Oregano Essential Oil

About the plant

Common Names Green Oregano
Latin Name Origanum vulgare
Botanical Family Lamiaceae
Plant Detail Oregano plant is a huge vegetal family. Oregano is a shrub with oval leaves and grows up in dry area. Essential oil comes from leaves where we can find secretory hairs on this part.

About the Orgeano Essential Oil

Inci Name ORIGANUM HERACLEOTICUM FLOWER OIL
Essential Oil Name Green Oregano
Origin France
Part Used Bloomed aerial part
Extraction Method Steam distillation

Our expert Docteur Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Adopted for its remarkable healing benefits for over 2,000 years, Oregano Essential Oil is a medicinal powerhouse.

Better known for its use in the kitchen, let’s take a look at the Oregano Essential Oil in aromatherapy, and how exactly it can benefit you in your daily rituals.

What is Oregano Essential Oil used for?

  • Purify: Strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties make Oregano Oil a great natural purifier. By ridding your skin of impurities, Oregano Essential Oil gives your skin the optimal environment in which to thrive, heal and strengthen.

    For acne-prone skin, look to other essential oils such as Lavender Oil and Frankincense Oil.

  • Heal: Oregano Essential Oil has highly calming properties and has been shown to soothe skin conditions such as rosacea and hyperpigmentation.

    The carvacrol compound in Oregano Oil treats these minor problems and speeds up the healing process to help get your healthiest skin yet.

  • Defend: Along with Clove Oiland Rosemary Oil, Oregano Essential Oil is packed full of antioxidants.

    It can be used topically to defend your skin from free radicals, which are one of the leading causes of premature ageing.

Where does Oregano Essential Oil come from?

Native to Europe, Oregano is not grown all over the world. Botanically, Oregano is from the same family as mint, with Oregano Essential Oil deriving from the leaves and shoots of the plant.

It has been considered a precious commodity for over 2,500 years in folk medicine, treating colds, indigestion and upset stomachs.

History of Oregano Essential Oil

  • Aristotle’s advice: It is said that Aristotle was one of the first proponents of Oregano Essential Oil, noticing its healing effect when used for treating snake bites.

    Aristotle recognised that after tortoises ate snakes, they would immediately eat the leaves from the oregano plant.

  • The father of Western medicine: Hippocrates also had a part in making oregano a well-known medicinal herb. He used Oregano Oil regularly to protect against respiratory and gastrointestinal issues and was one of the first to recognise its antiseptic properties.
  • Good fortune: During ancient Roman and Greek wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom would be crowned with oregano to promote longevity and prosperity.

Facts about Oregano Essential Oil

  • A symbol of happiness: In Greek mythology, Oregano was created by Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness.
  • A valuable process: It takes around 450-680kg of oregano leaves to create only 450g of its essential oil.
  • Joy of the mountains: Thanks to its natural habitat in high altitude mountainous areas, the plant got its name ‘oregano’, meaning, ‘joy of the mountains’.

Integrate Oregano Essential Oil into your health rituals and reap a whole spectrum of rewards for your skin, mind and body.