Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare
Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Part Used: Leaves
Process: Steam Distilled
Plant Description: Native to warm-temperate western and southwest Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. Oregano is a perennial herb, growing from 20 – 80 cm tall with opposite leaves 1 – 4 cm long. It has erect flower-bearing stalks, dark green, hairy ovate leaves, and purple or white flowers that form terminal spikes.O. vulgare is closely related to O. majorana or sweet marjoram.
Oil Description: A pale yellow liquid with a warm spicy-herbacious camphorous scent. Oregano has a strong, herbaceous, green-camphoraceous, medicinal top note. The middle note is spicy, medicinal. The dry out is sweet-phenolic woody, bitter-sweet.
Historical/Traditional Uses: Oregano can be found in most herb gardens throughout the world. It has a ancient medicinal reputation and has multiple uses in traditional healing and medicine. It has been used as a traditional remedy for digestive upset, respiratory issues such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs, infections, etc), colds and flu virus. It is very useful for inflammations of the mouth and throat.
Applications (Uses and Indications): Aromatherapists recommend oregano when a strong response to bacterial infection is needed; it has a broad spectrum of bactericidal and anti-microbial actions. It can be taken internally, adding 1 to 2 drops first to a carrier oil like olive (or any other edible oil) and then to warm water, taken several times per day. Oregano oil has strong action against Candida albicans, as well as E. Coli, Salmonella and Pseudomonas bacteria. In one study, 3 drops in a cup of warm water taken several times a day showed strong antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is also important to limit sugar intake at the same time, as the microbial invaders love dessert as much as you do! Note that oil of oregano found in health food stores is this same essential oil, typically diluted in 0live oil, then placed in capsules. Oregano has analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti viral and antibacterial properties. Oregano’s major constituants are carvacrol and thymol. In perfumery, oregano is used as a fragrance component in soaps, colognes where a spicey mediteranian note is required. Oregano blends well with lavender, oak moss, pine, citronella, rosemary, and cedarwood.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Oregano should not be used directly on the skin without proper dilution of at least 1:1 with a carrier oil such as jojoba. Oregano is a very strong oil and may cause dermal and mucus membrane irritation. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately. The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this or any products from Ancient Ways Botanicals. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. For external use only. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products.