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Benefits and Uses of Oil of Oregano

August 15, 2019

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine and founder of Today I want to share with you the many benefits of
oregano oil and the many uses of oil of oregano. Oregano oil has been used for over 2,500 years
and has 4 really unique specific benefits. Number one, it’s anti-fungal. Number two,
it’s antibacterial. Number three, it’s an anti-parasite and antiviral, and number four,
it’s an antioxidant. So let me talk about, specifically, how you
can use these in fighting infections and naturally healing your body. The number one way oil
of oregano is used today is to treat funguses and candida. For a lot of us, it’s very easy
to develop things like candida in your body. If you ever have too much, like a white coat
on your tongue, or if you commonly are getting different types of infections, it could be
caused by candida. Oil of oregano has been proven in medical studies to kill off candidiasis,
that bacteria or fungus, that can grow within your system. It also works as an anti-fungal. Quick side note, my mom, after going through
chemotherapy years and years ago, came down with a toenail fungus and had chronic yeast
issues. For 10 years she had a toenail fungus, and we started using oil of oregano on her
toenail fungus every day. After two months, it was completely gone. She had used different
creams. She had used different medications. Nothing had worked until she used oil of oregano.
So again, for a toenail fungus or for a candida cleanse, you can put this on topically. I don’t recommend taking this internally more
than 10 days in a row, but you can do oil of oregano, 4 drops, 4 times daily internally,
but only for 10 days and not longer, because it is a natural form of medicine. The second thing you can use oil of oregano
for is to kill off bacteria. If you ever come down with a common cold or flu, this acts
very, very quickly at killing off bad bacteria and viruses within your system. In fact, there
was a groundbreaking study on oil of oregano recently that it actually kills off E. coli,
one of those bad forms of bacteria that can actually even cause food poisoning and cause
you to get sick. So again, oil of oregano, it’s great to take for kicking a cold fast. Number three, a parasite cleanse. Many people,
especially when you travel overseas, you can come down with a parasite. Oil of oregano
is an anti-parasitic as well, so it kills off parasites. Number four way to use and benefit from using
oregano oil is its powerful antioxidant properties. In fact, it’s one of the top 10 antioxidant
herbs out there today, and so if you want to age slower, live longer, oregano is great.
Again, I don’t recommend using this internally unless you’re sick or doing a temporary cleanse
for 10 days, but you can diffuse it around your home. You can make it as part of a personal
care product. In fact, you can make homemade mouthwash with oregano oil, and it helps clean
your teeth and helps fight gingivitis and bad breath. So again, there are many benefits
and uses here of oregano oil. Make sure when you’re buying oregano oil that
you buy from a very high quality brand. Again, oil of oregano is beneficial because it’s
anti-fungal, it’s antiviral, it’s anti-parasitic. Also, it is a powerful and potent antioxidant. Last thing here I want to mention about it,
another recent medical study was published showing that it also can shrink tumors, and
it may be an effective natural treatment against different types of cancer. So guys, this has been Dr. Axe recommending
you add oregano oil or make it part of your healthy natural medicine cabinet. If you want to learn more about essential
oils, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube page. I’m always putting out new videos on
the many benefits of herbs, vitamins, minerals, superfoods and essential oils.


  • Reply Misty Hall July 3, 2018 at 12:18 am

    I bought a bottle the size of my little pinky in the health food store for $25 it is very strong. I take 3-4 drops in a little water, it's good for chest congestions and to stop a cold before it starts.

  • Reply Joan Sierra July 11, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Awesome!!! You are great!

  • Reply Natasha Bush Hooper July 11, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Is it good for gum disease. My gum is swollen and have been for quite some time. I have not been to the Dentist as I have no insurance so can I use it for that? Please Help!!

  • Reply MFQ Yahoo July 26, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Are you a certified medical doctor?

  • Reply Mar 76 July 27, 2018 at 1:42 am

    doea this help with hpv flat warts? plsplsplsplsplsss answer

  • Reply Joel santos July 29, 2018 at 6:08 pm


  • Reply coolfire1952s July 31, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Everyone tells you how wonderful it is but no one is telling us how to use it? Do you drink it, rub it on, gargle with it, what? Do you dilute it or use it straight? How to use it would be most helpful!

  • Reply Chris koontz August 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    How’s the capsules ? Do they work as good

  • Reply Long Live Dimebag Darrell August 13, 2018 at 7:43 am

    yo carefull drinking that stuff , it will burn your lips. not seriously but it is painfull for a few minutes.. ask me how i know

  • Reply NoSinanzinkosi Nkala August 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    where can I get it in Botswana.

  • Reply cuda40 * August 19, 2018 at 10:15 am

    So how would you use it for cancer??

