Best Herb for Lowering Cholesterol Naturally?

Countless experts believe oregano is the most effective example among herbs and spices for lowering cholesterol naturally. Oregano oil not only promotes a healthy heart but it reduces pain and inflammation and balances hormones, among numerous other health benefits.

Herbs and spices have long been used for culinary purposes as well as medicinal reasons. But one herb in particular ranks high above the rest: oregano. 

Oregano was first used by the ancient Greek physicians who prescribed it for a variety of ailments. In fact, Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” often used oregano as an antiseptic. In North America, the medicinal use of oregano dates back to the early 1900s. Today, oregano is used for multiple applications, but one of the most impressive involves the protection of heart health.

What Is Oregano Oil?

Oregano oil is an essential oil derived from the Origanum Vulgare species of the herb. It contains a variety of plant ingredients including tocopherol, rosmarinic acid, carvacrol, and thymol, which account for many of its antioxidant benefits.

Furthermore, oregano—like spinach and other green leafy vegetables—is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin K, iron, and manganese as well as calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin A. While it often goes unappreciated, fresh oregano is also an excellent source of fiber.

Plus, oregano is loaded with the super healthy omega-3 fatty acids and the amino acids, tryptophan, tyrosine and arginine. A study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that “oregano oil has over 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples and 12 times more than oranges. Ounce for ounce, oregano is thought to be one of the most antioxidant-dense of all foods.”

Oregano Oil Benefits Heart Health by Lowering Cholesterol Naturally

Due to its nutrient content including omega-3, fiber, and the semi-essential amino acid arginine, oregano is a true superfood when it comes to heart health. Plus, research shows that consuming the antioxidant vitamins and minerals in oregano can help reduce cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels.[1] In addition, oregano oil has been shown to help normalize blood pressure levels.[2] And, because of its antibacterial properties, oil of oregano may help prevent infection-related heart disease.[3]

Oregano oil also offers the following benefits, each covered in one of three different posts linked here:

How to Take Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is widely available in bottled liquid extract, capsule and tablet form; wild P73 oregano oil is the most potent. For the capsules and tablets, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

For the liquid, 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.

Note: If you suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure and are taking prescription medications, seek the advice of your doctor or an integrative physician regarding the use of supplements, herbs or essential oils.


Your Thoughts?

Have you tried oregano oil for cholesterol or any other condition? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.


[1] “Antioxidant activity and phenolic compounds in selected herbs. J Agric Food Chem 2002;49:5165-70. 2002.

[2] “Hypotensive effects of carvacrol on the blood pressure of normotensive rats.” Planta Med 13:73;1365-71.

[3] “A study of the minimum inhibitory concentration and mode of action of oregano essential oil, thymol and carvacrol.” J Appl Microbiol 2001 Sep;91(3):453-62. 2001. PMID:12450.

Originally published in 2012 and updated.

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  • Judith H.

    I joined your site and have attempted SEVERAL times to download your free cholesterol lowering guide, to no avail. I was told I needed to log in as I already have an account. When I do so and click on your download link, it takes me right back to the registration page. Thanks for no help at all..

  • How is it recommended that you take Oregano Oil to reduce cholesterol?

  • **Jean** As noted above in original post, “How to Take Oregano Oil”:
    Oregano oil is widely available in bottled liquid extract, capsule and tablet form; wild P73 oregano oil is the most potent. For the capsules and tablets, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

    For the liquid, 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.

    Note: If you suffer from heart disease or high blood pressure and are taking prescription medications, seek the advice of your doctor or an integrative physician regarding the use of supplements, herbs or essential oils.

  • Hi Todd… Do you recommend a certain brand of Oregano Oil, as I want to be sure to get one that is approved… Thx:)

  • I heard that Oregano essential oil is very strong & can burn. If that’s the case, then even if we dilute with 100% Olive Oil, how can we ingest such an oil?

  • I’ve been taking doterra oregano oil for 2months now and gave me a very impressive results on my lab works. My bp and cholesterol levels are within normal limits now!!!! 1-2drops of oregano oil first thing in the morning with my fave juice did the trick! You will not regret trying it…..

  • I keep trying to register. I get no where. Please send me a registration link? I tried logging in with face book, but it didn’t work either. Thank you

  • My triglycerides are very high at 330 and cholesterol is on the high side too. Would like to try the oregano oil but was wondering if I would also take Fish oil along with it or just use the Oregano Oil?

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