How to Take Oregano Oil

Learn to how to take oregano oil—and how to get the most out of this incredibly versatile natural treatment for all kinds of ailments.

how to take oregano oil

Learn how to take oregano oil to fight against a number of conditions.

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.

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Oregeno 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.
  • FYI

    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.


[1] WebMD: Oregano.


This article was originally published in 2012 and is regularly 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

  • 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

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  • 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.

  • Sorry for putting my question here .
    I have 100% pure essential oregano oil by Aura Cacia , with a caution warning to avoid mucous membranes.
    Does it means not to inhale steam with its drops diluted for cough and phlegm ?
    Should for above reason , food grade oregano oil is the right selection .
    Please help
    Regards
    Manoj

  • I added Oregano oil 2 drops a day, to Agracept 4 drops to treat the symptoms of Lyme Disease that was misdiagnosed and left untreated for 11 years. It is helping tremendously … adding the Oregano relieved so many of the symptoms like joint pain, brain fog, fatigue. I highly recommend it.

  • I TOO HAVE BRAIN FOG DUE TO SILICONE POISONING-IMPLANTS*, AND THIS IS TRULY A MIRACLE FOR THIS !! USUALY TAKE FOR THIS-TWO A DAY CAPSULE*. BRAIN FOG RETURNS* IMMEDIATELY**IF I MISS A DAY ETC.–

  • I was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2008 a couple years after having getting some type of
    pneumonia-like infection which lasted 4-5 weeks. I progressively became more and more reactive to a variety of foods which cause peripheral and spinal pain and eye-irritation/inflammation which
    last 2-3 days if I immediately return to a very strict diet. A few years ago I learned about taking
    Oil of Oregano capsules to try to cut both the length and intensity of these debilitating pain episodes. I am so grateful to have learned this as it really works and helps a lot to reduce the pain and inflammation to more tolerable levels and reduce the length of the episodes from 2-3 days down to 1 day or less. I don’t know much about dosage, but just take 3 capsules per day for a few days. I see each capsule is only 50 mg with 75-80% carvacrol. I have tried numerous over-the-counter and presription medicine for this type of inflammatory pain caused by reactions to foods, (especially starches) and additives (like maltodextrin, now guar gum too). NOTHING has helped in any way other than strict adherence to an increasingly strict diet AND Oil of Oregano when I accidentally “slip-up” with my diet. I am so happy to learn all the other condition for which Oil of Oregano can be helpful. Thank You All !

  • It is a natural antibiotic. I take 4 drops 4 times a day for UTI or basically anything that calls for antibiotics. I take for 1 week and always have success. It is amazing.

  • My mom, 75 years old.she has been coughing on and off for almost 3 years.she was seen by Dr and was treated with antibiotic on and off. At night she hardly sleep due to bad cough,
    and produce lots of sputum. 4 months ago i was introduced by a friend on the benefit of oregano oil. I bought a bottle and let my mom try.I add 2-3 drop of oregano oil in an empty capsule and add virgin coconut oil.For the first week she took it 3 times a day.then reduce to twice a day and gradually daily. Amazingly her cough get well.She stop taking it.But recently she start to have flu.I told her to take once a day. Would it cause any harm if she take it daily for a long period.Please advised.Thank you.

  • Oregano oil is my “go to”….first sign of something off and I begin taking it. I do not take prescription western medicines–I have found that most have superior herbal or homeopathic alternatives that work with out the awful side effects. Natural remedies sometimes take longer but I feel it is worth it. I buy the strongest oregano oil that I can find and carry it with me when I travel–especially to third world countries. I use dropper to fill empty vegetarian capsules right before needed. After reading comments above I am now going to try it externally…even though I do not like the smell–it will be worth the smell if it works. Traditionally, oil pulling is best with plain raw organic sesame or coconut oil (both have antibacterial qualities) but I like the idea of adding a drop of oregano oil for an extra kick also as suggested above. I am grateful that our planet blesses us with many healing treasures!

  • For genital herpes outbreaks: I take 4 drops sublingually daily for prevention, also with 4 drops of olive leaf extract. I use the 25% purity oil of oregano, which is premixed with olive oil and is sold in most health food stores. I take it on an empty stomach and try to wait one minute before drinking water. If I feel an outbreak coming on, I take this combination three times daily. It has worked for me. I used to get outbreaks every 5-6 weeks, but now I get them 2-3 times per year. I still have to take Acyclovir for the outbreaks, but not as much and not as long as previously. I am male, early 60’s, good health, good diet.

  • Oil of Oregano is amazing, I have used in place of antibiotic more than once over the years, but, please everyone, note what someone posted in December 2016. Seems they are the only one to mention it and it is very important. You must take a probiotic after your round of OOO. It does also kill good bacterial in your gut. The person I purchased mine from told me I will need a probiotic. All people who sell OOO should be telling the buyer to take a probiotic!