  • Reply Meagan Renee August 21, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Just got me some of this oil. Now I'm about to do a colon cleanse with physilium husk!!! Thanks for the info on it. I love finding out what else I can use this oil for!

  • Reply erwin021777 August 30, 2018 at 7:26 am

    No explanation how to use..

  • Reply Dar Candelaria September 3, 2018 at 8:12 am

    What about for Croup cough?

  • Reply C Cox September 6, 2018 at 1:52 am

    I put several drops under my tongue and let it sit there for a minute or 2. Then I take a mouthful of water, swish it around and swallow followed by more water.

  • Reply Rebel Channel Without a Cause September 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    I went to the Bahamas and ate their traditional raw Conch salad. I always avoid raw fish like sushi, but I thought, "Well, when in Rome…" So I ate the raw conch and low and behold got a parasitic infection. (And BTW all you sushi lovers out there have parasites too!) As they multiplied I could feel them crawling under my skin. It felt like I had tiny ants crawling under my skin all over my body. I started taking Black Walnut Wormwood complex liquid form with 2 drops of oregano oil twice a day. From the first dose I felt those fuckers start dying off. The movement under my skin became less and less with each dose. (You also have to eliminate all sugar from your diet as sugar feeds the parasites!) I do this for 2 weeks on two weeks off to catch the eggs that hatch. You have to keep doing this for up to 3 months or the eggs hatch and they come back full force. But it definitely works!!

  • Reply Paul Anthony Donahue September 12, 2018 at 1:08 am

    Make sure to lick your finger before applying… Very important!

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  • Reply creativemetalworker October 2, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    I have had good luck with Oregano on Herpes outbreaks, burns,mouth infections,etc., have used it for years.

  • Reply Igor Juric October 8, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    I took Zane Hellas 86% oregano capsules twice. Each time, it resulted in crazy diarrhea (3x in 30 minutes). Other than that I had mild sweating and sensation of heat, which I believe is normal. My stool was absolutely normal afterwards. Could this be allergic reaction or would it manifest in a different way? Was it just doing some super cleansing?

  • Reply Peter T October 9, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Dr. Axe, could you explain what you mean by not using oregano oil for more than 10 days in a row? What could result from using it more than that? How long is safe if we take a dosage every other day? Does it apply only internally or also externally? Thanks for the help.

  • Reply Mariza Ramos October 9, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    Do you know if is good to Psoriase?

  • Reply LEJA ARNOLD October 11, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Can kids take some?

  • Reply shelby rose October 13, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Can someone tell me if there is a difference between Oil of Oregano and Oregano Essential Oil (like Doterra, for example) ?? Thanks

  • Reply Kenzie Ruhl October 18, 2018 at 10:14 pm


  • Reply xz8 xz8 October 19, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    You are the best!

  • Reply Gloria Marquez October 23, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    I have a big oregano plant. Can I make my own oregano oil with it or better to go buy the oil??

  • Reply King David October 24, 2018 at 1:49 am

    If i have the plant can i just blend the leaves in water and drink?

  • Reply Santiago October 24, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Hello Dr. Axe, How do I use it for a common cold/flu? Thank you

  • Reply Jose Gomez October 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Hello I bought a Gurunanda Mediterranean oregano oil. I heard of its antibacterial properties and am trying to use it orally/ internally. What is the best way to take it ? It's not diluted and was wondering if I could just add some to a tea or water and drink or should I definitely dilute it ? Please any help would be appreciated

  • Reply Nadia Cardinale October 27, 2018 at 8:18 am

    how do we tske it with water smoothie or ??? thx

  • Reply arianna teh October 29, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    How to cure burns from oregano ? I used my mom's oregano poring it on my face it burns like crazy 😲😭😭

  • Reply Kathie f October 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Will this get rid of group b strep in the bladder? I have a reoccurring infections and need something desperately to get rid of it

  • Reply Cynii L October 30, 2018 at 4:08 am

    if it's 80% carvacrol, do i still have to dilute it with a carrier oil? or is it ok to put it directly sublingually and then chase and swallow with water?? My roommate is sick and I am starting to feel a cold coming on too … -_-

  • Reply Cn L October 31, 2018 at 12:30 am

    Can toddlers take this for sickness ?

  • Reply ozzy oz' November 1, 2018 at 12:54 am

    Dr will this oil get rid of herpes? I've been seeing this on YouTube? If so, do you drink it?

  • Reply Melody Sandy November 4, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    How do I make the oregano mouthwash for gingivitis ?

  • Reply Cc117 cc117 November 5, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    How do you know if your getting a good source I've seen the same amount of pills and same amount of milligrams for 3.99 a bottle and up to 11.99

  • Reply Melissa Hall November 7, 2018 at 12:27 am

    Thank you!!! Going to try for sinus issues.

