Aristotle, the Greek philosopher noticed that turtles who ate snakes ate oregano right afterwords. The oregano appeared to keep them from being poisoned or getting sick, so he started recommending it as an antidote for poisoning from snake bites. There are many practical uses for oregano today and here are just a few for you to try.
- Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil and rub it on the chest and throat for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and congestion. You can also use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation for the same ailments.
- Put 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage the affected area for arthritis, backache, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscular pain and rheumatism.
- Put 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in your night time bath water for chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia, or nervous tension.
- Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage the affected area daily for cellulite. The same mixture can be used as needed for fungal infections.
- Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of liquid shea oil and massage on the temples and neck to get rid of headaches and migraines. You can also put this mixture on a hot or cold compress.
- Put 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of jojoba oil and rub it on the chest and abdomen for indigestion.
To promote menstruation or alleviate premenstrual syndrome, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on the lower abdomen and lower back. A hot compress using this mix also works for these symptom, as well as using 8-10 drops in the bath water.
To increase lymphatic circulation, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage all over the body. For sprains and swelling, use 2-3 drops on a cold compress. To boost the immune system after an illness, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Oregano mixes well (in case you want to make a synergistic blend) with cedar, basil, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, orange, rosemary, tea tree and thyme.