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Oregano Health & Nutritional Benefits

Oregano is a popular herb which is used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and helps in preventing many diseases and ailments. Oregano health benefits include the following:

It has powerful antibacterial and antiviral properties which help to fight germs that lead to skin infections

  • Oregano is anti-parisitic in nature and this helps in alleviating digestive problems
  • It helps to boost immunity
  • It aids in treating respiratory problems
  • Oregano benefits also include improved joint and muscle flexibility
  • The oil of oregano helps in relieving skin infections and irritation of the gums
  • Due to its compounds thymol and carvacrol, oregano helps to ease indigestion
  • Due to its antioxidant properties, oregano helps in preventing various forms of cancer
  • Oregano is rich in fiber and this helps to promote better bowel movements
  • It helps to regulate the menstrual flow
  • Infusion of oregano alleviates muscle cramps, colic and spasms of the abdominal muscles
  • Dried oregano leaves help to reduce arthritis pain and swelling.

Nutrition Facts About Oregano

There are several nutrients in oregano.

Oregano nutritional facts: Serving size, one teaspoon or 1.8 grams ground oregano

  • Calories – 6
  • Fat – 0.18 g
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg
  • Sodium – 0 mg
  • Carbohydrates – 1.16 g
  • Dietary fiber – 0.8 g
  • Sugar – 0.07 g
  • Protein – 0.2 g

Respiratory Problems:

Many people use oregano for respiratory problems caused by viruses and bacteria. Oil of oregano may be used to treat sinusitis. Add three drops of oil of oregano to a glass of juice and drink daily.


You can even use oregano for skin problems such as infections, irritation and itching.

It is important to use oil of oregano in a diluted form when applying to the skin. You can combine it with a carrier oil such as olive or coconut oil. Use one teaspoon of the carrier oil per drop of oil of oregano.

Skin Cancer:

Some studies have indicated the benefits of oregano for skin cancer. Due to the antimutagenic and anticarcinogenic properties of the herb, it may be helpful in treating and preventing chronic diseases such as cancer.

Skin Fungus:

You can also use oil of oregano for skin fungus and other skin diseases. Combine equal parts of oil of oregano and a carrier oil and apply to the affected area twice every day. Take care when applying the oil to sensitive parts of the skin as it may lead to redness or rash. You can use the oil to cure toenail fungus as well. Apply the oil to the affected toes twice daily. Continue the treatment until the infection disappears.


Due to its strong disinfectant properties you can use oregano for acne. Using natural remedies such as these may help to avoid the side effects that are usually triggered by most prescription acne medications. However, some people may experience irritation when the oil is applied directly to the skin. You can, therefore, use it along with a carrier oil. Some experts recommend diluting the oil with water since the oil may clog the pores. To do this, add a couple of drops to a glass of water and apply to the acne using a cotton ball.


Candida albicans is a type of yeast which can infect the body and lead to various problems. Two components present in the oregano plant, thymol and carvacrol help in destroying fungi quickly. When using oregano for candida infections, ensure that you first test the oil by adding a small amount on your skin. In case there is irritation, mix the oil with some olive oil and use.


Eczema is associated with imbalances of the immune system. Oregano oil helps to improve immunity because of its antioxidant content. Eczema commonly results in a secondary bacterial infection and oregano oil can also be used to treat such infections.


There is a great deal of debate about the use of oregano for labor. Research indicates that the herb may stimulate contractions. Hence oregano and other essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy.


Studies on the use of oregano for cancer show that the compounds present in the herb may help to restrict the growth and spread of cancer cells.


Oregano may have hypoglycemic properties and thus may be beneficial for diabetic individuals. The herb may be consumed raw or taken in the form of capsules. Before using oregano for diabetes diet, make sure to talk to your doctor.

Ear Infections:

You can use oregano for ear infections since it helps to destroy viruses, fungi and bacteria. Dilute the oil with some olive oil and add a few drops to the affected ear.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is known to improve after applying oregano oil. To use oregano for gum disease, apply the oil directly to the gums. Allow it to remain for thirty seconds and then rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. You can even add oil of oregano to toothpaste or mouthwash.


You can even use oil of oregano for hair loss and dandruff. When using oil of oregano for hair growth, you can also add other nourishing oils like olive and almond oil. The herb also serves as an excellent hair detangler. Add half a cup of fresh oregano leaves to half a cup of water and simmer for about half an hour. Filter the solution and let it cool for some time. Transfer the solution to a spray bottle and use on wet hair. You can even add a few drops of grape seed extract.


Quite a few people use oregano for high blood pressure, because it is sodium-free and adds a great flavor to food. Overweight individuals may have high blood pressure levels.  A teaspoon of ground oregano contains just five calories and thus also aids in weight loss.

Digestive Problems:

Research indicates that oregano for Ibs and other problems of the digestive system may be effective. Oil of oregano stimulates the release of digestive juices and hence aids in proper digestion.

Side Effects Of Oregano

Oregano is safe to use in foods and also rarely poses a risk when used orally or topically. Some of the oregano health risks include allergic reactions, skin irritation, vomiting and stomach upset. The herb should also not be used during pregnancy as it can induce labor or lead to a miscarriage. It can even promote blood flow in the uterus and cause the uterine lining to weaken. Individuals who are allergic to other similar herbs such as basil, sage and mint may suffer allergic reactions to oregano. Oil of oregano is not known to cause any drug interactions, but it may sometimes hamper the body’s ability to absorb iron.

Tips for Eating Oregano

Here are some tips on when to eat oregano and how much to eat.

  • Health experts usually recommend taking one 500 mg capsule of oregano thrice daily with meals.
  • You can also eat fresh or dry oregano leaves.
  • Oil of oregano may be diluted in water and consumed several times during the day.
Submitted on January 16, 2014