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Oregano: It's not just for Italian cooking!

Updated on August 19, 2014
Image courtesy of tibbygirl @ Flickr
Image courtesy of tibbygirl @ Flickr

Oregano is, without a doubt, the powerhouse of essential oils! It's name means Delight of the Mountains, and in ancient Greece it was actually used to protect food from bacteria.

Oregano is antibiotic, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, an immune stimulant and an extremely effective lice repellant.

It is an extremely hot oil, moving quickly through the body. Oregano is warming in body and on the skin.

Use Oregano to get rid of head lice


  • Melaleuca 20 drops
  • Rosemary 10 drops
  • Lavender 8 drops
  • Oregano 8 drops

in 2oz of vegetable oil.

Apply the oil to dry hair, then cover with a shower cap, or plastic wrap. Then, wrap the head in a towel.

Allow this to sit for about an hour, then remove the towel and plastic, or shower cap, and apply shampoo directly to the hair. Massage shampoo into hair, then rinse out. Shampoo again, normally, and rinse.

You will want to repeat this in about a week's time to remove any newly hatched lice.

Health benefits of Oregano essential oil

Oregano essential oil is effective in the intestines, on the skin, for lung and staph infections, for strep throat. It represses pneumonia, soothes athletes foot, parasites, jock itch, nail fungus, and helps to clear the bloodstream of tropical molds.

Dr. Sue Lawton describes Oregano as a Panzer tank w. laser ability. It is effective against MRSA and other superbug infections. Oregano can be effective when antibiotics don't work any more. You can use Oregano essential oil for 7-10 days, then give your body a break.

Oregano essential oil has constituents specific for maintining appropriate cell information. It leaves no debris in body like chemical antibiotics do, and there are no side effects. Oregano seeks out debris in the body and eliminates it - it targets candida, molds, bacteria, and viruses - and even cleans up behind itself. Make sure that when you're using Oregano, you drink plenty of water to flush out the debris.

"Oregagnome" by Kristine Paulus @ Flickr
"Oregagnome" by Kristine Paulus @ Flickr

Emotional benefits of Oregano essential oil

Oregano essential oil is said to strengthen one's feelings of security.

It eases tension and quietens irritability, and may restore emotional balance.

Plantar wart on the right toe
Plantar wart on the right toe | Source

How to use Oregano essential oil

Plantar warts can be treated with Oregano, but remember to continue treatment after it looks like it's gone. A plantar wart is a virus and has a long root in foot. Apply Oregano, On Guard, and Lavender consistently, even when it looks like its gone. Look at the sole of the foot in sunlight, and if the whorls of the footprint are whole (you cannot see a circle) then it's gone.

Apply Oregano essential oil topically to the bottoms of the feet, diluted with a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil. This can help ward off the flu if you do it as you feel the symptoms coming on.

The bottoms of the feet are a direct reflection of every system in the body (Reflexology.)

Use Oregano oil topically on sites such as boils, warts, and skin tags. Remember to use a carrier oil. This stuff is HOT!

Mix 4 drops of Oregano essential oil with an ounce of water and an ounce of vinegar and spray in the hair as a deterrent when a lice outbreak is announced at school!

You can take Oregano oil internally, in a capsule, for immune support and problems such as internal parasites.

Oregano can be used as a booster oil. If you have a throat infection, an ear infection, or upper respiratory tract infection (URI), use doTERRA's On Guard essential oil blend and Melaleuca essential oil. if the infection is stubborn and won't leave, add Oregano to the protocol.

Oregano essential oil is 26 more times as powerful as phenol when used as an antiseptic, and can therefore be effective as a surface cleaner when mixed with distilled water, vinegar, and castile soap, also taking advantage of it's anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

Oregano is classified by the FDA as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) and can be ingested in honey, or diluted in a beverage such as milk or fruit juice.

Spray it in the corners of your shower to prevent mold.

Yes, you can cook with Oregano essential oil! Add it in place of dried oregano after your food has finished cooking (in the cool-down stage) and the health benefits will remain intact. Just a drop will do!

Put Oregano in your ultrasonic diffuser to cleanse the air of airborne pathogens.

*Remember, Oregano oil is HOT! Make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil.

doTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Oregano oil
doTERRA's Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Oregano oil

Blends well with:

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Melaleuca
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Geranium
  • Lemongrass


Oregano is a HOT oil. Please keep out of the reach of children!

Avoid using Oregano oil during pregnancy, as it may stimulate menstruation.

Essential oils should never be placed directly in the eye, nose, or ear canal. Should an accident occur, rinse or flush with an oil such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, olive oil or even vegetable oil. NEVER use water to attempt to dilute essential oils - oil and water don't mix, and the water only serves to drive the oil into the skin.


The information shared in this hub has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help.

Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance - thus helping the body's natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to "treat" medical problems. Thank you for your sharing with others.


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      Vikki 3 years ago from Central Illinois, USA

      You're so right, ologsinquito! I've had great success with removing skin tags using Oregano oil! I love it!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      I like to always have some oregano oil on hand, just in case we run into a stubborn infection.