How to Take Oregano Oil

Learn to make the most of this incredibly versatile natural treatment.

In the previous articles, we shared the many uses of oregano oil. This simple, all-natural oil oregano oil is a powerful weapon against the following conditions. Follow the links to learn more about each one or keep reading here to learn how to use this natural remedy.

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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.

Topical

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.

Sublingual

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.

Steam/Inhalation

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.

Capsules/Tablets

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.

Precautions

  • 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.

If you’ve tried oregano oil in the past and have seen positive results, please leave a comment below telling us your experience. By doing so, you can encourage other readers who are seeking natural alternatives for their health conditions as well.


[1] WebMD: Oregano.

 

This article was originally published in 2012 and has been updated.

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Comments
  • andreea v.

    Hello,
    i have a 4 year old son who has E coli bacteria.
    I am interested how i can give oregano oil for treating this thing

    Thank you

  • dawn h.

    This is the first time using oregano oil its strong in my juice five drops how long before I know if I’m allergic to it

  • TRICIA E.

    Hello
    Concerning the oil of OREGANO
    i have the herbal supplement by HERB PHARM
    Oregano spirits immune support. 1 fluid oz.
    What i needed to find out is…..
    How many DROPs does it take to reach the optimum benefits of. #500mg. 4 xs a day??
    I have not been sick in YEARS!
    Woke up with LARYNGITIS which i know is a sign of BRONCHITIS. Dripping nasel.headach also!
    Can you help me

  • Greg H.

    I’m not really big on taking supplements, preferring to get all my macro-nutrients, vitamins and minerals simply by eating a very healthy diet. But as a special case, every morning I take a single Oregano Oil cap (one that contains 32 mg of carvacrol per cap) because of its reputation for providing so many additional health benefits.

    My bother and I, both retired, live together, and this winter he came down with a really bad case of the flu, norovirus I suspect. He suffered with it for a couple of weeks, just couldn’t kick it, and I figured I would certainly catch it from him; but amazingly I never did. Doing some online research I stumbled across a reference to using oregano oil as a treatment for norovirus. Figuring it was at least in part the oregano oil that kept me from catching the flu from my bother, I suggested he give it a try. After taking three capsules per day for three days he finally got better, and now he too is continuing to routinely take one cap a day.

    Of course this hardly qualifies as proof that it was actually the oregano oil that made the difference in either of our cases, but it certainly reinforced my decision to continue taking it as part of my daily routine.

  • I’ve had good success with oregano oil, but I can’t tolerate the taste of the liquid. Greg, what brand of caps do you like? I’d like to try that instead.

  • I recently infused some oregano into olive oil. Didn’t plan on using it so soon but about the time it was ready for use, I came down with a UTI. I used 1/4 teaspoon x 4 daily for 10 days (number of days based on most antibiotic dosages. I am free of the UTI and now restarting the probiotics into my system since I am aware that antibiotic kill pretty much all bacteria good and bad. BTW…I like this better since I can put my dosage into my meals which makes it easier to take.

  • Peggy

    I got bite by a cat. On my ear through the cartlage. 6 months ago. Ive taken 4 antibiotics. Used one antibiotic cream. Seen three docs and an infectious disease doc. My body is so blown out from the meds that i just cant take any more. Ive been on oregano now for 5 days. My ear and face feel better than they have since the bite. It os finally going away on the inside. The ear is still bad. Skin wise. Tried many things. Even EO of oregano. Finally i found a mineral cream Earthseaskinplus and an EO called Owie for kids. I put this on the ear in very small amounts. The cream first then just the tinyest bit of owie oil. Not even a drop. Just a touch to a glass dropper. The skin on the ear must also breath. This is amazing how much it is helping. I can only wait and see if it heals completely. And then doesnt come back.

  • I’ve succesfully burnt out my genital wart,from my pubic region in about 3-4 days.but it burnt like hell,it gave me quite a nasty scar,but eventually it healed.they didn’t came back since then(it’s been a year aprox.).i dont reccomend to put it on genitals! I’m quite shure that if you take small oral dosages too,it’s even more effective and it kills the problem from it’s “roots”.It gave me a huge releef…it made me happy again,it put me back to normal

  • Kathleen P.

    Consult with my dr before taking?? Ha! All they ever say is “what is that? I dont know about that- no, do not take it!”

  • I almost died four years ago from a staph infection in my arm (celluitis) due to my having had one lymph node removed ten years previously for breast cancer diagnosis. I was hospitalized for five days and had reactions to many antibiotics, both oral and systemic (intravenous). I now can only take one antibiotic for my celluitis on an outpatient basis , which has a severe side effect of causing almost total insomnia. As we were going on vacation last month, I got a spot of celluitis on my elbow. Not wanting to ruin our vacation with insomnia, I turned to Dr. Google and realized I could take does of oregano oil, which kills staph. I took three tablets of 70% carvacol oregano oil four times daily for a week. The oregano oil knocked out the infection one day faster than my antibiotics had done. I coupled this treatment with my lymphedema massage and wearing a compression arm and hand sleeve, as instructed by my lymphedema specialists. This success has made me so much more reassured and self-reliant. I did some research, as my oil of oregano was over two years old. It seems that it stays fresh indefinitely in the capsule. So no more worrying that my antibiotics are out of date. I did use probiotics for one week subsequent to my treatment to restore my gastrointestinal flora. Surprisingly, the oil of oregano also helped my other digestive issues and my asthma. My allergy cough subsided and has not returned. My naturopath is delighted; he believes asthma is a reaction to long-term, low level infection in the lungs. I hope my comment helps someone else who has developed resistance to many if not most outpatient antibiotics.

  • Mildred B.

    Taking 300 mg a day maintenance am for repeated Uti symptoms for last 4 wks. Evening taking 60 billion probiotic. Seems to be working. I have suffered over 5 yrs with repeated Uti symptoms, many times no positive test results. Also cut sugar and yeast from products and breads. So far so good. I have tried so many other herbs and product, lost count. In my opinion, Doctors don’t follow through with proper referral or testing, just antibiotics which complicate my issue.

  • Hello, I have Giardia from Nepal/India since four months. Took 3x Antibiotics but the Little creature did not disappear. Now before the doctor advises the next big medicine, I would like to try Oregano oil since I have heard great things about it.

    Also I would like to know how to take it, if I have a parasite like giardia and is there someone here who has tried this? Thanks for your help :) Miri

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