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5 Simple Steps To Make Your Own Oil Of Oregano

5 Simple Steps To Make Your Own Oil Of Oregano

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The ancient Romans and Greeks had a great appreciation for oregano, due largely to its many medicinal uses. Furthermore, the name “oregano” comes from the Greek words “ganos” and “oros,” which means joy and mountain. Therefore, oregano means “joy of the mountain!”

Oil of oregano has antioxidant, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory qualities, and is a carminative, which means it lessens gas formation in the stomach. Furthermore, it is also a cholagogue, enabling bile to be released more easily and aiding in the digestion of fats.

Extracting oil from oregano involves a distinct distillation process. However, there is an easy way to make your own homemade, oil of oregano. Here’s a simple recipe:

What You Will Need

  • Oregano leaves, crushed or chopped
  • Grape seed oil, olive oil or almond oil
  • 2 sanitized jars with twist lids

What To Do

  1. Boil water in a saucepan. Let it reach a rolling boil, and then turn off the flame.
  2. Put your oregano leaves into a jar and then pour the oil of your choice over the leaves.
  3. Place the jar into hot water and allow it sit for 5-10 minutes. This process heats up the oil and allows the oregano to release its natural oils.
  4. Take the jar from the hot water and put it on a sunny windowsill for 1-2 weeks. Shake up the mixture every couple of days.
  5. After it sits for 2 weeks, strain the oil from the leaves into a second, sanitized jar. Store the oil in a cool and dark place.

To preserve homemade oil of oregano, add a couple drops of grapefruit oil. (If you decide to not make your own homemade oil of oregano, then make sure to use a quality, therapeutic grade essential oil.)

Uses For Oil Of Oregano

1. Respiratory illnesses

Many European respiratory remedies contain oregano as an important ingredient. It is used both externally and internally to treat asthma, bronchitis, colds and the flu.

It reduces inflammation caused by allergens. It also acts as a mild sedative, lessening the body’s reaction to the allergens.

Simply massage oil of oregano onto your chest to help relieve these ailments.

2. Skin ailments

People who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, candidiasis and rosacea can benefit greatly from oil of oregano. Remember, however, that oregano is a natural warming oil, so blend it well with jojoba, coconut or olive carrier oils and make sure to test it on affected areas lightly at first.

3. Fungal infections

Because of its antifungal properties, it is good for treating any fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and nail fungus. Again, remember that it is a natural warming oil, so dilute it properly and test it first.

4. Menstrual pain

Oil of oregano has been conventionally used to relieve menstrual issues such as amenorrhea and painful periods known as dysmenorrhea. Because oregano is an emmenagogue, it inspires blood flow to the pelvic region and encourages uterine contractions, enabling easier menstrual flow.

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5 Simple Steps To Make Your Own Oil Of Oregano

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Drink ginger tea mixed with 2-3 drops of your homemade oil of oregano if you have scanty or painful periods. Furthermore, you can add several drops of oil of oregano to chamomile tea to intensify its effectiveness.

To gain relief from menstrual cramps, massage a blend of six drops of oil of oregano and a teaspoon of coconut oil onto the lower abdomen.

5. Cardiovascular diseases

The antioxidant properties of oil of oregano can possibly guard your blood vessels and heart from free radical harm.

6. Arthritis and muscle pain

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties and its natural warmth, it is a wonderful oil for relieving aches and pains due to inflammation.

Simply use your homemade oil of oregano or mix a therapeutic grade essential oil with a carrier oil and massage it onto the affected area.

7. Animal conditions

  • Skin conditions and external parasites. You can apply the oil of oregano to areas where the pets have lost fur due to ringworm infections, mange or hotspots. Animals tolerate oil of oregano well when it’s used diluted with carrier oils. Blend a teaspoon of oil of oregano with a gallon of tepid water and use it as a rinse after bathing your dog. This will aid in flea and skin parasite control.
  • Treat arthritis in dogs. You can try adding several drops of oil of oregano to cod liver oil or moist dog food to make it taste better for your dog. Be sure to only use a drop or Don’t give it to cats; they have a problem metabolizing it.
  • Replace antibiotics for chickens. Antibiotics are traditionally blended with poultry feed to keep the chickens strong and healthy and to aid them in gaining weight faster. Moreover, many organic farmers have now rejected antibiotics and turned oil of oregano as a replacement.
  • Get rid of intestinal worms in dogs. Adding oil of oregano to moist dog food or cod liver oil will help kill internal parasites. Be sure to only add a drop or two.

8. Natural insect repellent

Oil of oregano can be used to get rid of head lice. Furthermore, you can successfully control household pests with this pungent oil.

Place 25 drops each of oil of oregano and lemon essential oil in a spray bottle and fill it up with distilled water. Shake it well. Spray the blend on surfaces and wipe it dry. Furthermore, you can drop several drops of oil of oregano on cotton balls and place them inside drawers and cabinets.

Oil of oregano is also a welcomed addition to any garden. Insects and pests hate the aroma. Blend oil of oregano and water and spray it on the plants in your garden.

Do you know of other uses for oil of oregano? Share your tips in the section below:

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9 comments

  1. Does this call for fresh oregano, or will dried oregano suffice?

    • Yes, use fresh. Dried may get you there but fresh is best.

      Oregano is super easy to grow, will spread nicely to give you more than you could ever use and when in full bloom is great for the bee’s and butterfly’s. It’s one of those perfect plant and (nearly) forget herbs you gotta have.

  2. How long will this stuff last when stored properly?

    • I’m sorry I am just responding. As for shelf life, I would say about one year before it loses potency. One way to deal with this is to make a small amount at a time. Or keep making it and rotating it. It’s easy to make, and Oregano is easy to grow. It also depends on what kind of carrier oil you use. If you use olive oil, it can last a long time. Other oils, not so long. A good way to tell is to sniff it. If it smells off, than it is no good.

  3. Sorry not clear about procedure
    How do I ‘take the jar from the hot water’? Leave the jar empty or pour out just the water.

    • Hi, there,

      You are only placing the jar into the hot water to heat it up. The heating process allows the essential oil to be released from the Oregano. Keep the jar sealed the entire time. Take it from the hot water after about 10 minutes and then place it in a sunny window sill. Shake it daily or so, but leave it there for about 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, open the jar and strain Oregano from the oil. Keep the oil in a closed container and in a dark area. 🙂

  4. As an Italian, olive oil is a cornerstone in my diet. Oregano, alone or mixed with other herbs, is a common seasoning.

    Are there any culinary uses for this oregano (olive) oil? Such as oil & vinegar salad dressing? For an eggplant Parmesan?

    Maybe in a more dilute form?

  5. Being Italian, olive oil is a cornerstone of my diet. Oregano, alone or in combination with other herbs is a common seasoning.

    Are there any culinary uses for this oregano oil? Maybe in a more dilute form?

  6. Can oregano oil help me cure my suspicious densities on lungs?… If so, how do i use these oil to cure it?… Thanks…

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