Recommended Adult Oil of Oregano Dosage by Mouth:
* 4 - 6 drops (about 50 mg. of 100% pure Oil of Oregano, diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil. A safe blend is 1 part oregano oil to 3 parts olive oil).
Some stronger mixtures may cause an upset stomach, so start slowly and gauge your response. You should read the label to see what the ratio of oil is. Most reputable companies will list the ratio on the ingredient label, or it might be posted on their website.
If your Oil of Oregano is already mixed with a carrier oil, you won't need to dilute it further unless you want to use a more diluted formula.
* Suggested frequency is 3 - 6 time per day, depending on the severity of the infection. I've taken it up to 10 times a day to help fight off a nasty case of bronchitis.
* For preventative use, some suggest taking 1 - 4 drops per day, held under the tongue for a few minutes, followed by a glass of water.
Oil of oregano is used in alternative and traditional medicine as an antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral agent. Although it is likely safe for most healthy adults, there is limited scientific support for its efficacy. Potentially serious viral illnesses like H1N1 should be treated by a medical doctor.
The H1N1 influenza virus, or “swine flu,” was first diagnosed in the spring of 2009. This highly contagious virus spread quickly enough for the World Health Organization to declare a global pandemic, although that designation was lifted in 2010. Symptoms are similar to those of other flu viruses: fever, cough, body aches, chills, sore throat and headache. Although H1N1 was originally transmitted to humans from swine, it is not possible to contract H1N1 from eating pork.
Oil of oregano has a reputation in the alternative medicine community as a potent antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial agent. This may be due to the presence of a compound called carvacrol, which was shown in a November 2003 study in the journal “Cytotechnology” to inhibit the damaging effects of some toxins on mammal cell growth. A study published in the August 2004 “Journal of Food Protection” found
Oil of oregano to be effective against some antibiotic-resistant bacteria. However, insufficient scientific evidence exists for its use against any specific diseases or viruses, including H1N1.
Oil of oregano should not be used as a treatment for H1N1.
The typical adult dose of oil of oregano is 100 milligrams three times daily. Look for a product containing 55 to 65 percent carvacrol. It is important to remember that scientific studies do not show oregano oil to be useful against viral illnesses and there is limited support for its antibacterial and antifungal action. Treatment for H1N1 should be done under the care of a medical doctor. He will likely recommend rest, liquids and over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. He may prescribe antiviral or anti-inflammatory drugs, although these drugs are not necessary for everyone.
The most common Oil of Oregano side effects
The most common Oil of Oregano side effects are:
Warm, tingling sensation in your mouth when taken orally.
Upset stomach if not diluted properly in a carrier oil.
- Typical dosage is 2 - 4 drops of oil placed under the tongue.
- Reduce the dosage if you find it too spicy.
- Using 100% pure oil of oregano may cause upset stomach so try diluting it with virgin olive oil.
- You can also buy oil of oregano premixed with other oils, such as vegetable oil and olive oil.
- Properly diluted products will usually reduce any oil of oregano side effects.
How to Avoid Side Effects of Oregano Oil?
During pregnancy or nursing, consult your health care practitioner before you start using oil of Oregano as it may be harmful to your baby. In most cases, your doctor will want you to avoid taking them by all means. When taken orally, your will experience a warm and tingling sensation in your mouth. Remember that only diluted Oregano oil only can be taken internally. Concentrated oil of Oregano will burn your skin. Typical dosage is about two to four drops of diluted Oregano oil placed under your tongue. If it is too spicy to your taste, you are of course allowed to reduce the dosage.
An upset stomach is one side effect that you may experience especially if the oil of Oregano is not diluted properly in carrier oil such as olive oil. Pure concentrated Oregano oil will cause stomach upset. Always dilute the Oregano oil before you use it. You can buy Oregano oil that is already premixed with carrier oils like vegetable oil. Properly diluted Oregano oil is always the key to reducing or even eliminating the undesirable side effects.
To avoid the possibility of getting heartburn from the spicy oil, you can always opt to take Oregano capsules. Oregano oil capsules which are enteric-coated will do good to protect your from stomach upset as they are designed to be digested in the large intestines and not the stomach. If you have a very sensitive stomach, this might be a better option for you.
oil of Oregano may inhibit your body’s natural ability to absorb iron effectively. Get your doctor to prescribe you some iron supplements if you are taking Oregano oil. Allergic reactions that you have toward thyme, marjoram, basil or similar plants are positive indicator that you will most likely be allergic to Oregano oil. Avoid getting Oregano oil in your eyes, mucous membranes or genital region as it will cause a hot burning sensation. You can use milk, yogurt or ice-cream to flush the area to help soothe the burning feeling. Using water will thin out the oil and spread it more. See a doctor if the burning feeling gets worse or does not subside.
oil of Oregano is safe to be used with children taking into account that the dosage and application must be based on the child’s specific age. Remember that the mild heat sensation from using Oregano oil is normal. It is recommended that you drink a lot of water when taking Oregano oil internally. Oregano oil used on sensitive skin many cause skin irritation. Always and always consult a doctor before starting on Oregano oil as an alternative remedy for any ailments that you think you might have. This applies to any other nutritional or herbal supplement as well. Discontinue use at once if you experience any side effects.