Oregano is a strong antimicrobial oil and is generally a good choice for fighting colds. It also eases the pain of arthritis. However, oregano is a skin irritant and should be used with caution. Do not confuse Origanum vulgare ssp compactum with the more gentle essential oil of marjorum, Origanum majorana.
Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare and Origanum Compactum
Odor Intensity: Medium
Colds and flu
Cough-tickling and whooping
Respiratory infection (tuberculosis)
Aroma: pungent, hot, earthy and spicy
Parts Used: Leaves
Properties: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, stomachic, expectorant, emmenagogue, antirheumatic.
Contraindications: Avoid prolonged internal use. May be irritating to the skin and cause contact dermatitis. Always dilute well before applying to the skin. Do not use during pregnancy or on children under 5. Blend oregano with mild essential oils such as Lavender before diffusing. Excessive amounts of diffused oregano will cause eye and throat irritation.
Undiluted oregano can be very irritating to the skin. Use only in dilution with vegetable oil or lotion. be especially careful on hypersensitive skin, damaged skin, aged skin and with children.
Oregano Oil for Candida