Oregano Essential Oil: A Multi-Tasker


by Tiffany Windsor

Click to listen to Tiffany and Candace talk about this topic on recent HealingLifeWisdom podcast.

I have been a doTerra Wellness Advocate since 2014 and this is one oil that I keep telling myself that I want to dig into deeper. Today, there was a video by TheMotivationalDoc in my social media feed that really sparked my interest in this powerful essential oil.

As doTerra states, Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional practices. The primary chemical components of Oregano is carvacol, a phenol that possesses antioxidant properties when ingested.

As TheMotivationalDoc states in his video, Oregano benefits are:

  • Natural antibacterial

  • Anti-fungal

  • Anti-parasitic

  • Anti-viral

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-yeast

  • Antioxidant

  • Emenagogue

  • Aids in digestion

  • Anti-allergenic substance

  • Expectorant

We would sit under the steam tent for what seemed like a very long time while the warm mist would loosen all the crud in our nose and chests.
— Tiffany Windsor

When I was a kid, my Momma’s first go to when we had a heavy cold and bronchitis was to use the “steamer”. The official name these days would be a hot humidifier. Momma would set up the steamer next to the bed, grab a sheet and set up a tent for us to sit under to inhale the warm mist. We would sit under the steam tent for what seemed like a very long time while the warm mist would loosen all the crud in our nose and chests. Sometimes Momma would even sit under with us and that was a great treat! I never remember taking any medications as this remedy always worked.

I’m quite sure that Momma learned this technique when my sister Heidi was hospitalized for pneumonia at the age of 3. Looking back, Oregano oil would have been a great choice to add just a few drops to boost the healing qualities. Also, you can add a few drops to a room diffuser to continue the healing support that Oregano oil offers. Since Oregano oil has a high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed.

Today, I decided to jump right in and put a drop under my tongue and let me caution you, it is STRONG.
— Tiffany Windsor

One drop taken internally each day can help maintain healthy immune function so I would recommend a drop in tea or in a veggie cap as Oregano oil has that “HOT factor” (I can attest to this!). I can definitely see why you would want to dilute with a carrier oil (I love doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil) when applied to the skin.

doTerra reports that Oregano also supports healthy digestion and respiratory function when taken internally.* Oregano’s aroma acts as an enhancer and equalizer in essential oil blends.

The MotivationalDoc suggested mixing a few drops with a carrier oil and rubbing around the outside of your ears if you have an ear infection. (Don’t ever put the drops in your ears!!) Be sure to watch TheMotivationalDoc video for a long list of the benefits of Oregano essential oil!


doTerra (my doTerra link) - https://www.doterra.com/US/en/site/tiffanywindsor


• Take one drop in a veggie cap or 4 fl. oz. of liquid daily to maintain healthy immune function.*

• Add one to two drops to a veggie capsule to support healthy respiratory function.*

• Put one drop in place of dried oregano in spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or on a roast.

• Put 10 drops in a 16-ounce spray bottle with water for a surface cleaner.


Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice. Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid. Topical use: Dilute one to two drops with a carrier oil then apply to desired area. See additional precautions below.


Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas


Plant Part: Leaf

Extraction Method: Steam distillation

Aromatic Description: Herbaceous, sharp, green, camphoraceous

Main Chemical Components: Carvacrol, thymol


• Use on surface as a powerful cleansing and purifying agent

• Supports a healthy immune system, healthy digestion, and respiratory function when used internally*

• Offers powerful antioxidants when ingested*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Please note that HealingLifeWisdom does NOT provide any medical advice and all content provided is for informational purposes only; this website is in no way a substitute for medical advice from a licensed professional.

The information provided here should in no way, shape or form take the place of medical advice; always seek medical advice from a chosen professional concerning your health prior to making any changes in your diet, lifestyle, supplementation or other similar habits, and from any secondary resources or links found on this site.