Summer season has arrived and yet… I managed to catch a cold. Stuffy nose, sore throat, coughing, very annoying in the middle of summer and holidays!  No more going to the pool or the beach for the entire day, staying out on the terrace in shorts and a t-shirt at night…. But then I decided to try out oregano essential oil. Two drops on a sugar cube, a couple of times a day and yes my cold is GONE! Careful though, the taste of the oregano essential oil is quite strong, therefore it is recommended to dilute it in a spoon full of vegetal oil, in honey or in gastro resistent capsules.

origano plants in a nice garden for essential oil

Oregano essential oil is a natural and very very efficient remedy that has been used for centuries. But it has many more uses and benefits:

Botanic Name:

Origanum vulgare from theLabiatae (Labiaceae) family

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Origin:

A common garden herb, the oregano grows naturally around dry climate, especially around the Mediterranean coasts. Oregano is an ancient medical herb that has been used for centuries for its many positive properties

Plant Material:

The dark green oval leaves and the dried flowering tops are used to make the essential oil

Processed:

By steam distillation.

.Oregano essential oil

Organoleptic Properties:

Aspect: liquid, medium to watery viscosity

Color: pale yellow

Smell: spicy, camphor like smell

Composition:

Carvacrol- Causes damages to the cell membrane of bacteria

Thymol- Strong antimicrobial attributes, reduces the resistance of bacteria to common drugs, antioxidant proprieties

p-cymene- aromatic organic compound

cis-ocimene

caryophyllene- Some studies point towards the possible anti-inflammatory effects of this component 

linalool- used as a chemical intermediate

Synergy with oregano essential oil:

Oregano essential oil Synergy:

blends well with: Basil, Geranium, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Rosemary, and Thyme Oil

Properties:

Physical:

Expectorant

Anti-inflammatory

Reduces irritation

Anti-bacterial

Anti-fungal

Anti-viral

Anti-parasitic

Antioxidant

Beneficial for regulating menstruation and delaying the onset of menopause

Anti-allergenic

Beneficial for the digestive system  

Use Direction:

Cold, respiratory problems: (8 drops, 4 times a day on the thorax and back)

EO Origanum compactum (Origan compact) : 1 ml

EO Cinnamomum Camphora (Ravintsare) : 1 ml

EO Eucalyptus Radiata (Eucalyptus radié) : 4 ml

Vegetal oil (macadamia)  : 20 ml