How to use Oregano essential oil
Oregano essential oil. Your mind might go directly to Italian food when you think of oregano. But the herb and the concentrated essential oil have a wide variety of uses and benefits. Around here, whenever we feel a cold coming on, we place one drop of our oregano oil into a cup of our Cold and Flu tea and that seems to really help with the oncoming illness.
Botanically known as Origanum vulgare, oregano is a flowering plant from the same family as mint. While you certainly won’t have enough to make your own essential oil (unless you are going to plant acres and acres of it,) oregano is also really easy to grow. We keep it in the little herb garden in the front of our little cottage temple.
Some use it in carrier oils and lotion as a anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. Others find it useful for the presence of staph on the skin and use it in soaps, body washes, and hand soap. We even tried a drop of it in coconut oil when trying oil pulling, a method where you place a teaspoon of coconut oil in the mouth and swish continuously to cleanse the teeth. It seemed to work pretty well, although oregano oil can be fairly strong and left a strong tingling on the lips.
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In aromatherapy, people choose oregano oil to breathe in for colds and respiratory relief.
The magical correspondences of oregano are: associated with the planet Mercury and the sign of Taurus; corresponds with the Hearth chakra; and is used to spell work to keep away troublesome people, for protection, and for psychic dreams and good health. Also for spiritual purification and cleansing. Check out more information on using oregano oil magically & spiritually here.