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12 Greatest Uses of Oil of Oregano
This natural plant oil is loaded of powerful antimicrobial ingredients that can help you fight flu and colds, fungal infections, reduce symptoms of some skin conditions, kill germs on contact and more.
Some of the following uses of Oil of Oregano are based on traditional home remedies and others on recent medical studies.
Now’s your chance to learn how to benefit from Mother Nature’s most powerful and versatile healing remedy.
You only need to use a couple drops of Oil of Oregano when used topically. You may experience a warm sensation when the oil is applied. Make sure you avoid getting the oil in your eyes, mucous membranes and in the genital region.
Please read my webpage Side Effects from Oil of Oregano before using this oil.
Are you looking for natural relief from allergies and hay fever? Do you hate feeling drowsy and medicated from prescription antihistamines?
This substance can reduce swelling and fluid build-up during an allergic reaction. If you’re seeking a natural home remedy for allergies, Oil of Oregano may be just what you’re looking for.
I used to suffer from hay fever every summer until I started using Oil of Oregano. I would place a couple of drops under my tongue as soon as I started to feel the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. I found the Oil of Oregano reduced, and sometimes eliminated, my symptoms within an hour of taking the oil. I also didn’t experience any side effects, such as drowsiness, that I would usually feel when I took traditional antihistamines.
Some forms of acne can be caused by bacteria and clinical research shows that Oil of Oregano is a natural antibacterial which may help reduce clogged pores and acne. Try applying a small drop of oregano oil on the acne lesion with a Q-tip, once in the morning and again before bedtime.
You can also try using tea tree oil on acne. Tea tree oil contains a substance similar to carvacrol, one of the active ingredients in oregano oil.
If you suffer from inflammatory acne, you can try reducing the inflammation with fish oils. Fish oils contain omega 3 fatty acids, special fats that fight inflammation, boost the immune system and balance hormones.
Oregano oil has been proven to reduce inflammation joints. This is due to the presence of terpenes (a natural anti-inflammatory) found in the oil.
Apply a few drops of oil on the affected areas and gently massage it into the skin. Oil of Oregano may be able to reduce the pain and inflammation without the side effects from dangerous corticosteroids.
4. Athletes foot
Oil of Oregano is a powerful anti-fungal and can kill different kinds of bacteria and fungal infections. Massaging a few drops of oil on the affected areas helps kill fungal infections. Repeated applications may be necessary throughout the day for maximum effect.
You can also try using tea tree oil on athletes foot. Tea tree oil contains a substance called terpinen 4 OL, a natural antimicrobial and fungicide.
This is one of my favorite uses of Oil of Oregano. I think it helps reduce inflammation in the airways and loosens secretions. I found rapid relief by inhaling steam from a mixture of Vicks Vapor Rub and Oil of Oregano in boiled water.
I’d put a tablespoon of Vicks Vapor Rub and a few drops of oregano oil in a bowl filled with steaming hot water. Inhaling the moist vapors helped loosen my cough and cleared secretions from my lungs.
Are you looking for a natural cure for dandruff and itchy scalp? Research shows dandruff is caused by a yeast infection in the scalp, and Oil of Oregano has been shown to be effective against certain types of yeast and fungal infections.
Try mixing a few drops of Oil of Oregano with your regular shampoo and work it into your scalp. Make sure you don’t get any oil in your eyes to avoid stinging. Repeat throughout the week for maximum effect. You can also use use tea tree oil on dandruff.
7. Germ Free Hand Wash
Did you know that you can help stop the spread of germs with this natural antiseptic hand wash? Try washing your hands with soap and water, then rinse in hands in a bowl of water with a few drops of Oil of Oregano mixed into it. This antiseptic wash will kill off any remaining bacteria on your hands. Remember not to rub your eyes with your hands or you might get a stinging sensation from getting oregano oil into your eyes.
8. Natural Household Disinfectant
One of the most popular uses of oil of oregano is using it to clean and disinfect your home. Oil of Oregano is a natural disinfectant; so try adding a few drops of the oil to a bucket of hot water and use a sponge or cloth to wipe down dirty counter tops, sinks and bathroom for a clean, germ-free environment. Using Oil of Oregano could be a safer alternative to harsh cleaning products if you’re allergic to harsh chemical cleansers.
9. Natural Mosquito Repellent
I think this is one of the more unusual, but interesting, uses of oil of oregano. It may also be a safer alternative if you don’t want to use strong DEET’s and other pesticides on your skin.
Oregano oil was shown in studies to be an effective natural mosquito repellant. Researchers found that oregano oil was more effective than traditional chemical repellents like DEET. A solution of 2% oregano oil was the most effective strength. Photo courtesy of Gabor Bibor
You may also be be able to cleanse your body of parasites with this healthy oil. Studies show that Oil of Oregano is a natural treatment for parasites when using 600 mg. of oregano oil per day.
64% of the patients who were infected with the Blastocystis hominis parasite experienced improved gastrointestinal symptoms after 6 weeks of treatment.
11. Toenail Fungus
Oregano oil is a proven antifungal and is an effective home remedy for toenail fungus. Use these easy-to-follow steps on my webpage, Oil of Oregano and Toenail Fungus.
12. Yeast Infections
Fighting bacteria, fungi and parasites are some of the many uses of oil of oregano. But what about yeast infections? A recent study shows Oil of Oregano is an effective agent against yeast infections, both in the lab and in animal studies.
While there are limited human studies on using oregano oil for yeast infections, you can try taking Oil of Oregano capsules or drinking some water with a few drops of oregano oil added to it. Unfortunately, there are no documented recommended dosages in human studies so you need to be careful with the amount of oregano oil you are using.