Oregano Essential Oil



Oregano essential oil and the cooking herb oregano come from the leaves and flowers of the lamiaceae. The oil packs as strong a punch as the herb, in both scent and effect. It is extremely strong and must always be diluted, as it can actually burn and irritate the skin when applied directly!

Oregano is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial, so should be both a part of the diet and an aromatherapy inhalant for digestive and respiratory disorders. The oil is also used neat in Raindrop Technique massage; however, in our experience with Raindrop we find it can really burn, so we recommend diluting it first! The therapeutic effect is not diminished by simple dilution, and it feels much better on the skin too!


Oregano (Origanum compactum)

Botanical Family:
Lamiaceae or Labiatae

Extraction: Steam distilled from leaves and flowers

Properties: Anti-infectious agent for bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites; general tonic and immune stimulant; use for respiratory problems, digestive problems, and for strengthening vital centers

Uses: Apply topically, best if diluted or use undiluted on back in raindrop technique; add to food or drink or use in cooking

Fragrant Influence: Creates feeling of security

Aromatherapy blending

Mixes best with:

Basil oil

Fennel oil

Geranium oil

Lemongrass oil

Myrtle oil

Pine oil

Rosemary oil

Thyme oil


Oregano Essential Oil > > > Aromatherapy Recipes
Making your own essential oils