Last Updated on June 21, 2022 by Ecorf
The history of oregano dates as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans who had a high appreciation for the plant. The name ‘’Oregano” is derived from two Greek words “ganos” Joy and “oros” meaning mountain; this Translates oregano to mean “joy of the mountain”.
Oregano oil is an essential oil that is obtained from the Oregano plant. The herb has a lot of healing abilities. Study shows that oregano oil has a lot of medical application including in diabetes and cancer suppressants.
Benefits of Oregano Oil
There have been a lot of studies on oregano oil to ascertain the health benefits of the oregano plant. The oil of oregano is used in the treatment of antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial infections. It is also a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. There are claims in alternative medicine that the oil can be used as a natural remedy for treating allergies, flu, colds, sinusitis, migraines, sore throat, and arthritis.
Some of the many benefits of oregano oil include
Oregano oil is used in the treatment of bronchitis, asthma, cold and flu. It is a major ingredient used in making herbal respiratory products. It helps to reduce the inflammation of the chest due to allergens. Its mode of action is to reduce the effect of the allergens on the body. You can apply oregano oil on your chest and massage gently for relief from respiratory problems.
Treatment of Skin Infections
Skin ailments such as psoriases, eczema, rosacea, candidiasis, can be treated by simply applying it with other essential oils. You can add a few drops of oregano oil to coconut, jojoba or olive oil to the affected area of the skin. It is best to apply in moderation and use on a part of the skin first in case of allergies.
Muscle Pain and Arthritis
The strong anti-inflammatory properties of oregano oil make it suitable for relieving pain. You can make your own home-made oregano oil and store to use in the treatment of minor aches. All you need do is to apply it to the affected area.
The oil of oregano in addition with other essential oil can be used in making a home-made insect repellant. Simply mix 25 drops of oregano oil and lemon oil or lavender, citronella, or peppermint oil in a spray bottle and add distilled water. Shake the bottle and then you can keep it in a cool dry place. To use, all you need do is to spray the content on surfaces or dab on cotton balls and keep in cabinets and drawers.
You can also use the oil on your garden to repel insects. Simply apply the oil directly to the plants as the smell ward off insects from hovering around the plant.
Oregano oil can also be used in the relief of menstrual pain. It works by stimulating the flow of blood to the pelvic region where it triggers uterine contraction, making menstrual flow less painful.
Oregano oil is also used in pet care and veterinary medicine
- As antibiotics for chickens.
- Used to relief dogs off intestinal worms
- To treat skin conditions and parasites on pets.
- It can also be used in the treatment of arthritis in dogs.
How to Make Oregano Oil
You can make oregano oil at home following the simple guide below
- A large bunch of oregano leaves
- 1 cup of extra virgin olive, almond, or grapeseed oil.
- A sanitized jar with lid
- A few cups of water
How to Prepare
- Boil the water in a pan for a few minutes and then switch off the heat.
- You can then take your fresh oregano leaves, dip them into the sanitized jar, and pour the oil on top of the leaves.
- Put the jar in the pan and allow the water to heat the jar. Make sure that the jar is covered. The direct heat application makes it possible for the oregano leaves to extract its oil.
- After 15 minutes, remove the jar from the hot water and keep it on the kitchen window. This is so it can get access to sunlight. Leave it for a week or two and remember to always shake the mixture every few days.
- After a week or two, drain the oil from the leaves into another container and keep it in a cool and dry place.
- You can preserve your home-made oregano oil by adding a few drops of grapefruit oil.
When applying oregano oil to your skin, it is best that you try on a small quantity first to shoulder or back so as to prevent against skin reactions. Oregano oil is safe for use as an oral drug. It can also be diffused, diluted, or inhaled.
When taken in regular doses, oregano oil is safe but can result in stomach upset when taken in excess. You should take caution when using oregano oil if you happen to suffer from allergies when you use plants such as basil, sage, savory, mint, rosemary, and perilla. It is also advisable not to take oil of oregano during pregnancy as it can lead to miscarriage.
People who suffer from bleeding disorders are also advised to avoid oregano oil as it may increase the risk of bleeding.
There is no recommended dosage of oregano oil, but we advise that you consume moderate amount and always ensure you take it in company with other essential oil to aid digestion.
Do you use oregano oil at home or in your garden? Do you also plant the leaves? We will like to hear from you in the comment section.