Monday, December 24, 2012

Homemade Oil Of Oregano

I had gotten introduced to Oil of Oregano a few years ago and have been using it as a go-to method when I feel a cold or flu coming on.
The one thing I wasn't impressed with however, was the price.
Thankfully I found this recipe online and decided to whip myself up a batch!
Here are a few of the benefits of Oil of Oregano:

  • Destroying organisms that contribute to skin infections and digestive problems.
  • Strengthening the immune system.
  • Increasing joint and muscle flexibility.
  • Improving respiratory health.

Skin Infections

Oil of Oregano can be applied directly onto the skin to treat itches, skin infections, and irritated gums, but only if it has been diluted. Always follow the instructions on your particular bottle before applying topically onto the skin, since highly concentrated oils may first need to be mixed with Olive Oil or Coconut Oil before application (usually one teaspoon of Olive Oil or Coconut Oil per one drop of Oil of Oregano). 

Digestive Problems

The high concentrations of thymol and carvacrol in Oil of Oregano have been shown to calm upset stomachs and aid digestion. Therefore, a quick home remedy for mild indigestion is to drink a glass of milk or juice that is mixed with 2 or 3 drops of the oil. 

Sinus Congestion

Oil of Oregano is a wonderful natural remedy for sinus congestion. A common solution is to add 3 drops of the oil into a glass of juice and drink this mixture daily for 3 to 5 days.

Colds and Sore Throats

Oil of Oregano is an excellent early defense mechanism when you feel a cold or sore throat coming on. Simply take 3 drops of the oil once per day (you can mix it into a glass of orange juice) and you should notice results within a few hours. Repeat this once per day for up to 5 days until the symptoms are gone. 

DIY Oil Of Oregano
You need a ratio of 1:1 with fresh Oregano and Olive Oil.
I used 1/2 cup of Oregano to 1/2 cup Oil, but you can reduce the amount of oil if you'd like a stronger batch.
  • Wash and dry your Oregano
  • Place Oregano in a ziplock bag, cover with a tea towel and hammer at the leaves using a meat tenderizer or something similar. This will bruise the leaves causing them to release their oils.
  • Heat up a small amount of Olive Oil (in the microwave is fine) until warm than add to ziplock baggy of crushed leaves. Close the bag and squish and smush the oil and leaves around for a minute or two. (This ensures that you pick up the released oil.)
  • Now pour the leaves and remaining Olive oil into a clean, dry glass container with a fitted lid, and place in a cool, dry place for 2 weeks.
  • After 2 weeks strain the leaves from the oil and bottle. 
Please keep in mind that there are side effects to taking Oregano oil continuously, and should be avoided if pregnant. 

Voila! You've just made your own Oil of Oregano!



Celynne said...

That's fantastic! My dad was just talking about that stuff and then I saw your post hah. You are so skillful at this!

Jane said...

How fun! I actually did buy some oil of oregano, but how neat to make it! That stuff is strrooooong. Make sure to dilute it, or you will be suffering :)

Keo said...

I have been taking Oil of Oregano for almost a year and love the stuff. I have not had to take any antibiotics since. Every time I think I am getting a sinus infection I just take it for a couple of days. I ended up buying Oregano eo and add it to olive oil which is also much cheaper than store bought. I love this idea of making my own but didn't want to try and make eo. How do you think it compares to the the store bought?

Anonymous said...

My easy method. Put fresh oregeno and vodka in a mason jar, and gently shake over two weeks.Strain and your done!

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Owl Always DIY said...

OMG, my mother's house has a garden filled with fresh oregano here there everywhere! Now I can make organic dried oregano herbs AND oregano oil (hoping it helps with my grandpa and his itches because he uses about 3-4 different types of over the counter and prescribed oitments :[ )


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