Traditionally, oregano was used to support digestive, respiratory and joint health. 

Recent in vitro research indicates that carvacrol, an active constituent of oregano oil, may support the immune system.

Oregano oil benefits

  • Oregano may have higher free-radical scavenging activity than other herbs
  • Proven that the properties of oregano can combat causes of stomach flu
  • Oregano helps deactivate the herpes simplex virus
  • May have antiviral activity against RSV, which causes respiratory infections
  • Oregano proved activity against 23 species of bacteria related to three genera 
  • Oregano oil was effective against different strains of E. coli and Pseudomonas
  • Can have significant antibacterial activity against microbes resistant to drugs

Oregano oil has powerful immune support properties, encouraging a healthy immune response in the face of multiple kinds of immune challenge. 

The compounds that give oregano its distinctive flavor and aroma, like thymol and carvacrol, are responsible for many of its health benefits. The same compounds include potent antiviral and antibacterial activity.

Oregano in cooking

Oregano is an herb from which comes from the mint family and it plays a prominent role in the Mediterranean diet. 

  • With its scientific health benefits, the unique herb greatly spices up any menu
  • Active ingredient, carvacrol can have particular detoxifying benefits in cooked meats
  • Carvacol can reduce formation of heterocyclic amines in cooked meat by up to 78%

Alternatives to oregano oil