Suggested Oil of Oregano Dosage for Maximum Health Benefits
Are you looking for the correct oil of oregano dosage for treating certain health conditions?
The oregano plant is a member of the mint family and was traditionally used in Mediterranean culture as a culinary and medicinal herb.
In our article, A Closer Look at Oil of Oregano Ingredients and Health Benefits, we looked at its anti-microbial properties and health benefits.
This popular natural health product is available in both capsule and bottled liquids. These 2 forms make it a very versatile, since you can apply the liquid oil to any desired area on the body, or ingest it like a nutritional supplement.
Here you’ll learn some suggested oregano oil dosages when taking it by mouth or applying it topically to the skin. You’ll also learn about recommended dosages when giving oregano oil to children and the risk for possible side effects.
Please consult with a health care professional before using any natural health product or supplement.
Suggested Oil of Oregano Dosage by Mouth
These dosage suggestions are based on information from various oil of oregano manufacturers and producers.
Recommended Oregano Oil Dosage by Mouth for Adults:
Using a sterilized eye dropper, place 4 – 6 drops of oil under your tongue and hold it there for a few minutes then flush your mouth out with water.
- For sore throats or oral/gum care, you can place 4 – 6 drops in a glass of cool water and gargle with it.
Suggested frequency for oral dosages is 3 – 6 times per day, depending on the severity of the infection.
For preventative use, try taking a lower dosage of 1 – 4 drops per day, held under the tongue for a few minutes, followed by a glass of water.
For a weaker solution, you can dilute 100% pure oil with an equal amount of olive oil.
Liquid oregano oil can leave a strong, spicy taste when taken orally or sublingual (under the tongue).
You can reduce this spicy sensation by drinking drink milk or chewing on some bread to increase saliva production.
Liquid Oregano Oils are available in many different concentrations and you may need to experiment with the dosage amounts.
Oil of Oregano Capsule Dosage Recommendations
Due to the wide range of uses when taking the oil orally, there is currently no recommended dosage when taking oregano oil by mouth. It’s suggested you follow the manufacturer’s dose recommendations.
Oregano Oil Capsules are available in a wide variety of dosages and they can come mixed with a number of other ingredients.
One of the main advantages of taking oil of oregano in the capsule form is you won’t be able to taste the oil.
When ingesting oregano oil, there may be an increased risk for experiencing side effects, compared to applying the oil topically.
Some people claimed to have experienced high blood pressure from oil of oregano and it may can also cause mild gastrointestinal issues, such as upset stomach or gas.
Suggested Oil of Oregano Dosage for Topical Application
Historically, oregano oil was originally used by the ancient Greeks as a healing salve applied to the skin. The oil was massaged into the skin and used to treat joint pain, insect bites, sore muscles and skin rashes.
When applying to the skin, the suggested oil of oregano dosage is one or two drops of oregano oil massaged into the affected area.
Allow a few minutes for the oil to absorb and then remove any excess oil. This will help reduce the strong oregano scent that may linger afterwards.
Avoid getting any oil in the eyes, open sores or sensitive skin areas.
Suggested Oil of Oregano Dosage for Children
In our article, Using Oil of Oregano for Children, there are important factors to consider when giving this oil to children.
It’s recommended you only apply the oil topically to children under 5 years of age.
Children between the ages of 5 to 10 years of age can take oregano oil by mouth, but it should be diluted.
Oil of Oregano Dosage for Topical Application – Children 6 months to 5 Years Old:
Dilute 1 part oil of oregano and 4 parts olive oil and apply to the soles of feet and spine.You can also try adding a few drops of oregano oil to warm bath water and soaking the child’s feet in it. Avoid applying the oil to any open sores or sensitive areas.
Oil of Oregano Dosage by Mouth – Children 5 – 10 Years Old:
Place 1 drop of oil of oregano mixed in juice or milk and give up to 3 times a day. Children 10 years old and older may use up to 3 drops, three times per day in juice or milk. Manufacturers recommend you don’t exceed giving oil of oregano more than 7 – 10 days of use in children.