As essential oils have made their way up the popularity scale in the world of natural health and holistic healing, oregano oil specifically has become a common go-to.
And for good reason!
Oregano (the word itself meaning “delight of the mountains”) is a plant that can be found in higher altitudes, thus the name. The oil’s power was originally discovered and utilized in ancient Greece, mainly for antibacterial purposes.
Nowadays, it is most commonly used through aromatherapy or topical application (with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or olive oil). It is also sometimes ingested in small quantities through supplement forms.
Benefits Of Oregano Oil
#1. Relieves Lung Congestion
Oregano oil can play an expectorant role in your body, meaning it can loosen up or eliminate excessive buildup of mucus or fungus in your lungs and sinuses. It can also as a bonus be soothing for sore throats and coughs.
#2. Reduces Inflammation
This oil can help soothe several types of inflammation, both internal and external. You can apply it topically to inflamed areas on your skin (again, using a carrier oil), which will help ease any swelling and also lessen pain, or you can ingest it for internal inflammation-reducing benefits.
#3. Prevents Infections
Oregano oil can help protect you from both viral and bacterial infections. Its antibacterial properties strengthen your immune system and help fortify you against any foreign invaders in your body. It also does this by stimulating your body’s white blood cell count, which is your body’s main line of defense.
#4. Provides Allergy Relief
Oregano’s sedative and inflammation-reducing properties can also help make allergy season go by a lot more comfortably. The oil calms your body’s hypersensitive reaction to external stimuli, allowing you some much needed relief.
#5. Promotes Digestion
Oregano oil has the ability to increase the secretion of digestive juices, helping your digestive process go all the more smooth. It also increases nutrient absorption, helping you get the most out of the food you eat.
#6. Regulates Menses
Oregano oil can help with the regulation of menstruation cycles and has also been known to help delay the onset of menopause. Those who suffer from obstructed menses can also find some natural relief by using oregano oil.
#7. Prevents Cancer
Oregano oil has proven to have powerful antioxidant properties, meaning it can fight off free radicals and keep them from causing damage to your body. It can also help repair any damage already done. This helps slow down the aging process and protects against certain cancers and many other common health issues.
#8. Provides Nutrients
Oregano contains several nurturing nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, E and K, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium and more, all of which help keep your body healthy both externally and internally.
How To Use Oregano Oil
There are several ways you can utilize oregano oil in order to enjoy its benefits:
- You can use it topically by applying it to your skin, either on inflamed areas of your body or under your eyes and over wrinkles as well. Be sure to dilute with a carrier oil – like coconut oil or olive oil – to keep it from irritating your skin.
- You can use it through aromatherapy by diffusing it into the air with your favorite diffuser and breathing it in.
- You can ingest it as an additive or through supplement form, about 500mg 3-4 times a day for a digestive aid.
Are you familiar with oregano oil? What is your favorite way to use it? What are your tips? Feel free to share with us, we’d love to hear from you.