Make Your Own Oil of Oregano

Oil of Oregano has many health benefits. It can reduce pain and inflammation and can fight off infection. It also can boost the immune system. It has been used to reduce the symptoms and duration of the cold and flu, help relieve digestive problems, and provide relief for muscle aches and pains.

Uses for Oil of Oregano:

Sinus Congestion, Colds and Sore Throats, and Digestive Problems-Add a couple drops to a glass of water or juice and drink. For sinus congestion you can also rub some diluted oil or oregano directly on your sinuses for relief.

Sore Muscles, Arthritis, Aches and Pains-Massage into affected area to relieve pain and inflammation. Dilute with olive oil and always test on a small area first.

Make Oil of Oregano:

If you have some fresh oregano on hand, you can make your own oil of oregano. You will need a 1:1 ratio of oregano to oil, or you can use more oregano to make a stronger batch. I used 1/2 a cup oregano and 1/2 a cup olive oil.

1. Wash and dry your oregano.

2. Place the oregano leaves in a plastic ziplock bag (don’t close) and cover the bag with a kitchen towel.

3. Pound on the bag with a meat mallet or something similar. This will release the oils.

4. Heat up some olive oil or grape seed oil until warm. Do not boil.

5. Add the oil in to the bag with the oregano and squeeze the mixture for a minute or two.

6. Now pour the mixture into a clean class jar and place somewhere cool and dry for 2 weeks.

7. After 2 weeks, strain the oregano from the oil. I use the smallest strainer in this set of Cuisinart Mesh Strainers.

As always, please do your own research and use caution when trying new herbal remedies. Oil of oregano should not be used when pregnant.

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  1. I'll be doing this…

  2. This is the perfect “rainy day” project for me today! How much should it be diluted for use?

    • krissajeldy says:

      I actually used some straight yesterday (on my sinuses) and it didn't bother my skin at all. I'm guessing this isn't as strong as the type you might buy at the store, so maybe it's okay to use this kind straight.

  3. Why can't pregnant women use oil of oregano?

    • krissajeldy says:

      I read that it can stimulate blood flow in the uterus, which can weaken the lining that surrounds the fetus in the womb. It also may reduce the body's ability to absorb iron, which is important for pregnant women.

  4. I have never heard of oil of oregano, but I have enough oregano growing in my backyard to supply an olive garden, so I may give it a try! Thanks for broadening my horizons :)

  5. nanaymiriam says:

    i made oil of oregano oil using the exact same steps but used a mixture of olive oil and sunflower oil as a base. Our newly adopted stray puppy has been itching all over, so I decided to give him a rub of the oil. Voila! he calmed down and almost looked like he was lethargic at first.. then slept for a few minutes, when he woke up he is a ball of fire.. playing and wagging his tail.. I also used the oil for dandruff relied.

    • abitcrunchy says:

      Be careful using oils with animals. Not all oils are safe for pets. :) But now you've got me researching to see if I can put it on my kitten who is bringing fleas in and itching constantly.

      • When I researched using oregano oil on cats/kittens I found cautions about it being poisonous to cats, and people who have said they didn’t have any problems at all. My personal experience is I’ve used it on my Siamese with no problems at all to address red bumps and itching from what turned out to be an allergic reaction to a food additive.

        What I did was add just a drop (maybe two drops) of the oil to her shampoo while giving her a bath (started bathing her as a kitten so she loves water). Then after a good rinse, she was very happy, no more itching, and the bumps went away after a couple of days (we changed her food of course). So I didn’t have any problems using it externally on my cat.

      • I did much research on a cure for scabies, mange on cats and I found on Home Remedy’s to use Oil of Oregano. 1/3 cup oil of oregano, 1/3 cup listerine, 1/3 cup of water, mix well, dab it on with gloves and rub into scabie, mange area on a cat and let the cat go outside and play to get sunlight, repeat several days. The cat will not like the taste of it so it will not be licked off. I have tried it on my Peppi and it has brought him out of the kinks as he loves to chase squirrels which wild animals and some bushes seem to carry the scabie, mange. He also had rodent sores in his mouth which looks like ulcers that brought his immune system down, but after I corrected his immune system by dabbing a dab on his chin and corner of his mouth, between doing that and dabbing his scabbies, well, he is a new Puss Puss LOL. Also, I dug up dandilion roots and boiled them and the leaves and made him and myself the best tea ever, hence this is a good remedie for anyone or animal that has jaundice. But always check with a doctor rather than take my advice or home remedy but it worked for Peppi when he had jaundice and is an Old remedy of long ago.

