Oregano Essential Oil
Oregano belongs to the plant family Labiatae. Labiatae family members are easily hybridized. That is, there is interbreeding of different species, making it difficult to define species and subspecies. Thyme is probably the aromatic plant with the most diverse range of chemotypes .
The thyme genera used commercially in Turkey, all of which belong to the Lamiaceae family, are Origanum, Thymbra, Coridothymus, Satureja and Thymus .
Oregano essential oil is obtained as a result of steam distillation of the tops and leaves of Origanum onites L. This essential oil contains a very high amount (80% – 90%) of the phenolic monoterpene, Carvacrol, component. Carvacrol has been reported to possess antifungal, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, cytotoxic, antioxidant activities. The essential oil of the plant is used in food, pharmacy and perfumery sectors .
Oregano essential oil poses a higher risk of causing irritation and sensitization. This oil should not be used topically on children age 2 or younger .
Oregano essential oil may be applied via inhalation or topically. Before using this essential oil, carefully read Warning & Safety Requirements.
To apply to the skin, do not use undiluted essential oils on your skin. For topical applications a 1% or less dilution is recommended .
Used topically, Oregano essential oil helps to promote blood circulation and tissue regeneration. Oregano essential oil can help in relieving the pain of arthritis, muscle and joint pains. Since Oregano essential oil has potent antibacterial, antifungal properties, It can be used to treat wounds and skin infections .
Used in aromatherapy, Oregano Essential Oil can improve the efficiency of the respiratory tract. Oregano essential oil poses a higher risk of causing irritation and sensitization when used in the bath. Avoid using Oregano essential oil in the bath, even if it is diluted .
Try adding it to a bath or diffuser as aromatherapy, or combining with different essential oils to strengthen its effect.
Oregano essential oil’s refreshing aroma makes it great for diffusing or spritzing throughout a room to help purify the air. Diffuse it to uplift the mood.
Warning & Safety Requirements:
Store oils in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight and out of reach of children.
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