  • Reply wasser30 November 11, 2018 at 2:52 am

    It burns my 👅

  • Reply THE NO FILTER GUY!!!!! November 15, 2018 at 1:15 am

    Oregano oil is the oil the doctors and big pharma hate the most.. That's BECAUSE they know that oregano oil is an antiviral god medicine that cures multiple Diseases….. thanks to all the people from South and central America and Asia..for providing us with this medicine of God's .. if it was up to the usa they Will get rid off oregano oil in a minute trust me
    .but they can't there is too much of it around the world..

  • Reply Ace. in finesse November 15, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    I just bought a bottle to get ride of my nail fungus… gonna do the 10 day cleanse as well. Thank you Dr Axe

  • Reply Jeremy Hempy November 21, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Love u doc. funny when u say "killing many people" by accident at 2.30min heheh.

  • Reply Rob Davidson November 28, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Oragano is one supplement i can vouch for helps

  • Reply Sara N December 3, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    where can I buy good quality oil of oregano? from the Uk btw

  • Reply Yasir shaikh December 5, 2018 at 9:47 am

    can i make it at home?

  • Reply R a m December 6, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks Dr. Axe….. great info on Oregano……. appreciate your time.  (Nice guns btw).

  • Reply Jerome Jackson December 6, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    What is a good brand to use that you would use yourself

  • Reply Oseghale promise Precious December 11, 2018 at 6:24 am

    Can oregano oil cure genetic herpesvirus

  • Reply STR3AK December 14, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I put 2 drops in each eye before I go to sleep every night. I’ve been doing this for a whole year now, today I can tell you that the pain and burning it causes remains unbearable and I have yet to notice any health benefits from it.

  • Reply Frank Schulz December 16, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Plantar wart under foot died after one week. I put one drop oregano oil with one drop olive oil onto wart.

  • Reply Trueblue 2053 January 2, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    I just learned about this product … Also Dr. Sebi cured hiv back in 1984 and the way how he cured it was to stop eating foods that contributes to making mucus along with remedies….

  • Reply Peggy Hall January 4, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks once opened what is the shelf life of oregano oil?

  • Reply Pietra Trovitz January 8, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    The flu its not a bacteria, its viral. Are you sure, you are a Doctor?
    The flu is a viral infection caused by the influenza virus, a respiratory virus. The common cold is also a viral infection caused by the adenovirus or coronavirus and there are many, many subsets with a lot of variability. … Colds tend to produce runny nose, congestion, sore throat.

  • Reply Jaime Enhinyero January 13, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Does Oregano oil can cure herpes?

  • Reply Endlessblueskies January 18, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I believe oregano is high in salicylates, but I might be wrong. Does anyone know if Oregano oil is high in oxalates and/or salicylates (with a website link if possible)?

  • Reply Ruth Salinas January 20, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Can you please clarify when it's ok to take it internally?

  • Reply sin car January 23, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    kill good bacteria too am askin

  • Reply m RAM January 24, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Used it with coconut oil for oil pulling. Cleared my sinuses – stopped snoring. Cold is gone. I can breath and my tooth abscess is gone. In one week of protocol. Used 3 drops with coconut oil and pull nightly for 15 minutes. Also applied with coconut oil to bottom of feet and nails on feet and slept with socks on. Kills toe nail fungus and gives great toe nails. Awesome stuff.

  • Reply Rome thetruth February 5, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Its best to use while on a fast

  • Reply JON Cunningham February 8, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I have this plant Raw in my back yard. I just chew the leaves and enjoy.
    JESUS loves it when we are in perfect health using his Herbal garden. Put the Herbs that JESUS gave us to use and put JEsus back into your life. JESUS loves it when we are in perfect health using his own Herbal garden. Great for bone health! The blessings of JEsus are so abundant everywhere for us to make use of. Oh Bless His great Name people! – IMO

  • Reply Ash's Treasure Homesteading and Gardening February 21, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Hello, which grade of Oregano Oil is best for taking internally. Thank you.

  • Reply cjbrown824 February 25, 2019 at 2:42 am

    It’s used in chickens that are not given antibiotics

  • Reply Rebecca Vocal Athlete February 25, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Yes just got some. Can't wait

  • Reply Autumn Spring February 27, 2019 at 10:00 am

    How to use it? Can you make a how to video?

  • Reply Sunny Dee Tee February 28, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Tea tree oil would work better topically. I would use oregano oil internally instead.

  • Reply Rachel Pineau March 2, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Dr. Axe, you stated that your Mom used it for 2 months to get rid of her toe fungus and yet you also say not to take the oregano oil for more than 10 days at a time…can you clarify please?