  6. I found your link on Frugally Sustainable. Thanks for the directions, I might try this with oregano from our CSA. How would you use it? Drink it or use it as a rub?

  7. What are the possible side effects? You mentioned to test on a small area first….

  8. Thank you for this! I recently decided to look into the benefits of Oil of Oregano and was like “I need to get me some of that!!” Then all of sudden it hit me, I have fresh oregano growing in my living room! Hello! This was a simple and easy to follow recipe. Look forward to using it. I’ll be blogging about it and will link back to you 😉

    • krissajeldy says:

      Oh good! I'm glad you made it and I'm looking forward to hearing how you use it and how it works for you. Please come back and share your results if you think of it! :)

  9. I thought that oil of oregano — with all its reputed health benefits — had to be made with wild oregano, not the domestic kind you would grow at home. I read somewhere that wild oregano, like that grown in the Mediterranean, contains carvacrol and thymol, which are powerful anti-inflammatories and have other strong health benefits. Although I am interested in making my own oil of oregano (especially after I saw the prices on the bottles in my local health food store), I also don't want to waste time/resources, etc. Wouldn't everyone be making their own oil of oregano if you could do it from the herbs in your windowsill? Or is the exorbitant price of oil of oregano in the store simply a ripoff?

    • I bought some Italian and Greek Heirloom oregano seeds and grow them in a sunny windowsill year round, then place them in the sun when the weather has warmed. Primarily for the purpose of making the oil. I swear by it- the kids NEVER get sick, even when surrounded by the myriad of illnesses in the schools!

      • you say you place them in the sun when the weather has warmed. Is this to dry out the oregano? how do you make your oil and how much do you give your kids?

        • She probably mean to say that she placed them "outside" in the sun when the weather has warmed. This is so that the plants are not killed by the cold.

    • I made some a couple of weeks ago from plain fresh oregano that I bought in the store. Kroger Store Brand Extra Virgin olive oil was on sale. I used the recipe above, only I chopped the oregano. After two weeks of waiting for the process to complete, I placed 3 drops under my tongue and repeated the process 6 hours later. My sinus congestion, crud in my throat and bronchial infection cleared up in about 24 hours. I have not been able to kick these infections after several courses of antibiotics. I have suffered consistently for years with these infections. Homemade oil of oregano is a Godsend. I can't remember ever breathing this well. When I got off of it for a couple of days, the infection returned. Since the oil is diluted in extra virgin olive oil, I continue to take two drops every eight hours. Several friends of mine have had similar or better results. I also believe that the extra virgin olive oil helps the taste because my recipe does not taste bad at all.

      • You can soak any herbs in solvent (vodka) and make a tincture…You can soak herbs in olive oil. This is an infusion technique and not as powerful as a pure essential oil, which has steam distillations to extract. Oil of oregano is also GREAT for ear infections. My kids have always had them. Tubes twice in each child, amoxocillion in gallons in years past. The first sign of, apply….gone. Been over a year since a dr. visit for one in each.

        • If you grow herbs, you really need to research the benefits of the essential oils of. Big Pharma wont tell ya and cant patent the plants. SImple as that. I only use essential oils now in my home from cleaning supplies to medicinal. If you grow, you can always infuse it.

        • How do you give oil of oregano to your kids? I try to put a couple drops in there food but it's too spicy for them to take in liquid. They are 5 and 2.


    • I love how no one answered your original question here…
      I have read the same thing in regard to wild oregano as opposed to regularly found oregano…

  10. Thanks! I used your method/recipe and made some with the HUGE oregano plant I have in my living room :)

  11. Does it have to be fresh or can you use the dried stuff you buy in the store?

  12. christel krahe says:

    Just to let you know that this is not the same oil as oil of orreggano made from wild medditerranian oreggano, not nearly as strong. But I always use north american spice o of o, and it works well. I always have a bottle on hand, It is not cheap but well worth it.:-)

  13. B Sherman says:

    DON'T BE MISTAKEN……This is NOT OIL of OREGANO it's Infused Oil.

