Mortar and pestle oil of oregano

What is the oil of oregano used for?

Anyone who is somewhat familiar with natural healing or alternative health practices has probably heard of oregano oil.

Made from the perennial herb oregano and packed with extremely high levels of antioxidants that destroy free radicals, oregano oil has a list of uses that are known to be very beneficial to your health.*

So here we provide the 10 top and essential uses of this natural herb.

1. Immune System Support

Cold and flu

There’s a lot of evidence to show that oregano oil is a powerful tool for the immune system, especially when it encounters outside invaders. One study from the United States Department of Agriculture reported that oregano oil is effective enough to fight off germs like Salmonella and E. coli.

These findings were echoed by researchers of the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center who said, “New, safe agents are needed to…overcome harmful organisms… Based on our previous experience and that of others, we postulated that herbal essential oils, such as those of origanum (oregano oil) offer such possibilities.”

2. Protection Against Harmful Organisms

If you’ve ever consumed undercooked meat, non-purified water, or countless other risky actions then you are likely carrying harmful organisms inside of your body. Thankfully, oregano oil is shown to be extremely useful for getting rid of these unwanted invaders. One study examined the relationship between oregano oil and harmful organisms and found that taking 600 mg of oregano oil daily prompted a complete disappearance of harmful organisms in the body.

3. Promotes a Balanced Mood

Studies have found that some compounds in oregano oil, including carvacrol, thymol, and terpinene may positively influence the nervous system and mind. Aromatherapy with oregano oil seems to promote a healthy mood, reduce stress, and inhibit emotional abnormalities.

4. Digestive Aid

Good digestion is absolutely necessary to experience good health. Oregano oil is known to stimulate the flow of bile into the digestive organs, enhancing the digestive process.

5. Menstrual Aid

Irregular, uncomfortable periods and unpleasant effects from menopause are among some of the most commonly reported issues women face today.  

One of the best natural remedies is oregano oil.

It may actually help support regular menstruation and protect against negative menopause experiences. For women, this is a great bonus to the already lengthy list of uses and benefits of oregano oil.

6. Supports Graceful Aging

Who doesn't want to combat the signs of aging?

It’s important to understand that aging is largely affected by oxidation and free radicals, which is why antioxidants are so effective. Oregano oil offers a huge amount of antioxidants that can aid in the defense against these aging-accelerators.

7. Allergy Support

Those who suffer from allergies will enjoy the therapeutic and soothing properties of oregano oil. Oregano oil can produce a calming effect on the hypersensitivity of allergies, which ultimately encourages relief. Instead of consuming medications that yield long lists of side effects, oregano oil may be a natural alternative for curtailing the undesirable effects associated with environmental sensitivities.

 8. Weight Loss


In addition to its reputation as a natural immune booster, oregano oil also packs a punch against unwanted body fat. Its main active ingredient, carvacrol, is thought to modulate genes and reduce irritation in white adipose tissue. Controlled studies show that carvacrol stops weight gain and even lowers levels of HDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides (the major form of fat stored by the body) in the blood.

9. Eases Discomfort

Aches and stiffness can wreak havoc and negatively impact your quality of life. Oil of oregano can be applied topically to go deep inside the skin and help to assist in relief from the discomfort that is a result of many of these issues. If you suffer from sore muscles, sports injuries, and backaches, this is one benefit you’ll appreciate.

Make a 50/50 mixture of organic olive oil and organic oregano oil, and apply the mixture topically to the affected area for relief.

10. May Help You Feel Better When You Have a Cold

Developing a case of the common cold, or even the seasonal flu can be a major blow to your regular way of life. Oregano oil can help to add a layer of protection to your immunity when used appropriately. If you feel a cold beginning to develop take 1-2 capsules 2-3 times daily before meals. A 5-10 day regimen has been reported as doing wonders.

The Bottom Line

Oregano oil is relatively cheap and readily available as a liquid or in capsule form.

It is higher in antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables and is packed full of powerful compounds called phenols.

Oregano oil may be effective against bacterial and fungal infections, inflammation, and pain, among other conditions.

Overall, it has several health benefits and may be useful as a natural treatment for some common health complaints.

Herbal Roots uses only Organic Mediterranean Oregano Oil, grown in Italy.  Our oregano oil is a high potency 10 to 1 extract, equivalent to 1,500 mg of oregano per capsule.

Also read:  "A History of Oil of Oregano"

*This article is intended for informational purposes. The statements above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.