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Oregano oil: The Properties of a Natural Elixir with Many Benefits

In the heart of Greek nature, along with tradition, there is a little secret that has been preserved through the centuries: oregano oil. In this article, we will discover its properties and benefits, as well as its uses and how it is made. If you want to know everything about oregano oil, read the article to the end.


Oregano oil combines the rich aroma with beneficial properties, making every use a unique experience.”


What is oregano oil and what is the difference from oregano essential oil?

Oregano oil, a product of fine production from the infusion of oregano, embodies the aromatic richness of the plant. Through processes that preserve the therapeutic and aromatic properties, this oil is a treasure for health and well-being.

Oregano oil stands out among other oils for its unique aromatic substance and strong antimicrobial properties. It provides a comparatively stronger protection and support, making it an essential element for natural health enhancement and skin protection.

Oregano Oil VS Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano oil and oregano essential oil, despite coming from the same plant, vary in composition, extraction methods, and uses.

Extraction method:

Oregano oil: Produced by the infusion process, where oregano leaves are soaked in a base carrier oil, such as olive oil, in order to extract the flavouring ingredients.

Oregano Essential Oil: It is produced through steam distillation, a process that isolates the light essential ingredients from the plant.


Oregano oil: It has a lower concentration of essential oils because it is diluted with the carrier oil. It is milder and usually suitable for direct application to the skin.

Oregano Essential Oil: It is much more concentrated and contains the full essence of the aromatic and therapeutic components of the plant.


Oregano oil typically finds use in cosmetics and topical applications, like creams or ointments, offering a safer option for sensitive skin because of its diluted formula.

Oregano essential oil: It is used in aromatherapy, for the preparation of pharmaceutical products or for addition to various health products and cosmetics with great care in dosage.

In conclusion, oregano oil is milder and ready to use, while oregano essential oil is more concentrated and requires more careful use. Each has different uses.

But which are the properties and benefits of oregano oil?

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Oregano oil has many properties and benefits, derived from both the oregano ingredients and the carrier oil. The main properties and benefits include:

  1. Antimicrobial and antibacterial properties: Oregano contains thymol and carbacrol, ingredients that impart powerful antimicrobial properties, helping to prevent and treat infections.
  2. Anti-inflammatory Properties: It can help relieve inflammation and pain, making it ideal for treating muscle aches, arthritis problems and skin eczema.
  1. Antioxidant Properties: Oregano is rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E and other phytochemicals, which help protect the body from oxidative damage.
  2. Dermatoprotective Properties: It moisturizes and protects the skin, reducing the appearance of acne and other skin conditions thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  3. Improving Digestion: Its use in small amounts can help to improve digestion and treat digestive problems.

The proper use of oregano oil can offer significant health and wellness benefits, but always in moderation and after expert advice, especially in cases of internal consumption or application to sensitive areas.

How can I make oregano oil?

Making homemade oregano oil is a simple process that requires very few ingredients. Here are step-by-step instructions to make your own oregano oil:


  • 50g dried herb or 100g fresh
  • 500g carrier oil (e.g., olive oil, almond oil, or sunflower oil)



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Preparation of Oregano:

  • If you use fresh oregano, cut it into small pieces.
  • If you use dried oregano, make sure it is well preserved and free of moisture.

Combination with the Oil:

  • Place the oregano in a clean glass jar and pour the carrier oil over it.
  • Close the jar tightly and shake to mix the ingredients, making sure the oil covers the herb.


  • Leave the jar in a shady place with a temperature of 26oC to a maximum of 40oC for 40 days.


  • After the extraction period, filter the oil through a fine strainer, tulle or muslin to remove the plant residues.


  • Store the finished oil in a clean, dark glass bottle to protect it from light.
  • Keep it in a cool, dark place to preserve its freshness and properties.


With these simple instructions, you can make your own oregano oil at home, taking advantage of the properties of oregano.

Dosage and Contraindications

The extraction of herbs in oil is a technique that has been used since ancient times. Like today, the uses were varied back then. People used them internally, externally, and also as raw materials for ointments and creams.

Dosage and Application:

  • Local Application: You can apply the oil directly to the skin to relieve aches and pains, muscle strains, or to treat skin problems such as acne. Apply a small amount and gently massage the area.
  • Culinary Use. Use the oil in small amounts to add flavor to salads, sauces, or other dishes.

Precautions and Contraindications:

  • Always test on a small area of skin before wider use to check for possible allergic reactions.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and other sensitive areas.
  • If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have medical conditions, consult your doctor before use.


With its powerful antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, oregano oil is a valuable addition to your daily health and beauty routine. Enjoy its benefits in wellness, digestion, respiratory health, and skin protection. Discover a natural path to enhanced health and beauty with oregano oil.

Which oregano to use;

For the production of high quality oregano oil, the use of organic oregano is essential.  This guarantees the absence of chemical fertilizers and other artificial additives. For how to choose herbs you can read here.

Where can I find organic oregano for its preparation;

Organic oregano in shops selling organic products or in online shops specialized in natural and organic products. Find them in our online shop tofillo.com

Is oregano oil safe for everyday use?

You can use oregano oil (obtained by infusing oregano into natural oil) daily for topical application with careful use. It is important to take into account skin sensitivity and specific health conditions. Excessive use, especially internally, can lead to digestive or other problems.

What is the shelf life of oregano oil to maintain its properties;

You can preserve oils prepared as described above for up to 1 year if you store them in a cool and dark place.


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