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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  • 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

  • Monica r.

    My tinittus disappeared by taking 6 drops of oregano oil 3 times a day everyday diluted in a cup a of water.

  • I don’t recommend diluting with “water” if you are taking it orally, and if you are mixing “pure” oregano oil. Oregano oil that is 100% pure is very strong, and it will burn your skin, and your esophagous if you swallow it undiluted…and of course, oil and water DON’T mix. I accidentally tried it that was the first time, and the oil stayed in my throat and burned it. Dilute iwth Olive oil first if you plan on swallowing it, or you will regret it. And if you are using it topically, if you rub a large area of pure oregano oil, it will burn enough to make your skin peel. (although you can use a Q-tip, and put it cautiously…on pimples, or whatever, but don’t use big globs of it, be conservative!)

  • cheryl d.

    to take my OOO I drop 4 drops into a gel cap and just take it like a pill with water to swallow. makes it easy. I have imflamation and hurt most of the time. this has helped take the edge off, and I have more energy

  • Susan R.

    I have the potent good quality oil of oregano and there’s no way i can take this as it burns, i want to take for an UTI, my son days you use about 3 drops and mix with milk them drink milk straight afterwards to counteract the burning. I really would like an answer to this one if poss please as ill do anything to get rid of this painful UTI

  • I see a lot of people leaving info on here but not really giving a full description of what exactly you are taking. I found some capsules that are 75%-80% Carvacrol and each capsule is 50mgs. How much should one be taking for a maintenance? 500mg seems like a ton of pills. Any help?

  • Hi! How many times a day do you take this? Also for how long? I have Candida and Oregano Oil is an excellent way to kill it.

  • I HAD PAIN IN MY LOWRR LEFT STOMACH AND UTRERUS CRAMPING BETWEEN PERIODS…NEVER HAVE I HAD HEALTH PROBLEMS BUT I AM 50 SO AFTER A COUPLE wEEKS OF MILD DISCOMFORT I PUT STRAIGHT OREGaNO OIL ON THE BOTTOM OF MY FEET ONce a DAY FOR THREE DAYS AND NOW the issue IS GONE…amazing

  • Last winter after two rounds of prescription antibiotics for a UTI and no end to my symptoms, I looked into essential oils. I have bunches for soap making and figured I had something effective on hand. I found advice online recommending 5-7 drops taken internally 3-4 times a day. I went with 4 times a day, taking it with water, immediately followed by milk and some bread to counteract the burn. It’s one of the nastiest tasting things ever. It burns which is why if you can get capsules, you’ll get it down way easier. I took it this way for seven days. I felt better by the second day, but wanted to be sure it was gone, thus the seven days.

    I now have another UTI hanging on after one round of ineffective treatment with a prescription. This is day 2 with oregano oil and I’m feeling much better this evening.

    I’ve tried diluting with both water and olive oil. I found that the olive oil coats my mouth and throat, prolonging the burning. The water, though it doesn’t mix with the oregano, carries it more effectively. I use about an ounce of water, followed by fill glass, followed by milk and bread.

    As it’s both antibacterial and antifungal, it’s taking care of the yeast infection that the prescription antibiotics caused. If you’re unsure if you have a UTI, you can order the urine test strips doctors use online. If you’re worried about the sterility of your cups or want disposable, sterile urine sample cups are also available online.

  • STEVEN S.

    I had dental surgery but refused the antibiotics from the dentist. A few days later I had some pain at the point of surgery which gravitated to my ear on the same side. I believed it to be infection setting in. That night I took half a cotton ball and soaked up half a teaspoon of coconut oil into it and added one drop of wild oregano oil. I put this between my gum and cheek and slept with it in my mouth over night. The pain was gone in the morning. I did it a second night for good measure and took a couple drops of oregano oil internally twice a day for two days. Worked like a charm.

  • Please tell me how to take oil orally besides mixing with olive oil. I need to treat candida. Thx

  • The taste of oil oregano is strong please tell me other ways to take it. Txs.

  • I too doxycycline per dr I one time a day on 6th day had a rash and hot burning in my era took children’s dye free benadryll was sick 3 wks prior to taking got better but now can’t not sure if I have bacterial dr thought I will do oreginal p73 again what dose any suggestions?

  • A friend had a sinus infection so bad that sneezes smelled bad. He read about oregano oil and tried it. After a couple of days he began sneezing a lot and blowing his nose – having lots of mucous. His sneezes stopped smelling bad and he said he finally was able to sleep well because he could breathe better. He was amazed so I went out and bought a bottle. I have told everyone his story. I take it every day as a preventative measure.

  • Karen D.

