as well.
- Parasites: If you are being treated for parasites, try rubbing oregano oil on the soles of your feet and in a circular, clockwise motion on your stomach.
- Ringworm: Create your own blend of melaleuca and oregano oil with your favorite carrier oil and apply several times a day until gone.
- Athlete’s Foot: Apply just like for ringworm, but also wash your shoes & socks with a few drops of oregano essential oil.
- Natural Hand Sanitizer: Mix several drops of oregano essential oil with almond or coconut oil and rub into hands.
- Disinfectant: Combine 10 drops of oregano essential oil with 15 drops lavender in a spray bottle. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar and use as a disinfectant spray.
- Relieve Arthritis: Used externally oregano is great for alleviating painful symptoms of arthritis, increasing joint and muscle flexibility.
- Menstrual Issues: Oregano is believed to help balance hormones and mood as well as assist in Amenorrhea (menstrual block)
- Diaper rash: Mix a few drops into coconut oil and apply to affected area.
- Acne Medicine: Dab oregano essential oil directly onto acne daily (in a carrier oil).
- Fungus and Mold killer: Add to water in a spray bottle and spritz showers and tub to reduce growth of mold and fungus. Shake before each use.
- Treat Nail Fungus: Combine several drops with a tub of warm water and soak hands or feet or add to carrier oil and rub on affected area.
- Eczema: Add to a carrier oil and rub into any area that is affected.
- Cold and Flu: Diffuse oregano essential oil to alleviate cold and flu symptoms as well as to help kill germs in the air.
Oregano itself is said to have some internal benefits that I wanted to address. As I said early, I recommend using the herb itself for internal use. Just make some delicious Italian dishes to help boost your oregano intake or try oregano tea.
Oregano is definitely an essential oil you will want to keep in your natural medicinal arsenal! There are only two negatives to oregano essential oil that I've found: you'll smell like an Italian restaurant after applying it and it's not safe for pregnant women, as it has been found to alter your hormones and could cause miscarriage. Quantities of the herb in cooking have not shown any negative side effects though! I love that these oregano essential oil uses are so easy to incorporate into our daily life!
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What are your favorite oregano essential oil uses? Do you have a use that is not listed here? Share it with us!
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