Oregano Oil Benefits and Uses

For many people, it is difficult to think of a common kitchen herb like oregano as a medical remedy, but oregano has been used as a herbal remedy since the time of the ancient Greeks and Chinese.

The active constituents in oregano are thymol and carvacrol, which are also found in thyme. According to researchers, both of the compounds help loosen phlegm in the lungs and relieve spasms in the bronchial passages. Many commercial cough remedies, including cough drops and skin rubs such as Vicks VapoRub, contain thymol (a derivation of thyme).

Harvested during the flowering season and dried on the field or under a roof, oregano has bright purple flowers and an aromatic scent. Its medicinal value lies in the oil found in its leaves.

Suggested Benefits

Oregano is used primarily to support respiratory health.

Preparation and Dosage

You can make an oregano tea by pouring 1 cup of boiling water over 1 heaping teaspoon of the dried herb, steeping for 10 minutes, and then straining. The tea may be sweetened with honey. To make an additive for the bath, pour 1 quart of water over 100 grams (31/3 ounces) of oregano, steep for 10 minutes, strain, and add to a full bathtub.

Sweetened oregano tea may be taken internally as needed. The unsweetened tea may be used as a gargle or mouthwash.