    I put 4 drops of oregano oil in 1/2 cup of boiled water and 1-2 teaspoons of honey, stir well. Drink it while it’s hot. I do this 4 times a day when I have a cold and it clears it up quickly.

  • I have some type of parasite worm(s), I started using Wild Turkey Oregano Oil under my tongue, 1 drop 3 x a day. I had a heart attack and stint in 2014 and I guess with that, the oil raised my blood press almost to 200/115 so I stopped. I feel confident that Oregano will help expel these worms in my stools and also from ny nose. Cn anyone advise me how much less to use to get some good effects? I’m one of the billion people that the docs refuse or don’t know a thing about parasites and how to kill them. I’ve been turned down by Infectious Disease Dr. and my PC’s take a hike, want no part of it. Too bad for a 89 yr old senior wom,an

  • Darleen G.

    I got a cold sore ( that I rarely get) and put a drop on it as soon as I got in my car after buying it. Put a second drop on 4 hours later when I went to bed. It was 90% gone next morning, and one more drop that day got rid of it.

  • I have been using oil of oregano for years. At the first sign of anything, I start taking it 3 times a day. If I get it at all, it will only last a day, three days tops. I came down with shingles once and your dad and less than 2 weeks but taking it 3 times today or early and applying the oil to the ranch itself. Wild oregano is some really powerful stuff and no medicine cabinet should be without

  • I could not see my comment while I typed it because of everything that was in the way of the comment text field. The previous comment did not come out as intended.

  • Does oregano oil can cure yellow discharge from vagina

  • Last year I was so sick that I took antibiotics so many times that I became allergic to penicillin! My daughter recommended that I take oil of oregano. I started taking oil of oregano for a sinus infection 75 to 85% carvacol. I was taking 5 drops 3x daily under my tongue for about a month, To my absolute delight it not only cleared the sinus infection but also my psoriasis! I would love to take this daily, but am worried about damage to liver or kidneys? Anyone know anything about this? Thanks

  • Harriet K.

    It is a wonder drug and should e investigated in the treatment of cancer. I had a suspicious growth on my breast and I used oil of oregano topically and orally and it was gone in 1 week.

  • I was getting sever ear infections from my hearing aid molds. After spending hundreds of dollars at the Dr’s and for meds, my daughter recommended oil of oregano. I diluted 2 drops with baby oil dipped a cotton ball in it and put it just in the opening of my ear, not only did it take away the pain but pulled the infection put of my ear. I now use it when ever I feel an ear infection starting as well as for other healthproblems

  • joanie r.

    Hi. Are people getting responses from all these great questions? It would be great to see some of the answers. I take a small dose of BP medicine and also seem to be reacting to high histamine foods. I will get stuffed up right away. I know that mint is something I react to. I just bought Oregano oil and will try it with my manuka honey. Manuka Honey is wonderful. I get chronic sinus infections. I started getting reactions from Sulfa, levequin, cyclor so there are not many left for me to take. I recently was cultured and had Psudeomonis. Where the hell I got this, I don’t know. So now I am looking for a natural way to deal with it. Any help is appreciated. I just found out about this site. Is there a forum? Thanks.

  • For those of you that have trouble tolerating the oregano oil, check out garlic tea.

  • Wanted to share my cold cure. I’ve found that if I take Oil of Oregano at the first sign of a sore throat, I can kick it in one day. The key is to bathe the throat in the oil repeatedly. I buy the capsules, and bite down on the capsule to get the oil out, swallow the whole thing. It burns a bit, but just think of the bad bacteria getting burned out of your throat. Wait a few minutes (or as long as you can) before chasing with water. I do this 4 times; sometimes I feel better right away, but every time I’ve done this I’m better by next morning, no sign of sore throat, no sign of a cold. I’ve never tried anything but capsules because that’s what they sell at the grocery store around here.

  • Oregano oil has been so good to me. Ear infection, uti, cold and flu stomach pain. Wonderful stuff.

  • I take the oil of oregano in the winter for maintenance. But I have gotten a bad cold. Sometimes it even fells like the flu but i have been sneezing almost all the time. I am on day three of this bug. I have been reading the comments to see what I should do differently. I am now at 7 drops three times a day. I am putting it in raspberry lemonade. I don’t taste it one bit. Maybe i should do it in water and chase it with the lemonade. When my husband got sick last year, I did the exact same thing for him and he was better in two and a half days and the person that got him sick was still sick for another week after that. I do all natural stuff and this is the first i have been sick in three years. I did make my own batch of oregano oil. I used organic coconut oil with the oregano from my garden. I just have to strain it still. I am going to order some empty capsules to put them in there. To make your own, just get some oregano and put it in a mason jar. Cover it with olive or coconut oil. Put the lid on and put it in a almost boiling water bath. I left it sit in the water bath for about 30 min. then I’d shake it every so often. the coconut oil is now green looking. I used coconut oil instead of olive mainly bc I hope the taste would be a little more bearable and coconut oil is equally better if not more than olive. I don’t feel like straining it yet but i need to. I have it in the fridge for now. Keep the comments coming so we can learn from each other. Thanks and good luck!!!

