Thrifty Tip: Using Oil Of Oregano

Posted on August 14th, 2013 by Discount Debbie


I have become more acquainted with using essential oils in the last couple of years. I’ve used them for making cleaning products for a while now. I’ve used tea tree oil for multiple uses over the years. But, in the last coup0le of years, I’ve begun to expand my horizons. One of the oils that’s newer to me is Oil of Oregano. I started using it during cold and flu season either to ward off something in its early stages or to prevent from getting sick when I knew I had been exposed.

Recently, however, I had a slight ear ache and read that, in a diluted form, oil of oregano was the answer for me. I put a drop (yes, one drop) of the powerful oil in two tablespoons of olive oil (one night I used coconut oil, which works great also). Then, I dipped a cotton ball into the mixture and put it in my ear. I did that a couple of nights in a row while taking three drops of the oil (usually in a tablespoon of coconut oil) 3 or 4 times during the day. In two days, I could not believe the difference it made.

Of course, essential oils are not regulated by the FDA and, as such, there are very few studies done to verify their effectiveness. However, if I can use a natural product in place of something with a bunch of side effects, I’m more likely to do a little research and try it.

Here are a few other uses for oil of oregano:

Athlete’s Foot
Massage into the feet, add a drop to shoes, soak socks in warm water and 2 drops of oregano or add 1-2 drops in a foot bath.

Massage with coconut oil into the area once a day.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Massage the oil into the hands, wrists and up the forearms, upper arms and shoulders. Also use movement that go UP the arm (toward the heart).

Fungal Infections
Can be used topically, taken internally and/or inhaled aromatically according to the type and location of infection to increase the oregano oil health benefits.

Immune System (Stimulant)
Use daily on the soles of the feet, add a drop to meals or your bathwater, and add 1 drop to a pan of steaming water to inhale for several minutes a day (maybe even pasta water to flavor the pasta as well!).

Gently massage into the inflamed area, always massaging toward the heart.

Intestinal Parasites
You can access oregano oil health benefits by massage into the soles of the feet and in a clockwise motion over the abdomen. Also be sure to take the oil internally, such as by adding to capsules or meals.

Muscle Aches
Dilute within coconut oil and massage into the muscles, moving toward the heart.

Take internally (in capsules or food), massage into the soles of the feet, or apply over the area of concern.

Massage a 1:3 ratio of oregano oil to coconut oil directly over the site. Do this 3x a day and continue several days after it disappears.

Vaginal Candida
Take internally with food or in capsules, massage into the feet.

Viral Infections
Use a hot compress, add oregano to your bath water, or massage into the reflex points of the feet.

Apply a 1:3 ratio (oregano:coconut oil) directly to the wart.

There’s so much more. But, this should be enough to pique your interest. 🙂


Do you have a favorite essential oil?



  1. Marilyn Wandell August 15, 2013

    When you took the oil of oregano for the earache, do you mean orally?

  2. Lores August 15, 2013

    Hi Marilyn!
    Yes, I took it orally. I usually put 3 drops in a tablespoon of coconut oil because it is so strong on its own (although I’ve read that’s the most effective way).

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