In the previous articles, we shared the many uses of oregano oil. In summary, the oregano oil benefits include:
- Promoting heart health and lowering cholesterol levels
- Natural remedy for depression and anxiety
- Reducing pain and inflammation
- Blood sugar control
- Hormone balancing
- Fighting respiratory and flu infections
- Fighting urinary tract infections
- Fighting fungal and yeast infections
- Fighting parasitic infections
- Preventing food-borne illnesses and aiding in digestive issues
How to Take Oregano Oil
Now that you know why you should take oregano, you need to learn how you should take it.
Oregano oil is widely available in bottled liquid extract, capsule and tablet form; wild P73 oregano oil is the most potent. Please note that before you begin an oregano oil supplement, advice from a healthcare professional is strongly encouraged.
For athlete’s foot, submerge the affected area in a bath containing a few teaspoons of the oil.
For skin conditions and nail fungus, dilute the oregano oil with 100 percent pure olive oil at a rate of 1 teaspoon of olive oil per drop of oregano oil and apply the mixture to the skin and nails.
Dilute the oregano oil with 100 percent pure olive oil at a rate of 1 drop of olive oil per 1 drop of oregano oil. Use a sterilized dropper bottle. Drop 1 to 2 drops of the diluted oil under the tongue and hold it there for a few minutes; then flush with water. You can gargle the water with a few drops of oregano oil for a few minutes and then swallow.
You need a dosage of 500 mg, four times per day, to achieve the antimicrobial benefits. Therefore, if you are taking oregano sublingually or gargling it, be sure you do this several times per day to be sure you are receiving an adequate dosage.
To fight sinus infections, colds and allergies, add a few drops of oregano oil to a small pot with boiling water. Cover you head with a towel, close your eyes and put your face over the pot (but not close enough to get burned); inhale the steam. Repeat several times to clear the throat and nasal passages.
Again, for acute infections, you need approximately 500 mg, four times per day, to achieve the antimicrobial benefits. However, since different manufacturers have different amounts of the active ingredients – caravacrol and thymol – in their particular brand, it is helpful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. For more serious chronic conditions, it is best to seek the advice of an integrative physician. In these instances, an integrative physician may recommend a very high dose of the oil. To find an integrative physician who can help you determine which brand and dose of oregano oil is right for you, click here to view our free physician directory.
- Oregano can cause reactions in people allergic to Lamiaceae family plants, including basil, hyssop, lavender, marjoram, mint, and sage.
- If you are taking prescription medications, do not start oregano oil without consulting with your doctor or an integrative physician first.
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 WebMD: Oregano.
This article was originally published in 2012 and has been updated.