It is said that Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, created oregano as a symbol of happiness. Ancient Greeks would crown newly married couples with garlands of oregano as a blessing of happiness upon their marriage. The ancient Greeks were also the first to realize the amazing healing properties of oregano. It’s name comes from the Greek words “oros” and “ganos,” which are words for mountain and joy,– oregano literally means “joy of the mountain.” Oregano oil is a highly prized antiseptic and antibiotic essential oil that has many, and varied uses. Some include –
– Respiratory: Using the steam method to relieve coughs and other respiratory illnesses. Put a few drops in a bowl of steaming water and inhale until the steam subsides.
– Insects repellent: The ‘carvacrol’ in oregano oil works as a natural insect repellant. Try putting a few drops on outdoor furniture, or apply a diluted mixture on your skin when heading outdoors.
Relieves bug bites and rashes. Apply oregano oil diluted with olive oil on the affected areas.
– Cold sores, dandruff, and other skin conditions. Dilute first in a carrier oil (jojoba, coconut, olive, macadamia) and apply.This herbal oil is a powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off infections. Oregano oil also has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.
– Foot or nail fungus: put a few drops of oregano oil in a basin of water and soak your feet in it for 15-20 minutes. You can also mix a drop with a teaspoon of olive or coconut oil and then apply it directly to your nails or skin.
– Sinus infections and colds. Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water, and then inhale the steam. (Cover your head with a towel.)