Oregano Essential Oil takes on MRSA (and other gross microbes)

July 17, 2014 Uncategorized

                                    Oregano Essential Oil takes on MRSA (and other gross microbes)


In the words of my 5 year old “BOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!

Which means, “Smacked down,” or something like that…..


MRSA methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis (MRSE) is found worldwide.  What once was a hospital acquired infection, is now being acquired in the outside world.  Drug resistance is a challenge for our healthcare system, and as new synthetic medications continue to be developed to combat these resistant strains, research continues to support the use of essential oils such as melaleuca and Oregano essential oil.  MRSA has been demonstrated to be susceptible to oregano essential oil in several studies (one here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1016/S0378-1097(03)00890-5/full )  The authors of this study report:

“All S. aureus and S. epidermidis strains were susceptible to oregano oil, carvacrol and thymol with no statistically significant difference between MRS and MSS strains…. Interestingly this susceptibility was independent of drug susceptibility patterns. In line with previous works our data also confirm the relevant antimicrobial activity of carvacrol and thymol in the oregano oil….  In conclusion, the findings of the present study indicate that oregano oil, in addition to other properties, has a potential as a topical antibacterial agent against MRS strains.”  (Nostro et al., 2004)

This article in The Daily Mail states that oregano has antifungal and antimicrobial properties; reporting that oregano essential oil is more effective than 18 pharmaceutical drugs such as streptomycin and penicillin! (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1088893/MRSA-wiped–OREGANO-say-British-scientists.html )  One neat research finding was that oregano essential oil continued to exert antimicrobial and antifungal properties in boiling water, which could prove useful disinfecting laundry, dishes, etc.    The authors also reported that the vapor of essential oil is effective and can be used as an antimicrobial spray.  The internet is loaded with testimonials of the curative effects of inhaling oregano essential oil drops in steaming bowls of water for respiratory illnesses.  I have not located a study that documents the effectiveness of this treatment, but neither have I found any evidence to refute it. As an aside, please be cautious with steaming water.   I would not recommend this treatment for young children.  There are many cool water diffusers available that will safely diffuse oregano essential oil into the air.  Some are located here.

Further research located in PubMed demonstrates that 0.5% oregano essential oil in a hand soap was as effective as triclosan or chloroxylenol with fewer adverse environmental and health effects.  (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23848299 )

Easy Homemade Hand Sanitizer

10 drops of oregano essential oil

2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil


SERIOUSLY!  It’s that simple. Oregano essential oil is considered a “hot oil,” and if you have sensitive skin, I suggest diluting it further.  Sources seem to conflict on the use of oregano essential oil on children younger than 5.  It’s oregano, which is generally regarded as safe, but it can be irritating to their sensitive skin.  For children over the age of 5, consider using 10 drops to 4 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil to reduce the occurrence of sensitivity.  I have heard several  people insist they have used it on their children in a 10 drops/2 tbsp ratio, but the typical advice given by many sources is to double the dilution of essential oil solutions on our kids.

This same study also found that the use of oregano essential oil reduced the bacteria remaining on cleaning cloths after use.  Here is your solution to reducing germs on those stinky, germ infested dishcloths and sponges!

Other uses that I have recently heard include

  • Add a drop to your sneakers or a few drops to your foot bath to cure athletes foot
  • Dilute and apply to canker sores 1-3x’s a day to speed healing
  • Use in fractionated coconut oil to create a warming massage (If you’ve tried this, please let me know if it made you crave spaghetti sauce!)


Historically, oregano use dates back to the Greek and Roman empires.  Oregano was used to treat skin sores, relieve aching muscles, and as an antiseptic.  I am told it is still used in Greece as a folk remedy against colds or indigestion.  So, none of this is really new stuff, it’s just been replaced over the years by commercial products.  I think it’s great that we have some research to support these ancient treatments today.

If you’re interested in getting your hands on some therapeutic grade oregano essential oil, please consider buying it here.  If you’re looking thinking you’d like to be a repeat customer because you really dig using these essential oils, message me to become a Wholesale Advocate (save 25% off of retail) or a Preferred Member (saving 20% off of retail prices for life!)  There is an information page in this blog if you’d like to look into it yourself.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid oregano essential oil, since its use is not well documented in these populations.  Also, avoid oregano essential oil if you have an allergy to oregano.

As always, the information in this blog is purely educational, and should not be used to replace the advice of your medical care provider.  The advice given and/or recommended products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Any treatment should be discussed with your medical care provider who is familiar with your unique situation and medical condition.


Take a second and leave me a comment about your experience with oregano essential oil.  :)


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