Is oregano oil good when you are sick?

Every cold and flu season, it seems there are new recommended remedies and at-home treatments. Your grandmother may swear by the techniques she used when raising her children, or your younger cousin may think they have found the best method on their Tik Tok feed. If you feel a cold coming on, or if you want to be prepared for one, it’s best to check out the remedies ahead of time. Who wants to scour the internet for research with a pounding headache and a stuffy nose?

A recent contender for a cold and flu remedy is: oregano oil.

Read on to learn if oregano oil should be the newest addition to your medicine cabinet.


What is oregano oil?

When people talk about using oregano oil for a col, you may be wondering what exactly they mean. What people are typically referring to is actually oil of oregano, which can be a bit different from oregano oil. Oil of oregano (1) is an herbal supplement, while oregano essential oil (which is also commonly called oregano oil) is an extra concentrated version of oil of oregano. While oregano essential oil should only be used for aromatherapy, there are more uses you can consider for oil of oregano.


How do I use oil of oregano?

There are quite a few ways that you can use oil of oregano, especially around cold and flu season.

  1. Take an oil of oregano supplement
  2. Dilute a few drops of the oil in some juice or water
  3. Gargle the oil mixed with water
  4. Put a few drops of oil on the bottoms of your feet, then put on socks

If you want to use oregano essential oil:

  • Add a few drops to a diffuser 


What health benefits does oil or oregano provide?

There are many health benefits associated with using oil of oregano, which is why it has become such a crowd favorite. For one, oil of oregano is said to help soothe a sore throat. So, gargling this oil, or drinking it diluted in a beverage, can help ease your discomfort.

You can even add oil of oregano to your hand soap. A study found that adding a drop of oil of oregano to your soap makes it as effective as an antimicrobial soap. As an added benefit, adding this oil will eliminate the need for store-bought antibacterial soaps, which often have harmful chemicals (2).

If you put some oregano essential oil in a diffuser, it can help clear out your sinuses. When you feel congested, clogged sinuses can become headaches, or even migraines. By clearing out your sinuses, your head pain will be alleviated. 

Not only is oregano oil beneficial for treating a present cold, but it can also help prevent oncoming colds. So, you can add an oil of oregano supplement to your daily routine to ensure you are protected. Oregano has been able to kill cold and flu bacteria in lab research, yet it’s less clear how effective it is for general use.

The bottomline is that oregano oil is able to help ease symptoms of the common cold and flu, so it’s definitely worth adding to your medicine cabinet (3).

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