Thanks to its valuable ingredients, oregano oil alleviates various ailments. Find out here how it works and how you can make oregano oil yourself.
Oregano oil is a real superfood: when drizzled over the pizza it not only gives off its wonderful flavor, it also contains valuable ingredients that make it an effective home remedy for various ailments. Above all, the native wild form of oregano, the wild marjoram (Origanum vulgare), also called common dost, is used as a medicinal plant for colds and digestive disorders and is even considered a natural antibiotic. You can enjoy the herb as a tea or use the pure essential oil that is extracted from the leaves and flowers. Healthy oregano oil can also be produced in your own kitchen with little effort. You can find out here how it works and how it works.
How do you make oregano oil yourself?
The essential oregano oil is obtained by means of steam distillation – a separation process that usually requires an expensive distillation system. For household use, however, there are far less time-consuming ways to produce an herbal oil that can at least be used as a support and preventative measure. To make oregano oil yourself, you need a few sprigs of oregano or its essential oil, as well as a high-quality vegetable oil such as cold-pressed olive oil. The culinary herb grows in your garden? Great! Then you can harvest the oregano fresh. Or do you always dry oregano in advance? Even so, it can be used for this purpose.
Oregano oil made from fresh or dried herbs
Put either 250 grams of dried oregano or 750 grams of fresh, washed and dried herbs in a clean glass bottle or a screw-top jar. Fill it up with about 500 milliliters of high quality oil until all of the shoots and leaves are covered. Put the sealed bottle in a warm but light-protected place and let the oil steep for two to three weeks. Gently shake the mixture every few days or stir it gently: this not only gives the herb its fine taste, but also the healthy ingredients to the oil. Make sure that the parts of the plant are well covered with oil afterwards. Then pour the oil through a sieve and pour it into a clean bottle for storage. If stored in a dark and cool place, it will keep for about six months.
It works a little faster if you chop up the fresh or dried oregano and put it together with the oil in a saucepan or a heat-resistant glass, heat the whole thing slightly and let it simmer on a low heat for two to three hours. Once the oil cools, strain it off and pour it into a clean bottle. The oil lasts – also stored in a cool and dark place – for about twelve months. However, it can be assumed that some ingredients will also evaporate when heated.
Making healing oil from essential oil
Alternatively, you can make the healing oil from a mixture of essential oil and high-quality vegetable oil. When buying essential oils, always make sure they are of high quality: Organically grown herbs are best gently distilled. The following applies to the concentrate: There are 25 to 50 drops of essential oregano oil for every 100 milliliters of oil.
What healing properties does oregano oil have and how is it used? What makes organo oil so valuable? Origanum vulgare contains many good substances such as tannins, resins, sterols, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals. Above all, however, the essential oil is particularly effective. The substances carvacrol and thymol contained therein are, for example, antibacterial and anti-fungal, which is why the plant is often referred to as a natural antibiotic. In addition, oregano is one of the heart-strengthening medicinal plants because its calming properties have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.
As a result, there are various areas of application for oregano oil, where it is either ingested or applied to the appropriate skin areas. Like the fresh herb, it is used as a home remedy due to its antiseptic effect, for example for respiratory diseases such as colds, tonsillitis, bronchitis and asthma, but also for digestive problems, flatulence and menstrual pain. Its fungicidal effect helps with fungal infections such as nail or athlete’s foot. A massage with oregano oil can also relieve muscle and joint pain as well as arthritis, and when applied in the mouth it helps with toothache. Capsules are also available for internal use in pharmacies, drug stores or health food stores.
By the way: Due to its positive properties, it is worth seasoning dishes with homemade oregano oil. This is how it flavored pizza, pasta and the like, even if you don’t have fresh cabbage on hand, and enriches the dishes with a healthy component.
What are the side effects of oregano oil?
Like other plants from the mint family, oregano can cause allergic reactions such as skin irritation. Above all, pure essential oil should therefore never be used undiluted, let alone ingested. On the other hand, you do not need to use home-made herbal oil in diluted form. If you are unsure, the best thing to do is to do a little test: rub some oregano oil into the crook of your elbow and see if the skin reacts. If you are also taking any medication, you should seek medical advice prior to use. Pregnant women should not use oregano medicinally, as it stimulates the uterus and thus can trigger premature labor.