Oregano Essential Oil, A Natural Antibiotic

Oregano essential oil is one of the most powerful, potent essential oils

It is also one of the most researched, and has been found to be effective against bacteria including Staphylococcus, Campylobacter jejuni, Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica to name a few.   Therapeutic Grade Oregano oil is steam distilled from the leaves of Origanum compactum.   Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade Oregano oil also contains 60-75% Carvacrol, the active anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and anti-viral component that makes it so effective against microbes.   It has been used for sinus infections, warts, respiratory diseases and fungal infections. Not all oregano oils contain this amount of Carvacrol, so it pays to read labels and do a little research on the potency of any oregano oil you use.

Oregano essential oil is packed with constituents that make it a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and immune stimulating oil

The best methods for using oregano essential oil are to ingest it (Therapeutic, Food Grade  Oregano only) in gel capsules or to apply it to the skin.  Inner Defense is a Young Living supplement that contains 4 different species of oregano plus powerful thyme and Thieves oil for powerful defense against infections and viruses.  Young Living’s Oregano essential oil is 4 times more powerful than penicillin.   

Replace the Good Bacteria  Because oregano is a natural antibiotic, it can disrupt your intestinal flora.  When you ingest oregano oil in larger doses, it is important to follow up with a probiotic like Life 5 to keep intestinal flora in balance.  Ideally, take a probiotic 8-10 hours after the oregano oil and never at the same time since large amounts of oregano oil will kill the good bacteria in your gut.  It is also important not to overuse oregano oil (large amounts in a gel capsule), saving it’s strength for when your system really needs support.  It’s always best to support your body’s natural defenses with gentler oils like lemon first and save the potent ones for when you really need them.  Consult an Essential Oil Desk Reference for specific usage of oregano essential oil.

Oregano oil is considered a “hot” oil and can be irritating if applied directly on the skin.  It should always be diluted with a carrier oil like Young Living’s V-6 vegetable oil.  Oregano oil is one of 9 single and oil blends used in the Raindrop Technique for applying essential oils along the spinal column to boost your immune system.  It is also a strong smelling oil, so applying it to the soles of the feet or combining it with the Raindrop Oils can make the scent less conspicuous.  I would not recommend diffusing oregano oil as it can irritate the respiratory tract and will penetrate fabrics and upholstery leaving an oregano scent.   If you want to kill airborne bacteria, the Thieves blend accomplishes this with a more neutral aroma of cinnamon and cloves, also highly anti-bacterial and anti-viral.

Oregano is an essential oil that has been around for thousands of years, it is powerful weapon against some serious strains of bacteria and definitely one worth having on hand during cold and flu season.  Oregano essential oil is potent and even 1 drop can boost the immune system.  When you use a food grade essential oil, you can add it to your recipes to stay healthy this winter.  Small amounts added into foods will keep you healthy this season without the effects of an antibiotic that disrupts intestinal flora.   Oregano oil is delicious when you use it in your favorite recipes. One of mine is Savory Butternut Squash soup in the Fall.

# 3605 Oregano oil 15 ml              Whsl.   $22.75       Retail   $36.51

# 3295 Inner Defense Softgels   Whsl.  $24.75    Retail  $32.57

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure and diseases.  For medical conditions consult with your medical doctor.

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7 Responses to Oregano Essential Oil, A Natural Antibiotic

  1. gina January 26, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    When trying to use as antibiotic to fight a sinus infection, how many times a day should I take? I have been putting two drops in a capsule and swallowing once a day. Can I do this more?

  2. Susan P January 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm #

    Oregano essential can be effective against a sinus infection. Since it’s a powerful antibiotic, I would not take it more than once a day if you have a sensitive digestive tract. I know some who have used it up to 3 times a day in capsules, less if you get an upset stomach. For sinus infections, our family has had good results from topical application of eucalyptus oils like the Young Living blends RC & Breathe Again Roll-on. Individual rosemary essential oil can be helpful too. Massage any of these oils around the sinuses and lymph glands in the neck making sure not to get any in your eyes. Oregano and thyme are hot oils and should not be applied to the delicate skin on the face or neck.

  3. Melody Dowling January 13, 2014 at 5:23 am #

    Hi I read that OoO can help clear my Intersitual Cystitus. What dosage should I us? Should it be mixed with other oil for internal use?
    Thanks, Melody

  4. Monica M January 19, 2014 at 10:53 am #

    Hi Susan, I had a rot canal the other day and I think that area might be infected I took oregano oil by itself – filled a capsule – no carrier oil… Eek. It burned a little and I felt nauseous for just a minute but I drank a bunch of water and it went away…. So since I probably took10-20 drops, what do you suggest I do now, dosage and frequency-wise?

  5. Susan P January 23, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Hi Monica, any suspicious tooth infection should definitely warrant a visit to the dentist or your doctor. Oregano oil is a powerful antibiotic against many microbes, but not all. Good luck!

  6. Susan P January 23, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Hi Melody, intersitual cystitis can be serious, you should seek the advice of a medical doctor right away. It can be helpful to connect with a holistic practitioner in your area to guide you for specific wellness questions. Best to you!

  7. JC March 7, 2014 at 4:08 am #

    I am so sorry to hear you are still in pain. I just read this and it may help (sooner than later). I hope this helps! http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/11/16/why-you-should-avoid-root-canals-like-the-plague.aspx

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