Oregano Essential Oil vs. Oil of Oregano Supplement

Oregano essential oil vs. oil of oregano supplement
May 1, 2017 5 Comments

What is the difference between oregano essential oil and oil of oregano (herbal supplement)? Dilution and potency.

Oregano essential oil has gone through a steam distillation process and is a full concentrate of that procedure.  Oregano contains a phenol called carvacrol with which the potency varies between essential oil and the herbal supplement of Oil of Oregano (many supplement companies use a standardized dilution). Oil of Oregano supplement is emulsified in a fat carrier such as safflower or olive oil, usually an extract, that is either distributed in a soft gel or liquid form. It is not a full concentrate, as it could burn membrane linings, tissues, muscles and organs if taken internally undiluted.

Oregano Health Benefits

Oregano has many health benefits, regardless of which form you use. Both oregano essential oil and oil of oregano offer powerful antifungal, antibacterial, immune-supporting, anti-inflammatory and anti-parasitic properties (parasites, lice, fleas, ticks, ringworm). They can strengthen intestinal integrity and help modulate gut bacteria (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27314026). They also help heat up cold conditions such as a dry cough, stiff or sore muscle and lymphatic stagnation.

Mentally it can help combat confusion, mental fatigue, and self-doubt. Emotionally it helps people who have been abused, in a toxic relationship and overcoming rejection.

Oregano is common in many food dishes as it lends an herby-spice flare.  It was customary for Greeks and Romans to crown young newlyweds with oregano, as a symbol of joyous love. Pliny used to help with spider bites.

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  • Allan says:

    I use oregano oil every day if I can and it works very well at prevention of illness. Also stops a virus in its tracks if you forget to take a few drops during the cold and flu season and do not get sick. I think everyone should have this oil in their home. Since the day I read about oregano oil, I always keep a bottle at home. Oregano Oil has become our family doctor.

    • Doug Benbow says:

      You should be aware that Oil of Oregano contains Thymol that can have toxic effects with long term use. For acute conditions it is very beneficial but is not recommended for oral use beyond 2 weeks. Doug Benbow CCN

  • Daniela - Oregano Essential says:

    Believe me oregano oil is what I will never lack in my house. We use oregano oil daily, right down to even our laundry and it is quite amazing what oregano has done for me and my family. I first used oregano oil a few years after I was diagnosed of Hepatitis C type II in a rare form. This is after I have tried so many type of medical treatments but failed. With the medical treatments the side effects were terrible to bare. I followed the popular Hep C program advertised regularly on TV. There was not a single thing I didn’t do but still nothing seemed to help. I was always at the hospital for new trials and treatments until a nurse referred me to oregano. I said to my self why not give it a try I decided to buy the Gel capsules and was told to place under the tongue 3 to 4 four times daily and I was shocked when it put the Hep C in remission. Multiple tests were conducted and several examinations and there was not a trace of Hep C virus. Since then I have been free and never been diagnosed of Hepatitis of any form.

    I use oregano on a daily basis and we use it for almost everything. I have introduced oregano to many others and have received calls and endless thank you messages. There are many out there who still don’t have a clue and are in pain from different illnesses. And I will say, give oregano a try as I was told to, and you won’t believe the wonders it will work for you. Since then I have been reading about oregano and sharing the word and the goodness of oregano to any I come across.

    Not all essential oils are made equally. This is so very true when it comes to oregano essential oil. With over 40 species of oregano a poorer quality of oregano can be harvested and used in essential oils. You want and need to be sure you are getting the best quality essential oil to ensure optimal health benefits when you use it. Be sure you purchase wild oregano or Origanum Vulgare harvested from the Mediterranean. This is the purest form. Thymus capitatus harvested from Spain is also pure form. Look for a bottle with 80% carvacrol content as this is the main ingredient in oregano. Look for organic products to ensure its purity and reducing the risk of unwanted chemicals. Never use oregano oil without diluting it with a carrier oil and consult a doctor before you use oregano oil.

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