    Oregano oil is a different type of Oregano, a blend of edible species of wild oregano grown on natural mineral rich soils, not the kind you cook with at home. Although….. I'm sure there are some healing properties with regular Oregano. Definitely nutrition ones.

  14. I’m really looking forward to trying this out as soon as possible! I was wondering if dried oregano would work, or does it have to be fresh only?


  15. you cant make oil of oregano with common oregano. it's not the same.

  16. Excellent blog. Your topic is amazing.

    I'm gonna use your method for making this and also thanks for sharing it's benefits. I liked it very much.

  17. TeresaF. says:

    I use oregano to lessen the duration and size of cold sores! It works amazingly. I usually just crush a leaf and rub it on, but I've wanting to make some oil to make it easier to apply. Thanks for posting this! I'm definitely going to try this.

    • krissajeldy says:

      I'll have to tell my mom…she gets bad cold sores. I've used tea tree oil on canker sores and it works great…I wonder if oil of oregano would work on those as well?

  18. This isn't how you make oil – this is how you take some oil, then infuse some of the ESSENCE of oregano into it. :/
    Really disappointing. :(
    It also makes no mention of which type of oregano you should use or if the plants need special feed to get more "active ingredients" in the plant.
    However – it does *seem* that for itchy, sore skin, a bath with store-bought "regular, cooking" oregano and parsley in it is very soothing! Something I recently learned. :)
    (I used the pre-dried-and-chopped herbs from the shop and made a jug of "tea" with it, the british way (I used 1 or 2 teabags worth of chopped herbs), then added the steeped herbs and water to my hot bath water. I think I'll add a Camomile tea-bag too next time. Should be good – and smells nice! It helped scratches and bug-bites. I assume that mix would help measles and chicken-pox too!) :)
    It'd be interesting to see if Cloves or their oil added to the mix would also help, as Oil of Cloves (which I can buy in this country) helps toothache, as does Oil of Oregano (which I can't buy in this country).
    I assume the lack of information and availability of this product means that real (pure) Oil of Oregano is strong/potent, and very hard to make at home (as the equipment and sheer amount of Oregano leaves needed is so huge and expensive that it doesn't need to be outlawed as a plant. Also, I will assume until proven otherwise, that Oregano is like Mandrake Root – only in that there is a variety of either that has the "drug chemicals" in it you want, and a second variety that has no active chemicals in it at all and makes you waste your time and money if you're specifically after the medicine part of the plant; rather than the tasty-but-safe-and-completely-useless variety with the same name.
    Remember that Olive Oil was only considered a medicine, sort of like Castor Oil, in Britain until World War Two (when Mrs Beeton changed british food forever and used Olive Oil to cook with as it wasn't rationed and didn't require Food Stamps, because it was classed medicine and sold in the pharmacies), and is now thought of more as food than medicine; though it's both. 😉
    I wonder how much of the good from this infusion is down to the Olive Oil… and how much is placebo. :p Olive Oil is very good for your skin, among other things. :)
    Still – useful info to mull over… :)
    Thanks. I'm still learning and every little bit helps. Very helpful Comments too, so thanks to all! :) :) :)

    • Thank you:) I appreciate your educated answer. This helps in my research . I have a bag of organic Mediterranean oregano just I know to make the extract you use vodka to cover Finely chopped oregano in a sterile glass jar cover with plastic and lid so no air get in and turn ,if not mistaking , everyday or so for 5weeks the drain with cheese cloth. I have a Bullet chopper that will do the trick. But the oil thing is bewildering.. Omg.,frustrated ..don't want to waste time nor resources ..please if you find the proper "homemade" way to do it let me know please. And if you have a bit more info on the difference between all the benefits whether store bought,homegrown,meditrianian grown,soil type,etc please pass on :) much appreciated

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  21. yahdaizymerrr says:

    Hi. I'm going to make hygienic products like sanitizer, soap, mouthwash and feminine wash for my feasibility study. Oregano is one of my main ingredients but I cant find some stores here selling oregano essential oil. My question is that, is this oregano oil in your blog could be an essential oil for my products? I just find it easy to make so I'm hoping this will work as essential oil, not minding the scent but the benefits like anti-bacterial is what I really need. Thanks for your reply. 😀

  22. Oil of Oregano the real stuff from health food stores is more effective than deet (deep woods) as an mosquito repellant.
    Take 1-2 drops in a shot glass with your juice of choice, once a day
    Do not overdose as permanent respiratory damage can occur.

