Oil of oregano can be a powerful weapon against all kinds of conditions. In a companion post, we cited “5 Amazing Oregano Oil Benefits.” And in a host of other articles, we dug deeper into the many uses of this natural treatment (see sidebar below: “Oregano Oil vs. Depression, the Flu, Inflammation, and More”). Here, we’ll get into the question of how to take oregano oil, covering various options to do so.
Once you get a feel for how oregano oil can help you, you need to learn how to ingest it. Oregano oil is widely available in bottled liquid extract, capsule form, and tablet form; wild P73 is the most potent.
Please note that before you begin taking a supplement, advice from a healthcare professional is strongly encouraged.
OREGANO OIL VS. DEPRESSION, THE FLU, INFLAMMATION, AND MORE
Oil of oregano is a powerful weapon against multiple ailments. Follow the links here to learn more about them.
- Promoting heart health and lowering cholesterol levels
- Natural remedy for depression and anxiety
- Reducing pain and inflammation
- Blood sugar control
- Hormone balancing
- Fighting respiratory and flu infections
- Fighting urinary tract infections
- Fighting fungal and yeast infections
- Fighting parasitic infections
- Preventing food-borne illnesses and aiding in digestive issues
Oregano Oil as a Topical Treatment
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 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.
Oregano Oil Taken Sublingually
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 also can gargle the water with a few drops 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, do it several times per day to be sure you are receiving an adequate dosage.
Oregano Oil via Steam/Inhalation
To fight sinus infections, colds, and allergies, try adding a few drops of oregano oil to a small pot with boiling water. Cover your head with a towel, close your eyes, and put your face over the pot (but not close enough to get burned), and inhale the steam. Repeat several times to clear your throat and nasal passages.
Oregano Oil Capsules, Pills, and Tablets
For acute infections, you need approximately 500 mg, four times per day, to achieve the antimicrobial benefits. However, since different makers have different amounts of the active ingredients— caravacrol and thymol—in their particular brand, it is helpful to follow the manufacturer’s instructions before taking oregano oil capsules.
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 When Taking Oil of Oregano
Oregano can cause reactions in people allergic to Lamiaceae family plants, including basil, hyssop, lavender, marjoram, mint, and sage.
A The New York Times story in 2012 mentioned that commercial chicken farms have begun to use oregano oil as well as cinnamon oil for chickens. Their natural antibiotic properties serve as an alternative to conventional antibiotics. Read more about it here.
If you are taking prescription medications, do not start oil of oregano without consulting with your doctor or an integrative physician first.
Share Your Experience and Thoughts on Oregano Oil
If you’ve tried it in the past and have seen positive results, please leave a comment below telling us your experience or thoughts on using oregano oil. By doing so, you can encourage other readers who are seeking natural alternatives for their health conditions as well.
This article was originally published in 2012 and is regularly updated.
 WebMD: Oregano.