Oregano Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Origanum vulgare
Plant Origin: Turkey
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from leaves, (organic, but not certified)
Shelf Life: 3 years in proper storage conditions
Storage: Store upright, lid tight, out of direct heat and sunlight
Maximum Adult Topical Dilution: 1%
Selah oil blends that contain Oregano essential oil:
Oregano essential oil may support the body's proper natural response to and assist in maintaining a healthy state of the following:
- bacterial infections
- candida, fungus, yeast infection
- carpal tunnel
- digestion issues: E Coli, giardiasis, food poisoning
- infection: viral, bacterial, fungal
- joint pain
- metabolism balance
- MRSA (staph)
- muscular pain
- parasites - intestinal
- respiratory issues: infection, flu, pneumonia (viral and bacterial), congestion, sore throat, colds
- staph (MRSA)
- strep throat
- whooping cough
Oregano has been used to treat MRSA (6. p. 75-80).
1 drop for acute tonsillitis; careful - this oil burns and needs to be absorbed on a charcoal pill or something similar that will release it slowly (3. p. 134).
Mixing two parts thyme (thymol variety), one part oregano, and one part cinnamon, then adding 25 percent of this oil mixture to a base oil and apply topically twice daily will eliminate the toughest fungus" [toe nail fungus] (3. p. 57).
Oregano is very closely related to marjoram (9. p. 226).
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- analgesic - deadens or relieves pain; anodyne
- anthelmintic - destroys or expels worms and parasites; vermifuge
- antibacterial - prevents bacterial growth
- antifungal - prevents fungal growth
- antimicrobial - resists or destroys pathogenic microorganisms
- antiseptic - destroys and prevents the development of microbes/bacteria
- antiviral - inhibits the growth of virus
- expectorant - promotes the discharge of mucous from the respiratory system
- rubefacient - irritant; reddening the skin; an agent that reddens the skin by producing hyperemia
- stimulant - excites or quickens the activity of physiological processes
Dilute and apply on location as desired. Dilute this oil very well. It is considered "hot" and will make your skin very uncomfortable. However, applying diluted to the soles of the feet will not normally cause this "hot" feeling.
It is recommended to avoid this essential oil during pregnancy and lactation.
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Maximum Adult Topical Dilution: 1%
Diffuse only with other suitable essential oils. Oregano is very "hot" and can be very irritating to the mucous membranes if not blended in a very low percentage with other essential oils.
Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA
Due to the high potential of oregano to irritate the skin, internal is the preferred method of use via a capsule, diluted in a carrier (Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt). Internal use is rarely needed, but when it is deemed appropriate, Dr. Schnaubelt says that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils".
Although the quality of Selah Oils is excellent, it is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a certified physician who is also certified in aromatherapy. We recommend getting internal dosing instructions from a licensed physician as some essential oils are not recommended for oral consumption. This is in no way a reflection on our oil quality, only a matter of safety and caution with respect to how concentrated essential oils are. When used within safe parameters, and under your physician's care, the quality of our essential oils is such that they can be used internally if deemed appropriate.
However, with that said, it is important to remember the extreme concentration of essential oils. "Using essential oils by rubbing them into the skin or via inhalation is in many cases more effective than oral delivery" (3. p. 96).
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.
GC/MS Key Constituents:
Humulene <alpha> 0.89%
All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. It is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a licensed physician who is also certified in aromatherapy.
Contraindicated for asthma. (Avoid using with asthma.)
Avoid using this oil while pregnant or breastfeeding.
Caution, do not use on children under 2.
Oregano is a very "hot" oil. This means that it has an irritating, uncomfortable effect when it comes in contact with the skin. To avoid any discomfort, be sure to dilute this essential oil VERY well with a carrier. Do not apply to diseased or damaged skin.
General EO Cautions:
If for any reason you get essential oils in your eyes, put carrier oil along the eyebrows above the eyes and on the cheekbones below the eyes.
Do not put essential oils inside the ear canal.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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