Being a chef, it’s no surprise that oregano essential oil is up there on my list of favourites. We all know oregano from our favourite Italian meals, but did you also know that this essential oil can be diffused or used topically?
The other things this powerhouse oil does well is add a whole load of oomph to household cleaners and, if you’re suffering from sore muscles after a hard workout, it may just become your new best friend!
What is oregano essential oil?
The oregano plant (scientific name: Origanum vulgare), is a bushy perennial that is part of the Lamiaceae (mint) family. The leaves of the plant are fragrant and characterised by their rounded to oval shape. This plant also produces tiny, pinkish-purple or white flowers. The essential oil is extracted by air-drying the leaves of the plant.
All of the oregano oil benefits come from its phenols (plant oils). The main chemical component in oregano oil is carvacrol. Carvacrol is a monoterpene that contains warming properties. Oregano oil also contains thymol. Another important component is rosmarinic acid, a powerful antioxidant.
Where does it come from?
Although it is native to Europe, oregano now grows all over the world. It was highly valued by the Greeks and Romans for medicinal purposes. In fact, oregano was so popular and beloved that the name comes from the Greek words “oros,” meaning mountain, and “ganos,” meaning joy or delight.
Oregano oil is one of the best household cleansing agents known to the essential oil world, due to its chemical makeup.
What are the benefits of using oregano essential oil?
Oregano oil is one of the best household cleansing agents known to the essential oil world, due to its chemical makeup. Simply add to filtered water to create an anti-bacterial spray that is great for cleaning surfaces, countertops and even natural stone.
When diluted and used topically, oregano oil may also be applied to inflamed skin. Used aromatically, it may support relief from sinus and chest congestion and related respiratory illnesses.
Oregano oil has the same hot properties, as oils such as cassia and black pepper. It is intensely warming and MUST be diluted with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, before putting on the skin. It is wise to use less than you think you need initially and build up your confidence with topical application over time.
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Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, doTERRA nor Pete Evans recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use. Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician.
doTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent and doTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare. There is also additional education and training provided on the doTERRA website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.