  • Just a question regarding another possible use – I have copd plus use a cpap that has a hydrator at night. Is there a way the oregano oil could be fed into the hydration system for breathing the oil.

  • Brandi M.

    Oregano Oil capsules have been my savior in my fight against recurrent pilonidal abscesses. I take them when I feel a flare-up coming on, and they get rid of the infection without side effects. I hate the thought of what prescribed antibiotics do to my gut, so this has really been a miracle to find a natural solution. I swear by it and sing its praises any change I am given to do so.

  • I use wild oregano oil. I had forgotten about it in my cabinet. I got bronchitis in October. My doc wanted me on antibiotic but I can’t handle them. I remembered my oil of oregano and took 3 drops under my tongue 3-4 times a day for a week. It worked and I felt better within the first 2 days. BUT everyone must remember, it kills the good bacteria in your gut too, so just like an antibiotic, when you are done with your round, then you must take a good probiotic for awhile.

  • Taking Oregano Oil Sanely- The best way to take it is to use only 8 drops in 3 or more tablespoons of virgin organic coconut oil. Put this in a small bowel, then mix it. Next take 1 1/2 cups of Brown cooked rice and add it into the oil. Mix well and eat, then lick the bowl to get all the oil. If you do this thing for 2 or 3 days you well probably be cured. 8 drops once a day is plenty in this method. Remember no matter how much you dilute you are still going to ingest the same amount of oregano in your body. So the important thing is don’t under dilute for internal use. Over dilute means nothing, unless you are using it externally on the bottoms of the feet.
    WARNING: Oil and water don’t mix and no matter what you are drinking, during or after- you are still ruining your digestive tract and it will be eventually damaged beyond your belief!!! Don’t do it!!! Some people will have it happen sooner and some later, just a matter of time.
    As far as capsule goes, you have the same problem in the stomach similar to the aspirin and the digestive tract problem. Don’t do it.
    Think about it- the oil is going into your body and being carried throughout either externally or internally, so you cannot target just your intestines or one area of your body. Sure if you want a little more concentration then put the oil externally on the lower body, but it is still carried by your body fluids. There is a lot of misconceptions out there by the general public and even some doctors as this field is very, very new to all. And everyone is experimenting. Also remember over use can render it ineffective or even cause allergies- this oil is a medicine and to be used similar to a bandage (only when you need it). And not everyday!!! Look before you leap…

  • Also putting the oil under their tongue, they don’t know and are not telling you the dilution factor.

  • I used Sprouts oregano capsules for a tooth and gum infection and it helped alot, I had no dental insurance and needed antibiotic, I dont recommend waiting to see a doctor in this case because a gum infection can spread to the rest of your body if left untreated .. so u need antibiotics, pharmaceutical or natural, but the infection must be stopped..I used baking soda and vinegar on a q tip to keep the gum cleaned, I also applied myrrh..my gum was very painful, but the oregano soothed the pain it was such a relief..the oregano capsules from sprouts store have already been mixed with olive oil and lecithin which is a plus for gums because when u pop open the capsules the oil is thick so it sticks better and u just massage it in and around the tooth and gum area, I will caution it still can burn, so if u are really sensitive u can dilute further with olive oil, but the sting goes away in a few minutes and u will sense a relief in pain, I also took the capsules internally as well, it was totaly healed in about 5 to 7 days I cant remember exactly…since that time I keep a bottle handy for other uses..its good for pain in the knee, pop open capsules and massage into the knee, ear infection massage around the outer ear for pain, many more uses, just remember the oregano I purchased was already diluted and the reason I mention this brand is because I tried others and they did not work on me, so u might have to try different brands in your area to get results, I hope this helps someone because I was desperate at the time and in alot of pain I asked the LORD for help and he answered through a small oregano capsule :)

  • Never take essential oils pure internally. Especcially not Oregano. You can use capsules with oregano.

  • Jean V.

    I have another UTI bt started Oregano oil at my own risk. Got antibiotics as weekend was near, incase I needed them. However, Can I take O.Oil also with other drugs from GP. Also can I have wine evening time, while consuming O.of Oregano. Also my son got over his Pneumonia with O.of Oregano.

  • It is wise to keep oregano oil capsules on hand at home and while traveling as it will stop throat or chest infections quickly by taking two capsules every four hours for two or three days. This is also true of painful toothache infections.

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