Using Oregano Oil for Common Problems

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

Organic oregano oil supplement from Global Healing Center supports overall health.

Oregano oil is extracted from the leaves of the oregano (Origanum vulgare) plant, a perennial herb belonging to the family of Lamiaceae. [1] In a past post about oregano oil, I discussed its numerous beneficial properties. Now, I’d like to cover how it can be used to address a wide range of problems. Here’s a guide to help you get the most out of this wonderful oil.

Stiffness and Soreness

Whether your muscles are sore or your joints are stiff, oil of oregano can be used topically to penetrate the skin and help soothe the discomfort that may be causing your issue. Rub a 50/50 mixture of organic oregano oil and organic olive oil onto the affected areas.

Seasonal Wellness

When you begin to notice that itchy feeling in the back of your throat and feel something coming on, place 3-6 drops of oil in an empty capsule and take 2-3x daily just before meals every day for 5-10 days.

Digestive Issues

Place 3-6 drops of oil in an empty capsule and take 2-3x daily, just before meals. The high levels of thymol and carvacrol found in the oil can help to calm upset stomachs and assist with digestion.

Ear Infection

Rub a 50/50 mixture of organic oregano oil and organic olive oil on the outside of the ear. For children, a 25% oregano oil and 75% olive oil mix should be used. Never put essential oregano oil directly in the ear canal!

Insect Bites and Stings

Preparing for a hike? Take along a 50/50 mixture of organic oregano oil and olive oil. It can help neutralize and extract the venom from any insect bite or sting, and may even assist with allergic reactions from wasp or bee stings. Simply apply to the swollen area.

Migraine and Sinus Headaches

The next time you get a headache, try rubbing a 50/50 mixture of essential oregano oil and olive oil between your eyebrows and on your forehead and temples (do NOT get any in your eyes!) You can also sniff the fumes of the oil to provide further assistance to your sinuses.

Minor Burns

Oregano oil can provide pain relief instantly and may prevent blisters. Combine 1 drop of oregano oil with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and apply to the affected area.

Mouth Sores, Abscesses, and Toothaches

Mix a drop of oregano oil with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, and then swish it around in your mouth around your tooth or gums. You can also use it as a kind of medicated mouthwash. Take a sip of water, swish it around your mouth for 1 to 2 minutes, and spit it out. Repeat as needed daily.

Just remember oil of oregano should be diluted before applying it directly to your skin, Typically, this will be one teaspoon of olive or coconut oil per drop of oregano oil. Make oregano oil a regular part of your home first aid kit. Having a 50/50 mixture of olive oil and oregano oil already prepared will leave you prepared for health issues that arise.


  1. United States Department of Agriculture. Plants Profile for Origanum vulgare (oregano).” 2006. 16 Mar. 2016

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • Bill

    I like oregano oil…use it myself and for my dogs.
    I want to know if it kills the good bacteria in our digestive systems.

  • Emily

    When you use oregano and thyme oil in conjunction, you get a synergistic effect that is greater than the sum of the two each-powerful-by-itself oils.

    I would recommend using tea tree or rosemary oil for gum disease, as you can use them undiluted and are at once much milder than oregano oil and just as effective for that purpose.

  • GHCCustomerService

    Thank you for your post! There are no specific studies that I am aware of that suggest this is the case, that oregano oil would kill off the good bacteria in the gut. This does not mean that it doesn’t take place. Oregano oil has been used for many thousands of years and we (humans) have adapted to it so that the good bacteria is effected minimally. If one has a gut issue, more than likely you would need to take a probiotic in order to bring a natural balance to the intestine, regardless of the use of oregano oil. If you where using oregano oil to treat a cold you would likely be using it much less and so there is no need for a probiotic. I feel that there is a likely hood that the good bacteria could be effected, and so I do suggest the use of a good probiotic when using oregano oil for long periods of time.

    Thank you again for your post, take care and be well!

  • sj

    I used a teeny drop of Now oregano (25% with olive oil) to clean my toothbrush and then rinsed the brush but when I went to brush my teeth later that day, it burned the bejeebers out of my mouth. Since it was diluted I was shocked at how strong this stuff is and extremely hot!

  • Donald Willingham

    What is the proper mix for oil of wild oregano

  • Global Healing Center

    Are you talking about making your own?

  • K

    What ages is this solution for ear infections above recommended for?

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