If you’re passionate about natural remedies and committed to a healthy lifestyle, crafting your own DIY oregano oil is a rewarding and empowering endeavor.

Oregano oil, renowned for its potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, is a versatile addition to your wellness toolkit.

By making it at home, you ensure the purity and potency of this powerful elixir, free from any unwanted additives.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your immune system, treat minor infections, or simply incorporate more natural solutions into your routine, homemade oregano oil is a testament to the beauty and efficacy of nature’s bounty.

Let’s dive into the simple yet fulfilling process of creating this herbal powerhouse right in your kitchen.

This DIY oregano oil recipe will be your go to when stocking your medicine cabinet with all natural remedies.

If you're passionate about natural remedies and committed to a healthy lifestyle, crafting your own DIY oregano oil is a rewarding and empowering endeavor.

What is oregano oil?

Oregano, formally known as Origanum vulgare, is a small plant that belongs to the mint family.

The Oregano oil is extracted from the leaves and stems of the oregano plant.

What you Need to Make Oregano Oil

To make your own oregano oil for herbal remedies, or cooking purposes, you will need a few items.

Before applying oregano oil to the affected area, do a small patch test on your skin. If there is not an allergic reaction, apply drops of oregano oil for topical use.

The oregano oil is also safe to ingest.

Just a reminder to never apply undiluted oregano oil, such as oregano essential oil, directly to the skin. Always dilute it with a carrier oil.

The recipe below will be diluted, and is safe to apply to the skin.

How to Make Homemade Oregano Oil

Naturally, you can find different ways to make DIY oregano oil This is the recipe I have followed, and recommend to try. It’s an easy way that anyone can follow.

If you are using fresh oregano, you will start by detaching the leaves from the stem. Once removed, rinse your leaves to get them as clean as possible. Dry and chop the leaves.


Steps to Make DIY Oregano Oil

Fill your jar half way with fresh or dry oregano.

Once you get it half-way filled with dry oregano, you’re going to fill the rest of your glass container with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).

When the jar is full, stir the oregano and EVOO well. Once it is mixed, you may find there is room for more oil at the top. Add more to fill the jar. Stir again.

Bring a small amount of water just to a boil in a pot. Just enough to cover the bottom an inch or so. Right before the water starts to boil, turn off the heat.

Place the sealed glass jar into the pot for ten minutes. This process allows the oil to heat up – causing the oregano to release it’s natural oils.

Remove the jar from the water, and gently shake it up.

Set the glass jar in a dark cool place for 2-4 weeks. Be sure to shake it up every couple of days. Use a dissolvable label to mark the date you made it. This will help you remember when you need to sift it.

After 2-4 weeks, strain it out using a cheese cloth. Place the cheese cloth over a bowl, then pour the oregano oil and contents over the cheese cloth. The cloth will allow the oil to sift through throughout the oregano leaves getting through.

Squeeze the cheese cloth to get every bit of oil out.

Transfer the oil into a dark glass bottle or jar with a tight sealing lid.


Oregano Oil Benefits and uses

Aside from culinary uses, did you know oregano oil is also great for medicinal use? It’s true; the powerful compounds lend itself to the multiple health benefits from oregano oil.

Out of all the natural herbs out there, I believe this one is the best one to have around at all time.

Any time you feel yourself coming down with a sickness, take a dropper full of oregano oil. I’m tellin’ ya; this is a must have in your medicine cabinet.

This oil has effective antimicrobial properties and antioxidant properties, which makes it a popular holistic healing treatment.

Oregano oil contains:

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antifungal properties
  • Antibacterial properties
  • Antiviral compounds
  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Cancer suppressing agents
  • Antidiabetic properties

1. Fights Bacterial Infections

Oregano oil contains high levels of carvacrol.

Carvocrol is the main active compound in oregano oil. This type of antioxidant, called phenol, helps fight against and eliminate certain types of bacteria.

2. Fights Fungal Infections

Thanks to the high levels of thymol found in oregano oil, it’s a potent antifungal remedy.

Common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, yeast infections, infected fingernails or toenails, and oral thrush.

3. Reduces Inflammation

Although more human studies need to be done, the carvacrol found in oregano oil has been shown to reduce inflammation.

The thymol and Rosmarinus acid in oregano oil may help to reduce inflammatory conditions such as allergic asthma and autoimmune arthritis.

You can read more the the anti-inflammatory studies, here, in the National Library of Medicine.


4. Provides Antioxidants

If you are looking for a natural remedy to reduce your risk of heart disease, I suggest starting with a DIY oregano oil recipe, such as the one found here.

Oregano oil is an excellent source of antioxidants such as thymol, ocimene, carvacrol, limonene, caryophyllene, and terpinene.

5. Regulates Menstruation

According to a study on natural herbs, oregano oil acts as an emmenagogue. This substance helps stimulate the menstrual flow.

