Green oregano Essential Oils for skincare

About Oregano

INCI name
Essential oil name
Green oregano
Part used
Bloomed aerial part
Extraction method
Steam distillation

About the plant

Common names
Green oregano
Latin name
Origanum vulgare
Botanical family
Plant detail
Oregano is a shrub with oval leaves that grows in dry area. The Oregano Essential Oil comes from the leaves and shoots.

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Adopted for its remarkable healing benefits for over 2,000 years, Oregano Essential Oil is a medicinal powerhouse. Better known for its use in the kitchen, let’s take a look at the Oregano Essential Oil in aromatherapy, and how exactly it can benefit you in your daily rituals.

Benefits of Oregano Essential Oil

1. Antibacterial

Oregano Oil is able to fight against bacterial and viral infections, even those which can often require antibiotics.

2. Helps digestive issues

Not only does Oregano Essential Oil balance and fight bacteria in the gut, but it also aids digestion by relaxing muscles.

Whether it is heartburn, indigestion or other stomach problems, Oregano Oil promotes a healthy digestive system by combating these issues.

3. Anti-inflammatory

Oregano Essential Oil is a great natural remedy for soothing inflammation. When applied topically, it can reduce redness, irritation and even pain associated with arthritis and injury.

4. Treats respiratory conditions

Oregano Oil helps to loosen and eliminate uncomfortable build-up in the respiratory tracts and sinuses.

5. Anti-parasitic

Oregano Essential Oil fights against viruses, bacteria, fungi and also has a strong effect on parasites.

What is Oregano Essential Oil used for?


Strong anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties make Oregano Oil a great natural purifier.

For acne-prone skin, look to other essential oils such as Lavender Oil and Frankincense Oil.


Oregano Essential Oil is very calming and has been shown to soothe skin conditions such as rosacea and hyperpigmentation.

The carvacrol compound in Oregano Oil treats these minor problems and speeds up the healing process to help get your healthiest skin yet.


Along with Clove Oil and Rosemary Oil, Oregano Essential Oil is packed with antioxidants.

It can be used topically to defend your skin from free radicals, which are one of the leading causes of premature ageing.

Where does Oregano Essential Oil come from?

Oregano is native to Europe and is in the same plant family as mint.

It has been considered a precious commodity for over 2,500 years in folk medicine, treating colds, indigestion and upset stomachs.

History of Oregano Essential Oil

Aristotle’s advice

It is said that Aristotle was one of the first advocates of Oregano Essential Oil, noticing its healing effect when using it for treating snake bites.

Aristotle recognised that after tortoises ate snakes, they would immediately eat the leaves from the oregano plant.

The father of Western medicine

Hippocrates also had a part in making oregano a well-known medicinal herb. He used Oregano Oil regularly to protect against respiratory and gastrointestinal issues and was one of the first to recognise its antiseptic properties.

Good fortune

During ancient Roman and Greek wedding ceremonies, the bride and groom would be crowned with oregano to promote longevity and prosperity.

Facts about Oregano Essential Oil


A symbol of happiness

In Greek mythology, Oregano was created by Aphrodite as a symbol of happiness.


A valuable process

It takes around 450-680kg of oregano leaves to create 450g of its essential oil.


Joy of the mountains

Thanks to its natural habitat in high altitude mountainous areas, the plant got its name ‘oregano’, meaning ‘joy of the mountains’