Origanum vulgare

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A potent and powerful oil, Oregano has been used since ancient times in traditional practice.

Oregano Oil is derived from the Origanum vulgare - a hardy, busy perennial herb (part of the mint family) which grows up to 90cm. Origanum vulgare is native to Europe, however it is now commonly cultivated all over the world.

Oregano Oil is produced by the steam distillation of the leaves and shoots. It is a clear mobile liquid with a strong herbaceous, swett, dry, peppery odour.

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  • Studied Properties
  • Common Uses

Studied Properties

The oil contains compounds called phenols, terpenes and terpenoids, which have powerful antioxidant properties and are responsible for its fragrance.

Oregano oil is utilised for its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties which fight bacterial and fungal growths.

Main Chemical Components: Carvacrol, thymol, para-cymene, γ-terpinene

The main component is Carvacrol – typically about 71%.

Carvacrol is a natural inhibitor of bacterial growth.

Its high carvacrol content also makes it a strong insect repellant.

With its soothing properties, Oregano oil can help improve skin ailments.

When diffused the oil is helpful with respiratory ailments.

It has antibacterial and antimicrobial actions due to the components carvacrol and thymol.

Common Uses

Oregano oil is used in perfumery for its powerful refreshing note and its spicy-herbaceous effect.

With its high carvacrol content, it is a good insect repellent.

Its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties make it a great addition to skin creams for ailments such as eczema and dermatitis.

Must be diluted well if using in diffusers or inhalers due to its high phenol content.

Great in natural cleaning products due to its powerful cleansing and purifying properties.

It is very popular as a fragrance in mens products.

With its warming and soothing properties, it is useful in muscle products and treatments for rheumatism.