It also helps relieve menstrual symptoms such as menstrual cramps, headaches, and flatulence. As a woman, I believe this may be my favorite use for oregano oil.

Furthermore, oregano oil has been found to delay the onset of menopause, as well as relieve menopause symptoms.

Your mood swings and hormonal imbalance could likely benefit from oregano oil.

6. Repels Insects

I’m an outdoorsy kind of gal, but I do not like the bugs. Oregano oil, when applied to the skin, acts as an insect repellent.

It’s a great way to keep the mosquitoes, fleas, bed bugs, and lice away!

7. Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels

The phenols carvacrol and thymol are thought to be the leading causes of oregano oil lowering cholesterol levels.

There are studies showing participants who’ve taken oregano oil for 3 months had lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher (HDL) cholesterol.

With those conclusions, it’s great to know natural remedies, such as the DIY oregano oil, can be great to prevent cardiovascular diseases.

8. Pain Reliever

If you experience pain, try using the oregano for relief.

There has been evidence in animal studies that oregano oil is an effective pain reliever.

Experiencing joint pain or sore muscles? Simply massage the DIY oregano oil to the affected joints or muscles as often as needed.

Other common pain symptoms are sore throats, ear aches, headaches, etc.

9. Healing Cold Sores and Canker Sores

Mouth sores, such as cold and canker sores, are painful.

Apply a drop of the DIY oregano oil directly to your sores. Be sure your hands are clean before application, or use a cotton swab.

Push past the initial burn, and hold it on the sore for almost 10 minutes. The longer it is in direct contact of your sore, the faster it will heal.

10. Boosts Immune System

The natural antifungal in oregano, known as thymol, protects against toxins and supports the immune system.

11. Helps with Respiratory Health

If you have respiratory problems from the cold or flu season, oregano oil can be used to treat your symptoms.

12. Helps Ear Aches

Ear aches are often a symptom of underlying issues, such as colds. Oregano oil has been proven to have strong antiviral properties that can help fight off those common illnesses.

Use a dropper to put a few drops of the DIY oregano oil (recipe below) into the affected ear. Never apply undiluted essential oil oregano directly to the inside of the ear.

13. Relieves Nasal Congestion

Oregano oil acts as a natural antibiotic. Because of this, it can help fight off bacteria that is causing nasal congestion.

14. Improves Skin Conditions

Not only does oregano oil help heal wounds on the skin, it can also help reduce blemishes.

15. Great Massage Oil

Using the DIY oregano oil recipe below, you will also have great massage oil.

Hopefully, you don’t mind the strong scent of oregano. If not, it’s a great massage oil to alleviate pain and inflammation.

If you're passionate about natural remedies and committed to a healthy lifestyle, crafting your own DIY oregano oil is a rewarding and empowering endeavor.


Q: What kind of oregano should I use for making oregano oil?

A: The best type of oregano for making oregano oil is Origanum vulgare, often referred to as wild oregano. It has a high concentration of beneficial compounds, particularly carvacrol.

Q: Can I use dried oregano instead of fresh oregano?

A: Yes, you can use dried oregano if fresh is not available. However, fresh oregano is preferred because it contains more essential oils and active compounds.

Q: How long does homemade oregano oil last?

A: Homemade oregano oil can last up to a year if stored properly. Keep it in a dark, cool place in a tightly sealed container to maintain its potency.

Q: How do I store homemade oregano oil?

A: Store your oregano oil in a dark glass bottle to protect it from light, which can degrade the oil’s quality. Keep it in a cool, dark place like a cupboard or pantry.

Q: Can I use oregano oil on children or pets?

A: Oregano oil is very potent and can be irritating to sensitive skin. It should be used with caution on children and pets, and always diluted. Consult a healthcare provider or veterinarian before using oregano oil on children or animals.

Q: Are there any side effects of using oregano oil?

A: Some people may experience skin irritation or allergic reactions. Always do a patch test before using it topically and dilute the oil properly. Consult with a healthcare provider before ingesting oregano oil, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have underlying health conditions.

Q: Can I cook with homemade oregano oil?

A: Yes, you can use a small amount of homemade oregano oil to flavor dishes. However, due to its strong flavor and potency, it should be used sparingly.

Conclusion: DIY Oregano Oil

Keep in mind, this is an infusion and not the same as an oregano essential oil.

Again, essential oils cannot be used directly on the skin without a carrier oil. However, a DIY oregano oi, such as this, can be applied directly to the skin.

According to WebMD, “…the same thing that makes oregano oil so potent can also create complications for people with certain medical conditions.”

As always, please do your own research before taking oregano oil.

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If you're passionate about natural remedies and committed to a healthy lifestyle, crafting your own DIY oregano oil is a rewarding and empowering endeavor.

DIY Oregano Oil