  23. Jocelyn Modesto says:

    Can I use cooking oil instead of olive oil?

  24. Oh wow! I am going to try this today. Thanks

  25. I make a lot of my own herbal tinctures but for some reason I've always bought my oil of oregano. Strange, especially since I usually have some growing in my herb garden too. Oil of oregano is amazing on toothaches!! I had an abscessed tooth a couple of years ago and needed a root canal. The dentist couldn't see me for a week and my face was swollen. I used Oil of Oregano to kill the infection and with two days it felt well. Clove oil is good too. Right now I'm suffering from sore throat and a bad cold and treating it with Echnicchea tincture that I make, woke up every hour last night and took another dropper full. It either is helping it tremendously or burning my nerve endings in my throat LOL.

  26. The oregano you are using is not the same kind as they make the medicinal oregano oil with. I love these kind of sustainable, DIY posts, but do your research first!

  27. I swear by oil of oregano but I think I will continue to order mine from online sources like Vitacost. You can only use 4-5 drops at a time up to 3 times a day! I make oils, tinctures, vinegars and things out of herbs but I don't think this is quite right!

  28. This is what I have always read: From "What is sold in most traditional grocery stores as oregano is not wild Mediterranean oregano. It has little preventative or therapeutic value. Real wild Mediterranean oregano is of two varieties. Thymus capitatus is the variety that grows in Spain. Most of the oregano that grows throughout the rest of the Mediterranean is the origanum vulgare variety. In order to obtain the health benefits of oil of oregano, the oregano must be of one of these two varieties."

  29. Crowder says:

    How to make oils:
    (use grain alcohol from a liquor store as a solvent, and use oregano in place of hemp)
    if you do not have proper ventilation, you will die.

  30. Thanks for this article. Before I read this article, I didn't know about this oil. Now I understood this. It is really very good for our health. i should try to make this oil as soon as possible for my family. Thank you again.

  31. I made the homemade oregano oil and it smells like olives, stronger though. I had it outside in the sun for 3 weeks. Is it supposed to smell that bad????

    Thank you.

  32. Remember any oil steeped in herbs can have botulism if not stored in refrigerator.

  33. Sharon Lai says:

    Is it ok to add the warmed olive oil into the ziplock bag that holds the oregano herb? The bag is made of plastic! Please clarify. Thank you!

  34. As a few people have pointed out this is not oil of oregano but rather oregano flavoured oil. For cooking purposes this is perfect however for the medicinal purposes that you are looking for you need oil made from oregano or oregano essential oil. There are a few ways to make this and yes you can do it at home with the right equipment and you can buy your oregano from the grocery store (buy organic) however, the amount you would need would cost you more than buying a bottle of the pre-made essential oil. When buying essential oil be cautious of any that are all listed at the same price, for example if oregano, mint, lavender or whatever are all listed at $10 either they are not real or not quality. It takes more of some plants to make oil than others thus the price should reflect that.


  36. can the oregano oil be use for cooking

  37. This is NOT Oil of Oregano. This is oregano infused oil. I'm sure it has its own benefits, but it is not the same as an essential oil and does not contain the same healing properties.

  38. EcoArtist says:

    It said not to boil the jar but i did just that by mistake. I am wondering if it will be ruined. I didn't leave it in too long but not sure of the exact reasoning for not boiling it. Any ideas?

  39. I would not ever put hot oil in a plastic bag, or any plastic container! There is no better way to leach endocrine disruptor chemicals out of plastic than by using hot oil!

  40. store it with mason jar lid on or off? thanks

  41. "Now pour the mixture into a clean class jar and place somewhere cool and dry for 2 weeks." is the portion i am refering to.

  42. The kids and I have been suffering from a sore throat, probably from allergies but to be on the safe side I mixed a couple of drops of oregano with a honey, lemon, oil mixture, is this safe?my throat felt better after taking it but it sure did numb it but just wanted to ask someone who was more knowledgeable

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