Oregano is one of the most versatile herbs, but its use is sort of limited to flavoring meat dishes and pasta. Studies reveal that in addition to its use for culinary purposes, this fragrant herb can be transformed into an antibiotic with a wide plethora of health benefits. Keep reading to learn more about the potency and benefits of oregano oil!
What Is Oregano Oil?
Oregano oil is obtained from the leaves and flowers or oregano herb, a member of the mint family. To obtain the oil, the dried leaves and flowers are harvested when the oil content of the plant is at the highest and it is then distilled. The ancient Romans and Greeks widely used this herb, particularly for medicinal purposes. While there are more than 40 oregano species, the oil produced from wild oregano is the most potent and therapeutically beneficial. Note that not all oregano oils sold in stores are made from this variety, so beware and read the labels.
Uses of Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is potent antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial agent, so adding it to your arsenal of healing tools is a good idea. Here are some of its uses:
- Relieving sinus infections and colds: Add a couple of drops of oregano oil in a saucepan of steaming water and inhale.
- Treating nail and foot fungus: Add a couple of teaspoons of oregano oil in a basin of water and soak the feet.
- Killing infections and parasites: Dilute the oil with coconut oil and place it under the tongue. Hold for a while and rinse it out afterwards.
Composition of Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is packed with phenols, out which the most abundant include thymol and carvacrol. Other beneficial compounds include terpenes (potent antibacterial agents), rosmarinic acid ( an antioxidant), naringun ( anti-cancer agent), and beta-caryophyllin ( anti-inflammatory agent).
Oregano Oil Benefits
While its benefits are wide-ranging, it is mostly associated with immune and respiratory health. It is known to help prevent and treat the following:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs)caused coli, Proteus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
- Respiratory infection scaused by Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria strains. 
- Yeast infections
- Parasitic infections caused by the ameba giardia
- Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection– It was found that it ills this deadly superbug due to its extremely potent antibacterial properties.
Oregano oil is also a popular antiseptic essential oil in aromatherapy. In addition to the steaming method used to relieve respiratory issues, you can also use it to:
- Ward off insects. Apply a few drops on outdoor furniture or apply diluted solution on the skin.
- Relieve bug bites and rashes, including poison ivy rash.Apply diluted oregano oil on the affected areas.
- Help heal cold sores, dandruff, and other skin conditions.Use diluted solution for acne or rosacea.
- Ease a sore throat.Add a few drops to a glass of water. It can help alleviate toothaches as well.
- Relieve muscle and joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), sprains, and cramps.
How to Make Oregano Oil
- Oregano leaves, chopped or crushed
- Olive oil, almond oil or grape seed oil
- Sanitized jar with lid
Boil some water in a pot
- Place the oregano leaves and the oil of choice in the jar
- Place the jar in the pot and let it sit for a couple of minutes
- Remove the jar from the pot and keep it on a sunny windowsill for a week or two.
- Strain the leaves and keep the oil in a dark place.