  • Linda

    Someone told me that oil of oregano should not be taken (daily) for more than 2 to 3 weeks as the body gets used to it or its potency gets less and less. Is this true? if so, how many weeks are advised?

  • Jacqueline A.

    Not sure if this gets absorbed as much as sublingual(because sublingual veins go through bloodstream) but even diluted I couldn’t stand the taste. I just got a pill-sized piece of bread, put 4 drops on it , folded it once then swallowed it and drank water after! Best thing EVER!!! Can’t taste it!

  • Tammy D.

    I’ve hard green sinus for two years left side plugged
    Took for10 days energy ,my fibro I have no pain.
    Wow glad I got sick I feel better.
    I hope or wish others could experience this

  • I was fighting an infection after a mole removal on my upper leg. Turns out fungal infections use melanin as armour and that’s why they can grow back; the cause is still there.
    My little infection site.became swollen, red and inflamed one night, but rather than using my usual go-to of a healing castor oil.pack, I wanted.to see what my organic oil of wild oregano on the swelling, which was about 1/4″ high past skin level. Not 20 mins later and the swelling was gone! I was mightily impressed. That infection has since healed nicely after this miraculous oil finished off the cause. Fungus “hates” oil of wild oregano because it dies.instantly! I am now taking orally 5 days out.of 7 when I’m fighting something and 3 out of 7 for maintenance, 350 mg those days. It works very well for me so far. I luv.this stuff!

  • Nancy R.

    Everyone reacts differently to each medication, as does each person respond differently to each essential oil. Precisely why a good reference guide for EO’s will give several options for ailments. It’s not a “one treatment serves all” kind of thing. Get a good reference book, or a friend who has one. Do your research. I use Oregano EO for infections, always successful. But not so much for other family members. Always use caution with amounts and duration. Be sure you know where your oil comes from. I’d NEVER use Wal-Mart oils internally, nor diffused. Not sure who bottles theirs.

  • I have successfully treated several major tooth infections with oregano oil. In the past, I would have ended up in urgent care due to the severity, but now I start with oregano oil and it is cleared up within 2-3 days.

  • Donna B.

    Can’t speak enough what this has helped me with. I use to have systemic candida and when I got sick with continued respiratory infections I was in great pain. I use to live on antibiotics for years and when I got sick with bronchias my asthma would flare up terribly. I’d run and get another antibiotic from pulmonary doctor and of course this was a visions cycle making it worse. Folks, candida is most times the problems to our triggers of respiratory and sinus problems and to find out I can just take oregano oil to combat these problems is a blessing/miracle. The last few days I had the flu. Since I was always sensitive in my lungs it immediately attacks them. Oregano Oil to rescue. Yesterday was a terrible day, aweful weakness, croupy cough, painful throat, like swallowing golfball, headachy, neck pain. Anyway I started the oregano oil as soon as I felt it coming on 4 days ago so continued use with oil I felt the relief slowly, I’d also use HP in nebulizer and amazingly enough today I am doing great!! As long as I get that mucus out as I go along it soon all eventually goes away naturally. I will always have to be aware and on top of my symptoms, but my life is 100 percent better. I also build my immune system with nutritional shakes. I believe in natural ways today, so grateful I found the benefits to oregano oil. By the way capsules work best for me.

  • I am suppose to take a large dose of antibiotics before dental work. I heard about oregano and wanted to know how much of the essential oil to take prior to dental work. I use Doterra oils.

  • Gloria H.

    I have a history of UTIs. I also use Essential oils – but had never heard about Oregeno oil and it’s health advantages until about 6 months ago. Shortly after that I incurred another UTI. So, instead of running to the doctor or clinic and being given antibiotic – again! I started to put 3 – 5 drops of oregano essential oil in a veggie capsule. I did that 3-4 times a day for 5 days, then cut back for a couple more days (less times, less drops). Drinking lots of water too. I did not need to pay out money for a doctor or for antibiotics. I was SO happy!! After 50 years I have finally broken the constant trips to doctor. (I also started a probiotic for urinary tract). Halleluia!

  • Gloria H.

    I used Ancient Apothecaqry oregano recommended by Dr. Axe as it can be safely taken internally.

  • I cut my upper lip and skin. I was watching it carefully, but it did develop an infection. I went to walk in clinic- they wanted to “shoot me up” with powerful antibiotics. I declined, as I have been on special immune boosting vitamins & probiotics and I didn’t’t want to kill them. So.. I tried the oral oil of oregano (Oreganol P73, as it was pure and had clinical studies backing it up). I am disabled – I had a very large ventral mesh implanted after a huge hernia; post hysterectomy & I have problems from that (lots of adhesions).
    Well- I after taking the OOO capsules, I thought my guts were burning from inside out! I tried another dose the next day- same thing: terrible anxiety, severe GI pain Does anyone have thoughts on what may have caused that reaction? I’m not allergic as I can other herbs in same family. I actually wondered if the OOO was eating up the adhesions…? I would love ideas on that. And BYW: I did cut open the pearly capsule of oil and dribbled on the wound. It burned a bit but it started clearing up right away! And I started feeling better. Can anyone comment on this? Or has anyone had a similar experience? Thank you very much.

