You may be familiar with oregano, the flowering herb with ancient use in the medical and culinary worlds. Oregano essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering herb, and is called on for its stimulating, warming, tonic purposes.
Oregano essential oil is antimicrobial, antiviral and anti-fungal. It is recommended for those experiencing headaches, and respiratory issues such as sinusitis, asthma, coughing, bronchitis, and/or influenza. It helps beat fatigue, and is a helpful insect repellant (that said, if you're after something a little less intense in scent for keeping bugs at bay, check out lemongrass essential oil).
While this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich oil has proven helpful in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, ringworm and other fungal infections, we recommend use with caution particularly if you're new to essential oils. See caution below.
CAUTION Given its potency and possibility of being a skin irritant, we do not recommend the topical use (e.g. be it in a massage or wearable perfume blend) of oregano essential oil. As it contains naturally-occurring chemical constituents that can irritate the skin and mucous membranes, please avoid dermal contact (especially for those experiencing hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin) and keep away from children under 2 years of age. One of these constituents, thymol, is what enables oregano to help protect against toxins and fight fungal infections but its flipside is that it is strong for the skin and best used with caution. A great rule of thumb: save this oil for diffusion or inhalation only.