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Oil of Oregano for Colds

Updated on October 3, 2014
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Sharon is a certified Human Resources Manager with a passion for health topics, food, non-fiction books and writing


Oregano Oil for Colds

One of the benefits of Oregano oil is its ability to fend off a cold. Now we know there really is no "cure" for the common cold but you sure can cut that cold short with an oil of oregano dosage!

I discovered this little gem during a visit to my hair stylist. She has a salon set up in the basement of her home and when I came in with my red and runny nose she immediately suggested oregano oil and ran upstairs to get me some.

I must say it was quite a powerful taste so be prepared for that but it certainly worked. My head and nasal passages cleared and I had a sense of well being.

Now, my cold was in full swing so she told me I would need to take daily doses to get the cold under control. Off I went to the health food store to pick some up and sure enough a couple days later I was feeling significantly better.

What are Essential Oils?

Essential Oils are derived from plants and are referred to as the "volatile" oils. This means that they are quick to vaporize into the air not like regular heavy oils like vegetable oils that do not dissipate like this. Essential oils are basically the "essence" of the plant meaning the fragrance or what makes the plant have a unique smell.

These oils are very highly concentrated it makes a very large quantity of the plant to produce the smallest amount of oil. For example it takes about fifteen pounds of peppermint leaves to make an ounce of its essential oil. Many of our common spices contain essential oils that are responsible for adding the unique flavour and aroma to our cooking.

It has been found that these oils have many therapeutic properties too. Many oils act as antiseptics, mood enhancers, remedies for stomach aches etc. the list is very long!

One must be careful with these oils because they can be toxic. Due to their high level of concentration these oils often need to be cut with a heavy oil such as olive or almond oil in order to be used therapeutically.

Oregano Essential Oil - 30 ml bottle

Oregano Oil - 1 Oz / 30ml, 100% Certified Organic

I always prefer organic and the better the quality of the oil the more therapeutic. There is no sense buying cheaper oils if you are not going to get the same benefits. I prefer a good quality oil and it is worth the slightly higher cost.

Buying the larger 30 ml bottle pictured above is a good deal as the 10 ml bottle sells for about 20 dollars and three times this can be purchased for around 30 dollars. You will not use the oil regularly so it will last a long time but at the first sign of a sniffle start your dosage.....

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Dosage of oregano oil
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Oil of Oregano Dosage

Luckily, my hair stylist did not warn me of the strong effect before I tried it. It is very strong but the pungent taste quickly dissipates when you drink some water.

For best results take two drops under the tongue and do not swallow it. Hold it there for about 40 seconds.

Initially, it's fine but soon the overpowering strong taste takes over. I remember thinking, "this isn't bad" and then pow! You will want to spit it out or grab that water (make sure you have it ready!) but resist the urge until you reach the 40 seconds, then drink.

Believe me it will be well worth the temporary pain for the ultimate gain of ridding yourself of that cold. Keep taking the two drop dose twice daily until your symptoms improve and they quickly will!

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Pure oregano oil is actually very caustic. It will burn your skin so it must be diluted in order to be used therapeutically. You will notice that the ingredients in the bottle will include either olive or grape seed oil. This is to cut the heat down in the oregano. It is very potent because even diluted it will feel like it's burning.

The active ingredient in oregano oil is carvacol. Quality oils will include a concentration 62 to 85 per cent of this component as it is the ingredient that actively inhibits the growth of bacteria.

Benefits of Oregano Oil

There are many more reasons to have this oil on hand in your medicine cabinet. It has been proven to be effective in many ways not just as a remedy for combating the common flu and cold. It has been shown to have therapeutic properties when treating other disorders such as skin problems and general aches and pains. Below is a short list of oil of oregano's potential uses.

  1. Acts as a natural insect repellent
  2. Effective against skin conditions like cold sores, dandruff and nail fungus
  3. Relieves muscle aches and joint pain
  4. Helps with stomach problems with some evidence it fights parasitic infections


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    • WriterJanis2 profile image

      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I was not at all aware of this. Thanks for the info.

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      Susan Holland 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      This is so interesting. Yes, I will try oil of Oregano. I love natural alternatives... Not looking forward to that taste, though. LOL I will have my water ready!