  • Amber t.

    I have been dealing with allergic ryanitis for about 3 years. They can’t identify what I’m allergic too. It results in sinus infections and bronchitis as well as pneumonia. I end up on antibiotics and steroids for a year straight and gained 50 lbs. I want to try this natural remedy if someone can please advise me on what to buy and the best way to take it. I’m tired of hospitals and poisoning my body with all these medications. Desperate for an answer and a solution.

  • I work at a hospital directly caring for sick patients. As soon as I feel a cold coming on or feel poorly in any way, I take Oregano oil. Honestly, I cant stand the taste but it works so fast that I suffer through it. I’ve started adding it to a small amount of V8 juice, downing and then chasing with the rest of the V8 juice. Best way I’ve found to get it down.

  • I have been using Oregano oil (diluted with olive oil) topically to relieve Ringworm, but new spots are still appearing. I started taking it orally, a few drops sublingually at night. So far no change in symptoms after 5 days, other than making me super tired. How much should I be taking and how?

  • Lowell B.

    I got food poisoning in Taiwan. I started taking oregano oil. 5 drops per day 5 times per day. In about a week the infection was gone. I thought I was going to die and a friend of mine has been on antibiotics for over 3 years. Oregano oil made my urine akin to battery acid. I also used cranberry juice to flush out those hiding and propolis so they could not reproduce or form cysts to hid until later. I thought I would die but it worked.

  • Lowell B.

    Oh yeah, the was 2-3 days of fever so I had to throw another quilt on the bed and a couple days just stayed in bed. That is all I can remember except at first it totally paralyzed me for about 30 minutes and I continued to defecate and urinate over and over in the shower unable to control anything. I couldn’t even reach up to turn off the water so I just sat there unable to move.

  • Interesting article. I think I will try oregano oil and see how it works to relieve my leg swelling.

  • It’s been a Long time since I’ve had to do wild oregano shots. When ever there is anything going on in my stomach. I do it, or I’m trying to convince someone else to do it. Just yesterday my wife got sick, and I’ll be picking some up tomorrow morning. The way we do it, is. First coat your mouth 👄 with milk. Then with about a teaspoon in a shot glass and through it down the back of your throat. (Just the oil not the glass.) Followed immediately by more milk. (Whole Milk not that 2% cr@¿p.) For UTI’s: 3 to 4 large cloves of garlic, preferable raw. Couple times a day. Had a good friend that used to get them couple times a year. Doctor everytime two weeks antibiotic most of the time it didn’t work. Now she doesn’t even get them anymore. Because as soon as she senses anything, right away w.e.oil. shots and garlic and it’s gone by the next day. Over 10 years now…. They say add a 1000 mg buffered vitamin c to your body twice a day and you can fend off small pocks…

  • Oil of oregano WORKS but I’m a little scared of it. I use it in place of an antibiotic and i probably take too much. 2 capsules of oil of oregano at a time with extra oil and food… But think about it. As STRONG as just a few drops feel–Many, many drops in a capsule and being released into your intestinal track (I don’t believe your stomach could transform it!?) Anyway… Here’s what I’ve noticed: It ALWAYS gets rid of a UTI–In combination with external antibiotic ointment (yes, I know it’s not a place people normally think to use it. But I was getting CHRONIC Uti’s and it felt like I was dying from all the antibiotics. This combo totally works (as does prevention using the topical Antibiotic ointment before sex). BUT… I feel like my intestines shut down for a day or two after using for 3 or more days. And right now, I’m about to try oregano oil for the first time for a sinus infection, and wondering is it worth risking my intestines over… Maybe I’ll try just one capsule 3 times a day and if it doesn’t make a big difference in 3 days stop it. I really am worried it damages my intestines…

  • I forgot to say, it only takes a day or two (again, in combo with a topical anitbacterial ointment like neosporin) for me to get rid of a UTI with oregano oil–Taking 2 capsules 3 times a day (of oregano oil). Prewarning again that I think that’s too much and could be damaging my intestines.

  • Viviane C.

    hi, I just read the entire amount of messages above. there’s a lot of information but there’s really no exchange between members, no question is answered specifically, it’s a little disappointing. I’ve been researching about oregano oil as a way to may be get a head start in fighting an infection with MAC bacterium (Myco Avium Complex lung disease).The conventional treatment. involves over a year of 3 differents antibiotics as the “bug” is resistant to most. If anybody is familiar with this condition , thank you for sharing your experience.

  • I started using oregano oil to treat lyme disease. It will ne now third week first I was taking 10 drops per day but after two weeks I cut to 5 drops. I am taking it wit with cinnamon and clove essential oils. It is best if taken with olive oil.. does any one knows if it works and how long does it take to cure lyme with it?

  • Some mentioned UTI/OOO. Anybody has knowledge if Oregano Oil works for enlarge prostate???

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