Looking for the correct Oil of Oregano dosage for the best results?
While I'm not a Naturopathic Doctor or Herbalist, I can offer some suggestions based on my experiences and the most current recommendations from Oil of Oregano manufacturers.
Oregano oil has been shown to have antimicrobial properties and you can use it to relieve symptoms of many health conditions.
If you walk into your local health food store, you'll most likely find Oil of Oregano in liquid and capsule form.
I've found both forms are equally effective. Some people will take only the liquid or capsule supplement by itself, while others may use both at the same time. I believe it all depends on what you're using the oil for.
Dr. Ward Bond of Nutritional Living interviews Dr. Cass Ingram, author of The Cure is in the Cupboard - How to Use Oregano for Better Health and teaches how you can use oregano oil for improved health:
Once you've decided to include this natural oil in your health regimen, you may be interested in learning about the most effective way to use it.
Below is more detailed information on Oil of Oregano dosages based on my personal experiences and manufacturers' recommendations.
Many people use this method for treating infection-type conditions, such as colds and the flu.
Recommended Adult Oil of Oregano Dosage by Mouth:
4 - 6 drops (about 50 mg. of 100% pure Oil of Oregano, diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil. A safe blend is 1 part oregano oil to 3 parts olive oil).
Some stronger mixtures may cause an upset stomach, so start slowly and gauge your response. You should read the label to see what the ratio of oil is. Most reputable companies will list the ratio on the ingredient label, or it might be posted on their website.
If your Oil of Oregano is already mixed with a carrier oil, you won't need to dilute it further unless you want to use a more diluted formula.
Suggested frequency is 3 - 6 time per day, depending on the severity of the infection. I've taken it up to 10 times a day to help fight off a nasty case of bronchitis.
For preventative use, some suggest taking 1 - 4 drops per day, held under the tongue for a few minutes, followed by a glass of water.
Oil of Oregano Dosages for Children
Here is more detailed information on using Oil of Oregano for children. The following information is a brief summary on the recommended dosage and application based on the child's age.
Suggested Recommended Oral Dosage for children 5 - 10 years old:
Use 1 drop, 1 - 3 times per day mixed in juice or milk. Children 10 years old and older may use 3 drops, three times per day in juice or milk. Manufacturers recommend you don't exceed 7 - 10 days of use in children.
Suggested External Use Guidelines for children 6 months to 5 years old:
Dilute 1 part Oil of Oregano in 4 parts olive oil and apply to soles of feet and spine. Add a few drops to warm bath water with bath salts. Children 5 years old and older may use it directly from the bottle on soles of feet and spine. Dilute oil for sensitive skin areas
Are you familiar with that warm tingling sensation you get in your mouth from eating spicy food?
Liquid Oil of Oregano may leave a similar sensation when taken by mouth. People who are sensitive to spicy foods should be careful when taking liquid oregano oil orally.
If you find the oil is too spicy for your taste buds you can try drinking some milk or chewing on some bread to increase saliva production; this will help thin out the oil and reduce the spiciness.
Rinsing your mouth out with water may not work as it may just thin out the oil and spread it around your mouth. If you find the liquid form too spicy you can try using Oil of Oregano capsules.
Use liquid oregano oil
Historically, liquid oregano oil was used on the skin to treat various conditions such as joint pain, insect bites, sore muscles and skin rashes.
The typical liquid Oil of Oregano dosage was a drop or two placed on the affected area and then it was gently massaged in.
If you use this technique, remember to wait a few minutes before wearing clothes to allow the oil to absorb into your skin. You don't want to use too much as the oregano smell can get quite strong.
My wife, Joy, had a small red patch of itchy skin on her leg. She applied Oil of Oregano on it and found it reduced the redness quite effectively.
Unfortunately, she thought that if a little works this well, a lot will work even better. This wasn't exactly the case....The next time she applied the oil she used a bit too much and the smell of oregano oil filled the room. She ended up washing it off to reduce the smell.
Just remember that this is a potent oil and a little goes a long way. Just a couple of drops will work wonders when you apply it to your skin.
If you're interested, here are more uses of Oil of Oregano you may find helpful.
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So what's the most effective Oil of Oregano dosage by capsule?
I did some research and found there aren't many studies on the best Oil of Oregano dosage. Of the few studies I did find, some of the dosage levels went up to 600 mg. of Oil of Oregano per day; but I also found some studies where lower dosage amounts were equally effective.
Since there is no documented standard effective dosage, remember that taking more is not always better and you must be aware of possible side effects from Oil of Oregano.
There are no documented studies on the one single dose that's most effective when taking Oil of Oregano. I think the best thing to do is use common sense and don't exceed the manufacturer's recommended dosages.
Take into consideration any underlying medical conditions or prescription medicatio you're taking before using Oregano oil supplements. Please consult with your Physician before before using any herbal medications or supplements.
You'll find this healthy oil is one of the most versatile and useful natural remedies available. Use Oil of Oregano safely and I hope you get as many benefits as I have from using it.