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How to Use Oregano Essential Oils

By Colleen Meheen ; Updated August 14, 2017

Oregano essential oil is a rich source of defense against viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. The oregano plant has been valued for centuries for its protective qualities and the benefits it confers. Steven Foster, author of "Herbal Renaissance," suggests that the essential oil of oregano can help ailments from indigestion and diarrhea, to nervous tension, insect bites, toothaches, earaches, rheumatism and coughs due to whooping cough or bronchitis. The most powerful, wild oregano grows in lush Mediterranean regions and is a rich source for a long list of minerals including magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, boron, copper and manganese.

If you are pregnant or epileptic, or have liver damage, cancer or any other medical problem, use oils only with professional guidance. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.

  1. Place two to four drops of oregano essential oil into an oil diffuser for two hours or overnight to help with coughing, congestion and sinus inflammation. You can also dilute three drops of the oil in almond oil and apply the solution to the chest and under the nostrils.

  2. Apply ten drops of oregano essential oil to a clean cotton cloth, and use it as a natural antiseptic cleanser on furniture, countertops, toys and office supplies. Use oregano oil in the kitchen and in the work place to maintain a healthy environment that's free of risky commercial cleaners with harsh chemicals.

  3. Combine two teaspoons of olive oil or coconut oil with one teaspoon of oregano oil. Many doctors and naturopaths consider it safe to dilute oregano essential oil with olive oil, sweet almond, grape-seed, or jojoba oil and to apply the solution directly to the area of infection. You can apply the mixed solution to your gums to treat gum disease, or on boils, warts or any other skin tag. The website recommends that you not use the solution directly on the skin for more than 10 consecutive days.

  4. Add eight drops of oregano essential oil to a liquid hand soap dispenser to strengthen cleaning action and bacteria elimination, as well as to encourage wound healing. Mix the two compounds thoroughly. You can also use five to seven drops of oil in shampoos and conditioners to support scalp health and treat dandruff.

  5. Warnings

    Do not take any oils internally without consulting a qualified naturopathic practitioner.

    Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences on the skin.

    Practice extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.

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