Are you wanting to learn more about oregano essential oil? Are you looking for some great oregano essential oil uses and benefits? Oregano is a very valuable essential oil!

Oregano Essential Oil

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Why You Should Use Oregano Essential Oil!

Oregano is a well known essential oil. The plant it comes from is very popular among those that don’t even use essential oils. But how well do you know oregano? Do you know about the amazing benefits that it can have?

Scientific Name

First let’s look at the scientific name of the oregano that I use.

It is Origanum vulgare.

This might not seem important, but trust me, it is! Some essential oils have lots of different species. Some of these species can be harmful. So it is important when purchasing an essential oil to make sure that you read the full scientific name so that you know what you are getting.

For example, eucalyptus essential oil is an oil that I use on my kids for respiratory concerns and immune support. But, some varieties of eucalyptus essential oil can actually stop a small child’s breathing! We’ll discuss this more in a future post.

What is oregano and where does it come from?

As I mentioned above, oregano is a widely known essential oil. It is a flowering herb that is actually a member of the mint family. It is native to Eurasia and the Mediterranean.

The essential oil is obtained through steam distillation of the leaves, stems and flowering tops of the plant.

What does oregano smell like?

Oregano has an earthy, spicy scent that will bring to mind many culinary dishes!

Oregano Essential Oil Uses

So now that we’ve discussed name, origin, and scent let’s delve right into what oregano is used for and how it will benefit you!

Let me first say that I am not a doctor! All of the information that I provide on this site is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please read my disclaimer page and/or the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for a full disclaimer statement.

Oregano Essential Oil Benefits

There are many listed benefits of oregano!

According to Be Young Total Health’s Total Health Desk Reference, tea tree’s traditional and alternative uses include: insect repellant, indigestion, bloating, arthritis, headaches, and so much more!

According to JennScents Institute’s Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy, oregano is also good for boosting the immune system, parasites, lice, and circulation, just to name a few.

Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, in his book The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, cautions that “Oregano, can be an irritant to the skin.” While beneficial, this oil must be used with caution. I always recommend diluting oregano before applying to the skin.  

Also in Dr. Schnaubelt’s book Advanced Aromatherapy, he says that “When it comes to combating bacterial infections, oregano is aromatherapy’s heavy artillery.”

Another great essential oil source is Valerie Ann Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. In this book Valerie states that “Oregano’s aromatherapeutic home uses include muscular pain and digestive problems.”

I personally use oregano in various essential oil blends. My favorites are Be Young’s Spice of Life Blend and Protection Essential Oil Blend. They are two EO blends that I always keep on hand in my home!


A contraindication is a medical reason for not using something. In this case it is a medical reason for why you should not use oregano.

As mentioned above, oregano oil can be an eye and skin irritant and should be used with caution. Never apply oregano to the skin undiluted and always test in a small area first.

Oregano is also an oil that some sources say to not use during pregnancy. Be sure to consult your primary care provider before using during pregnancy.

Oregano might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.

Oregano can cause an allergic reaction in people allergic to Lamiaceae family plants, including basil, hyssop, lavender, marjoram, mint, and sage.

Also, oregano might lower blood sugar levels and should be used with caution by those that have diabetes.

Oregano might increase the risk of bleeding and should not be used two weeks or less before surgery.

Taking oregano might decrease how well the body excretes lithium, causing a diuretic effect. Do not use if you are taking lithium.

Oregano might decrease blood sugar and should not be used alongside diabetes medications.

Taking oregano along with medications that slow blood clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.

Using oregano along with copper might interfere with copper’s absorption.


You also want to make sure that you are using a good quality oregano.

As an Aromatherapist I would never recommend buying an essential oil at a local store. I can almost guarantee you that it is not a pure oil.

There are no government regulations on essential oils, so an oil can be diluted by up to 50% and still be marketed as a pure oil. It can be diluted with a carrier oil, or with a synthetic substance and still be called pure. How scary is that?! Definitely not something I want to use, especially for my family! You have to be so careful when choosing your brand.

Which Brand of Essentials Oils Should I Use?

So make sure that you know and trust your source. If you have a brand that you feel confident in you can use that. If you aren’t sure about where to get oregano, or if you would like to check out the brand that I use, you can find it on my shop page Healing Blends For Life.

Where to Buy at discounted prices!

If you are interested in learning how you can buy my preferred brand of essential oils at a discounted price check out my Essential Oil page!

Also, if you are new to essential oils and would like to learn more about how to use them, be sure to take my FREE Essential Oils for Beginners Course!

I hope you enjoy oregano as much as I do!

Also please come back after using oregano and comment below with your opinion of the oil!

What do you like most about oregano essential oil? Did you experience any results after using oregano? If so what were they? Do you have any additional uses to add to the above list?

I can’t wait to read your comments!

If you are interested in reading more Essential Oil posts, here are the links to help you find them:

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