Lavender Essential Oil may win the award for the most pleasant aroma, but the powerful cleansing benefits of Oregano Essential Oil just can’t be beat. In fact, it may be one of the most potent plant oils around. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the least understood.
Oregano Essential Oil goes above and beyond. It puts germs to the test, making it especially valuable to have on hand during the winter months when our defenses tend to be down. Oregano is high in antioxidants and, when used topically and aromatically, it may help safeguard you during the winter season. It is also an essential when accomplishing household cleansing tasks.
Oregano Essential Oil is considered a “hot” oil, similar to cinnamon, and can cause irritation when applied topically, so it’s important to dilute it with a carrier oil, such as jojoba. If the aroma of Oregano Essential Oil is too strong for you, we recommend mixing it with lemon essential oil.
Ways to use oregano oil:
- Soften your feet by soaking them in a basin of water infused with a few teaspoons of oregano oil.
- Use it as a natural cleanser for countertops, toys, and office supplies. Simply add a couple drops to a clean cloth.
- Cleanse your hands. Combine a few drops with coconut oil on your hands and rub them together.
- Create a softening lotion by combining it with an energizing and cleansing oil, like lemon.
- Mix a few drops in a carrier oil and rub over your skin to repel insects. You can also mix it with water in a spray bottle to create your own insect spray. Be sure to shake it up before using since the oil will separate a bit in the water.
- Add a few drops to your load of laundry to kill bacteria and also to leave your clothes smelling nice and fresh.
What’s even better about Oregano Essential Oil, and all the Genesis PURE™ essential oils, is that they are all 100% PURE Certified Organic by the Certified California Organic Farmers (CCOF). We use the CCOF because they were instrumental in advocating for federal organic legislation and making “certified organic” a federally regulated claim.5 All farms operate in accordance with USDA organic standards including:
- No use of prohibited fertilizers and pesticides for at least three years
- Plants cannot be genetically modified organisms
- No human waste may be used for fertilization
- Buffers must be in place to prevent contamination from nearby farms
Oregano is also Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA.2 This identifies any substance that is intentionally added to food as a food additive that is subject to market review and approval by the FDA (Unless the substance is recognized among experts as shown safe under conditions of its intended use). The substance must be shown to be safe under conditions of its intended use.
There are countless benefits of oregano essential oil being discovered daily so we recommend doing your own research before implementing oregano into your routine!
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- Ragi J, Pappert A, Rao B, Havkin-Frenkel D, and Milgraum S. Oregano Extract Ointment for Wound Healing: A randomized, double-blind, petrolatum-controlled study evaluating efficacy. J Drugs Dermatol 10, 1168–1172 (2011).
5. California Certified Organic Farmers. Our History. Who Is CCOF? Available at http://www.ccof.org/ccof/history (2013).