Oregano Oil For Dogs and Your Health

If you have never tired medical/therapeutic grade essential oils for their health benefits, you truly do not know their power!

Oregano oil (Organum vulgare) is derived from the same herb used for cooking. You’ve probably tasted it in pasta sauce recipes. Not only is it a tasty spice but is also used to ease a variety of poor health conditions, ranging from allergies to yeast infections, viruses and many conditions in between.

Oregano oil is known as a powerful, natural cleansing agent, and it offers powerful immune enhancing antioxidants as well.


Oregano is said to be one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties.*

In the old world, (Greece and Crete)oil of Oregano was prized for its ability to slow down food spoilage through its many preserving and anti-oxident activity. The related herbs thyme and marjoram sold in most North American supermarkets, are often mis-labeled as oregano and possess very little of oregano’s miraculous properties.

In ancient Greece, oregano was used as a medicine for wound healing and in ancient Egypt it was known as a cough remedy. Later, in the Middle Ages, oregano oil was an effective way to protect foods from microbial contamination.

Oregano contains an important ingredient know as Carvacrol which is a natural phenol. Synthetic phenols, such as carbolic acid, have been used in hospitals for sterilization of surgical tools, but the carvacrol in oregano oil is an even more powerful antiseptic.1 As noted by W.H. Martindale, “The essential oil of oregano is the most powerful plant-derived antiseptic known. It is 26 times more active as an anti- septic than [synthetic] phenol.”2

The isomeric phenols (primarily carvacrol) in oregano oil in dilutions as low as 1/50,000 has proven to destroy Candida albicans, the Aspergillus mold, Staphylococcus, Campylobacter, Klebsiella, E.coli, Giardia, Pseudomonas, and Proteus. Another phenol constituent, thymol, boosts the immune system. These compounds also act as free radical scavengers (shield against toxins) thus preventing further tissue damage while encouraging healing. It also contains Flavonoids, and Terpenes which all work synergesticly with the thymol and carvacrol to work the wonders it works.3

In the case of parasites, oil of oregano has had success neutralizing worms, amoeba, and protozoan, in fact, researchers in Mexico found that oregano oil possesses strong anti-parasitic actions, especially against Giardia!

In the book “Herbal Renaissance” , author Steven Foster credits oregano as having “been employed to relieve indigestion, diarrhea,nervous tension, insect bites, toothache, earache, rheumatism, and coughs due to whooping cough and bronchitis (primarily for it’s antispasmodic effects).”

In “The Cure is in the Cupboard”, Cass Ingram, D.O., has written a book that is dedicated to unveiling the health benefits of oregano and oil of oregano. He notes that “wild oregano is a veritable natural mineral treasure-house, containing a density of minerals that would rival virtually any food”. Oregano is rich in a long list of minerals that includes calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, copper, boron, and manganese. Vitamins C and A (beta carotene) and niacin also are contained in oregano.

Skin conditions can be improved with the application of oregano oil. Ingram explains the astonishing discovery that “oil of oregano outright destroys all variety of fungi and yeasts, regardless of where they reside.” Oregano is a “hot” oil and may cause a reddening of the skin or may produce a burning or stinging of the skin. It is best to dilute the oil when using it externally with a pure carrier oil such as raw coconut oil, virgin olive oil, almond oil, etc. before applying directly to your dog’s skin and avoid getting the oil near the eyes, and genitals.

Oil of oregano can immediately help against bee stings and many venomous bites until medical attention can be obtained.

Oregano’s volatile oils are highly active against the majority of pathogenic bacteria, including staph, strep, and E.coli. Georgetown University Medical Center conducted research into the benefits of using oil or oregano and here is what they found. Georgetown University Medical Center (2001, October 11). “It is believed that oregano oil may protect against drug-resistant bacteria. It works as a powerful antibacterial without creating mutant strains of drug-resistant bacteria, and it has none of the debilitating side effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics.”

Researchers studied the effect of Oregano on staphylococcus bacteria which is becoming antibiotic resistant. They discovered oregano at low dosages helped to inhibit growth of staphylococcus bacteria in test tubes. The growth inhibition was equal to standard antibiotics.

Another test using mice was used. Eighteen mice were infected with the staphylococcus bacteria. Six of the mice were treated with high potency oil of oregano. Thirty days later 50% of the mice had survived. Six other mice received oil of oregano mixed with Carvacrol, which is an antibacterial component to oregano. All 6 mice died after 21 days. The other 6 mice were treated with olive oil and no other additives. All 6 mice died 3 days later. The mice treated with the oil of oregano alone survived. This study has also been corroborated by other research teams elsewhere.

Please beware of cheap imitations when looking to purchase Oregano oil. Young Living’s oil of Oregano is 100% pure and therapeutic/medical grade. It may safely be used internally and topically. Be aware, many other brands of oregano oil are often unsafe and adulterated.

The benefits of oregano have gone largely unnoticed and under publicized for far too long. As Ingram notes, oregano is “one of the world’s finest natural medicines, that is if it’s true oregano.” So while oregano may hold hope for a number of your dog’s poor health conditions (or even your own), please be sure that it is in fact the real thing. Make sure the oil is pure, medical/therapeutic grade and safe to take internally.*

Oregano is one of the most diverse health aids available. Unfortunately, however, most of the oregano that consumers are familiar with contains only trace quantities of the actual species of the plant, or in some cases, none at all, so, buyer beware. These significant health benefits are unattainable if the oregano is not the true substance.

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Among 52 plant oils tested, oregano was considered to have “pharmacologic” action against common bugs such as Candida albicans (yeast), E. coli, Salmonella enterica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 86, June 1999]

British researchers reported oregano oil had antibacterial activity against 25 different bacteria. [Journal Applied Microbiology, Volume 88, February 2000]

Of more recent interest are reports showing that carvacrol from oil of oregano kills spores, such as Bacillus cereus and Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). [Archives Microbiology, Volume 174, October 2000; Quarterly Review Biology, Volume 73, March 1998] Bacillus cereus is considered to be from the same species as Bacillus anthracis (anthrax). [Applied Environmental Microbiology, Volume 66, June 2000]

In tests of antibiotics and antiseptics, Bacillus cereus is often used in studies in lieu of the anthrax strain. [University of Michigan News & Information Service, Sept. 23, 1998]


  1. Ingram,Dr.Cass,TheCureisinTheCupboard:HowtouseOreganoforBetterHealth.KnowledgeHouse.
  2. www.venturoama.com/asp/OilDescription.asp?OilD=53
  3. The Wild Oregano Oil MiracleArticle by Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, MD, MSc,


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