Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano is a bushy perennial herbaceous plant with green leaves and light pink flowers.
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Herb
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: There is also Spanish Oregano and Sicilian Oregano.
- Chemistry: Oregano is high in phenols (carvacrol) and monoterpenes (p-cymene, γ-terpinene).
- Respiratory: used to treat sore throat, bronchitis, and colds, can also be used to help with ear infections
- Digestive: excellent relief for stomach upset and other digestive issues
- Immune System: helps with allergies and supports the immune system
- Skin: soothes and treats inflamed skin conditions, helps with toenail fungal infections
- Musculoskeletal: relief for joint and muscle aches, pains, and inflammation
- Pregnancy: can help with mastitis and clogged milk ducts after birth. *avoid all routes during pregnancy due to potential for embryotoxicity*
- Reproductive: regulates menstruation and helps with PMS and menopause symptoms
- Scent Profile: Mid note with an intense medicinal herbaceous aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Oregano can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Spicy, Herbaceous
- Blends well with: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Citronella, Cypress, Dill, Eucalyptus citriodora, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, May Chang, Niaouli, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary ct cineole, Scots Pine, Sweet Orange, Thyme ct thymol, Tea Tree
- Avoid all routes during pregnancy and lactation due to potential for embrotoxicity.
- Oregano is high in phenols and can be toxic to cats. Read more about Essential Oils Toxicity for Cats.
- It is a powerful skin irritant.
Products Using Oregano Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.