Here's info if anyone is interested. I didn't know it had any benefits for carpal tunnel. Another plus for me.
I would add this to OP but can't edit.
Oregano oil health benefits are still a somewhat new discovery.
Researchers are still finding powerful uses for this simple herb.
According to Modern Essentials, the properties within a quality brand of oregano essential oil include:
- Antiseptic to the respiratory system
- Immune stimulant
Simply eating dried or fresh oregano is good for you, but it's nothing
compared to the potency of the essential oils of oregano. All the best
properties packed into one tiny drop.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
The information provided here on the properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands.
Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms
such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is
not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may actually make you sick.
In fact, only about 50% of it needs to be actual essential oils to be
A LOT goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Grown in their indigenous region around the world
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of each and every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils
Learn how to find safe, effective essential oils here.
How to Use Oil of Oregano
To answer your first question: Yes, you will smell like Italian food! And it will likely make you hungry for pizza or pasta.
Traditionally, oregano oil health benefits are gained using these
application guidelines. Use these suggestions unless otherwise noted or
click the banner for more inspiration:
Aromatically - Can be diffused or inhaled directly.
Topically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with 1 drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier and increase the EO as needed.
- NOT RECOMMENDED FOR MOST BRANDS. High quality brands may be
"generally recognized as safe" by the FDA (21CFR182.20) to be used in
cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary
supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic,
non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater
dilution for older children).
DILUTE - It's very important that you dilute this oil at least
1:3 (1 drop EO to 3 drops carrier oil), and more depending on your
skin, as it can cause irritation to the skin when applied directly.
Click this link or the banner above for more application guidance.
Precautions: This is a HOT oil - always dilute! Always
test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use. Do not use for
children under 6 and dilute in greater amounts for children over 6 or
for anyone with sensitive skin. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.
None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated
or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or
medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat,
cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat
disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.
Suggested and Possible Uses of Oil of Oregano
The following are uses described in a book I highly recommend, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils,
as well as from personal experience and other resources. Use them to
inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.
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.
Take this internally in a capsule, add to food, or massage over the area of concern.
Dab the diluted mixture onto the sore 1-3x 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).
For the most oregano oil health benefits, apply a 1:3 ratio of oregano
to coconut oil to the soles and reflex points of the feet for fast
absorption into the bloog stream.
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
Gently massage into the inflamed area, always massaging toward the heart.
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.
Massage into the soles of the feet and over the chest to increase immune response and fight the infection. (Read more about oregano and MRSA here.)
Dilute within coconut oil and massage into the muscles, moving toward the heart.
Drop 2 drops of oregano oil in a pan of steaming water. Place a towel
over your head and inhale the steam for as long as possible. Also
beneficial to apply over the reflex points of the feet. You can reheat
this water on the stove generally once more before it's suggested to
Take internally (in capsules or food), massage into the soles of the feet, or apply over the area of concern.
Diffuse throughout the home to fight infection and apply daily to the soles of the feet.
Oregano oil health benefits include this difficult to treat illness.
Diffuse through the room, inhale from a bowl of steaming water and work
into the soles of the feet.
Massage a 1:3 ratio of oregano oil to coconut oil directly over the site. I also recommend adding lavender and melaleuca. Do this 3x a day and continue several days after it disappears.
Work into the soles of the feet for fast absorption into the blood
stream. Also, take internally in capsules or within food as directed in
the uses above.
Take internally with food or in capsules, massage into the feet. Or using a vaginal syringe, use internally.
Use a hot compress, add oregano to your bath water, or massage into the reflex points of the feet.
Warming to the Body
Warming is one of the little known uses of oil of oregano. Massage into the hands and feet and around the neck.
Apply a 1:3 ratio (oregano:coconut oil) directly to the wart. Consider adding melaleuca, as well.
Massage over chest and into the pads of the feet. Also consider diffusing through the air.
Other reported uses of oil of oregano include: Asthma, bronchitis and
other respiratory problems; mental disease; tuberculosis; rheumatism;
digestive issues; colds and flus; metabolism; and increasing a sense of
safety and security.
But remember you will only see the most oregano oil health benefits when you're using high quality, high purity essential oils.