With a lot of stuff coming up for Raj and me and with many people getting sick around us, we both really need to take preventative measures against the cold and flu. So I introduced Raj to oil of oregano, which is a great, natural antimicrobial for warding off illnesses. This immune-supporting oil is usually made by extracting the essential oil from oregano leaves via distillation and then, diluting the extracted oil with olive oil (usually in a 1:3 ratio, respectively).
The one we use by St. Francis is one of the more potent ones out there; the essential oil from oregano leaves is diluted with olive oil in a 1:1 ratio, respectively. Thus, ours tastes very strongly of oregano with a strong, lingering aftertaste. It also gives a slight burning sensation in the mouth. For these reasons, Raj hates taking it, but I still make him. He’ll thank me later.
- Do a steam inhalation with oil of oregano to combat respiratory infections. Fill a glass bowl with steaming water and add a few drops of the oil into the water. Place your head over the bowl and cover the back of your head with a towel to trap the steam. Breathe in the oil-of-oregano-infused steam.
- Make a moisturizing hand sanitizer with oil of oregano. Add several drops of the oil to every 100 grams of coconut oil, shea butter, or your favourite natural moisturizer. Mix well and use as needed to moisturize and sanitize your hands.
- Make a mild household surface cleaner with oil of oregano. Add a full dropper of oil of oregano to two cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray onto hard surfaces for everyday cleaning.
- Use oil of oregano as a spot treatment for the skin. In addition to the oil’s antimicrobial properties, oil of oregano also has anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it great for spot treating pimples, blemishes, acne breakouts, and rosacea. You can use it directly on affected areas. However, if direct application is too strong, you can dilute it with some aloe gel.