  • Reply Lorry Buehler March 9, 2019 at 4:38 am

    Thank You 🌿🙏🏼❤️📖📖🙏🏼🍃🕊🌱🌳🤗

  • Reply Lisa Majcher March 12, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    what is and is Dequadin a 'Dequalinium Chloride oral for teeth in cases of: anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal oral mouth paint, was hard to find but really, it saved my life when going to live temporary motel stay for 2 months awaiting for another rental needing some immediate work prior move in. I had a friend I got so very angry thinking where is my orajel/or liquid strength, best mistake ever to lead to this great took my swelling and throbbing pain. I am a dentists nightmare after being bulimic and ruining my teeth so this was honest painn, relief and worked, afterthoughts?

  • Reply April Villa March 15, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I thought it was used for hair loss

  • Reply Maggie Lugo March 17, 2019 at 3:10 am

    What brand do you recommend

  • Reply Fifi Tes March 19, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Thank my. Mom has some i was worried want it was so i look it up on YouTube fand you you halp me so thank you

  • Reply Grizza Leng April 3, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Value is how to use it properly…

  • Reply Fah-inca Sanon April 4, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Can I mixed oregano oil with thyme tea???

  • Reply Gods daughter777 April 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    I have serious mold poisening right now. I started having chest pains, irregular heartbeat, and feelings like congestive heart failure, with feet and legs.

  • Reply 1Tico April 17, 2019 at 2:50 am

    Should 3 to 4 drops in mouth with no carrier be fine or should I use olive oil(carrier) or water and how much? Thank you

  • Reply Anthony Macneil April 18, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Been taking it since year and half daily by high potent capsules one a day and will continue daily

  • Reply Alona Crown April 22, 2019 at 1:45 am

    Hello can i ask how to use this? Because i feel i have candida problem.. any one here how to use oregno oil thanks a lot?

  • Reply G mailer April 22, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Oil of Oregano is oregano essential oil diluted with olive oil. I bought pure oregano essential oil and am trying to figure out how to dilute it to use internally.

  • Reply Olwethu Duze April 30, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Can you use Oregano Oil capsules whilst breastfeeding?

  • Reply K F May 2, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    It also repels & even kills crawling pests: roaches, ants, spiders, mice. I even found a dead scorpion in my laundry room & thats all I'd used.

  • Reply Kate Armstrong May 3, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Always mix with coconut or olive oil..

  • Reply Seeker May 5, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Americans have rightfully rectified some British pronunciation anomalies, but this is first time I have come across an American pronunciation that borders on idiocy. The Brutish British are right. OREGANO should be pronounced as ORI GA NO, not OR EGNO.

  • Reply Agron Avdyli May 8, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    does anybody know the ratio how to mix with other oil because my bottle says 100% pure oregano

  • Reply Elies Lie May 9, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Can oil of oregano use topicaly for skin allergy?

  • Reply Valerie Escabi May 10, 2019 at 8:11 pm


  • Reply Robert Campbell May 12, 2019 at 4:03 am

    I used Oil of Oregano to break the biofilms that protected the Lyme borrellia in my body so that the alcohol based Tincture of Stevia could kill the Lyme Disease I had last Fall. Once the biofilms were gone, the tincture of Stevia worked completely in two months. I still take two capsules of Oil of Oregano twice a week in addition to the Stevia tincture every other day.

  • Reply Rivers_of_Blood Marshal May 19, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Why cant you take Oil of Oregano more than 10 days ? Why?

  • Reply Laura Alexe May 28, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Can be used in pregnancy?

  • Reply j w May 28, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Can you only take the oregano oil caps for 10 days as well? Need to clear up some GI problems causing incontenance.

  • Reply Huey Freeman May 30, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Can this help nerve infection

  • Reply Pudding June 23, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    I hear Oregano oil can cure hsv1&hsv2.

  • Reply Leeann Heather June 28, 2019 at 6:09 am

    Dr.Axe, what did you think about taking oregano oil with carvanol?

  • Reply Eric Shields June 28, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I had a sore throat and had my wife use a dropper to put a few drops on the back of my throat…. I will never do that again, the burn and smell/taste was HORRIBLE! Almost threw up, wish I would have knew about diluting before lol

  • Reply Nico Kayser July 6, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Which time of day would you say is the best time to drink oregano oil? Can you drink it on an empty stomach? First thing in the morning? Before meals?

  • Reply Rosalia Wijaya July 9, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Vegetarian better than best

  • Reply Vella Minter July 12, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Be careful of the herxheimer reaction

  • Reply Be creative with Naomi July 17, 2019 at 5:50 am

    Please Can you make a video about verruca natural cure

  • Reply M Beckford July 17, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    How about for hair/scalp?

  • Reply Bryn Y July 30, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I had weight dropped from 70 kg to 48,nothing helped..I took this my weight now upto 62👌

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