Guide to Taking Oil of Oregano by Soft Gels and Dropper Bottle


hand holding eyedropper dosage of oregano oil from brown glass bottle

 Oil of oregano can be taken by mouth or massaged into the skin

Looking for the best way to take oil of oregano dosages?  Oil of oregano is an essential oil derived from the oregano plant. Oregano was used in Mediterranean culture as a culinary and medicinal herb. The ancient Greeks also used the oil as a healing salve. They massaged it into the skin to treat joint pain, sore  muscles and skin rashes.

Here you’ll learn how to safely take oil of oregano by mouth and how to apply it to your skin as a healing salve.


In our article, Oil of Oregano’s Ingredients and Their Health Benefits, we took a closer look at the antimicrobial properties of carvacrol and thymol.

Numerous studies have shown these ingredients are antibacterial, antiviral and fungicidal. Scientists have shown that oil of oregano is effective against certain bacteria strains, viral infections and even fungi and protozoa organisms.

While oregano oil isn’t considered a medicine,  you can use it this essential oil as a natural supplement to treat a variety of health conditions.

At press time, there are no documented studies telling you what exact dosage to use for a specific health condition.

However, many oil of oregano manufacturers provide suggestions and guidelines on how to safely and properly use it.

Please consult with a health care professional before using any natural health product or supplement.


Suggested Dosages by Mouth

bottle of oil of oregano soft gels and eyedropper bottle of liquid oregano oil

Oregano oils are available in soft gels and liquids

You can get oregano oil in capsules and bottled liquids. Therefore, you can apply the liquid oil to your body by massaging it into your skin or ingest it like a nutritional supplement.

These dosage suggestions are based on information from various nutritional supplement manufacturers and producers.

How to Take Liquid Oregano Oil by Mouth for Adults:

  • Take it sublingually under the tongue – Using a sterilized eye dropper, place 4 – 6 drops of oil under your tongue and hold it there for a few minutes until it gets absorbed by your mucous membranes.  Remember to flush your mouth out with water afterwards.

  • For treating sore throats or oral/gum care, place 4 – 6 drops in a glass of cool water, gargle with it and then spit out in sink.
  • You can take liquid oil of oregano by mouth up to 3 – 6 times per day, depending on how severe the infection is.

  • If you’re taking the oil to prevent getting a cold or flu, you can try using a lower dosage of 1 – 4 drops per day. Hold the oil under the tongue until it gets absorbed, then drink a glass of water.

  • If you find the oil flavor is too strong, you can dilute it with an equal amount of olive oil.

  • You can also inhale the oregano oil in a steam or essential oil diffuser.  Place a couple of drops of the oil in your diffuser and slowly inhale the vapors.

*Liquid oregano oil can leave a strong, spicy taste when you place it in your mouth or under the tongue.

You can reduce this spicy sensation by drinking some milk or chewing on some bread to increase saliva production.

Liquid Oregano Oils come in many different concentrations and you may need to experiment with the dosage amounts.

Suggested Dosages by Capsule / Softgel

bottle of Nature's Way Oregano Oil Soft gel 60 Veg Capsules

Oil of Oregano Capsules

Some people prefer to take oil of oregano in the capsule form.  Some of the reasons for taking soft gels is to avoid tasting the spiciness of the oil or to absorb the ingredients through the stomach.

You can get Oregano Oil Capsules in different dosage sizes. They can also come mixed with other active and in-active ingredients in the soft gel.

Some of the products may have a ‘Suggested Dosage Recommendations’ listed on the ingredient label.

Due to the wide range of soft gel capsules sizes and different ingredients that may be added to the capsules, we can’t suggest or recommend a single oil of oregano dosage.

The best oregano oil dosage will be determined by your reason for using the oil and your overall health.

You also be aware that there’s a higher risk for experiencing side effects when swallowing oil of oregano, compared to massaging it into your skin.

These products are considered nutritional supplements, so you need to be aware of ingesting too much.

Some people claimed to have experienced high blood pressure from oil of oregano and getting an upset stomach or gas.

We suggest you follow the manufacturer’s suggested dosage recommendations on the ingredient label and carefully watch for any possible reactions.

Guide to Topical Application of Oregano Oil

glass eyedropper with oil of oregano dosage dripping into amber bottle

Oregano oil can be applied to your skin

In the past, oregano oil was used by the ancient Greeks as a healing salve. They massaged the oil into the skin to treat joint pain, insect bites, sore muscles and skin rashes. You can also use oil of oregano for herpes sores.

The best way to apply oregano oil topically is by using one or two drops of 100% pure oregano oil massaged into the affected area.

Do a skin patch test first to check for any possible skin reactions.

Choose a place on your body where the skin is thinner, such as the inside of your wrist or inner elbow.

Apply only a couple of drops, then cover it with a small bandage. After 5 – 10 minutes, remove the bandage. If you experience a slight pink reaction, and then it goes away after a few minutes, it should be fine to apply the oil to your skin.

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.

*WARNING: Make sure you avoid getting any oil into the eyes, open sores or sensitive skin areas.

If you do get oregano oil in these areas, immediately flush it out with distilled water.

How to Give Oregano Oil to Children

In our article, Using Oil of Oregano for Children, we covered some important factors when giving it to children, such as childhood allergies and the strong flavor of the oil.

*You should only apply the oil topically to children under 5 years of age.  DO NOT give by mouth, due to the strong spicy sensation.

Children between the ages of 5 to 10 years of age can take oregano oil by mouth, but it should be diluted, for safety reasons.

  • Oil of Oregano Dosage for Topical Application – 6 months to 5 Years Old:

    Dilute 1 part oil of oregano and 4 parts olive oil and apply to the oil 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 – 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.


Oil of oregano is an essential oil with the potential for offering many health benefits.

Due to the lack of documented human studies, there are no specific oil of oregano dosages for treating specific health conditions.

Consumers are advised to follow oil of oregano manufacturer’s suggested dosage recommendations on the ingredient label.  Carefully monitor for any adverse effects.

It’s strongly advised you contact your Doctor or Health Care Provider before using any nutritional or natural health product for treating a specific health condition.

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