Homemade Oregano Infused Oil

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You may know Oregano (Origanum vulgare) as a great culinary herb, but do you know that Oregano is also an excellent medicinal herb? Oregano oil is an excellent antimicrobial and antiparasitic, especially to the digestive tracts and lungs. Oregano as a herb can also be steep in a hot water and drunk as herbal tea. Oregano infused oil can be taken internally to remedy intestinal bugs or topically to treat infective skin diseases such as toenail fungus.

The antimicrobial, antifungal and antiparasitic strength of oregano is largely concentrated in its oil. This article will show you an easy way to make homemade oregano infused oil by using common ingredients in your kitchen.

To extract the oil out of oregano leaves we need to use a carrier oil as a medium to extract the oil out of the herb. For this purpose, we are going to use Extra Virgin Olive oil as a carrier oil. Organic and therapeutic-grade dried oregano leaves can be purchased from a good herbal store.

Dry oregano leaves

Disclaimer: Oil of oregano is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal agent. Make sure you start low first to prevent strong die-off reactions.

Oregano oil also has the potential to kill some of the good bacteria along with the pathogens. For this reason, Oregano oil should only be used on a quick burst and short-term basis, such as 2 weeks. It is advisable to take broad-spectrum probiotics with the Oregano oil a few hours apart.

Equipment:

  • Glass jar, wide-mouth
    Note: You can use a tomato salsa glass jar
  • Round wooden stick (ie. wooden rolling-pin)
  • Smaller jar
  • Sieve

Ingredients:

  • Dried oregano leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. First, choose a glass container. A wide-mouth glass jar is ideal.
  2. Stuff dry oregano in the jar
  3. Using the end of a wooden rolling-pin, push down on the oregano until tightly packed and filled the jar. Leave the jar 20% empty on top.
  4. Pour extra-virgin olive oil slowly into the jar until oregano is fully soaked
  5. Using the rolling-pin again, push down on the oregano until fully submerged in oil. Make sure there are no air pockets formed inside the jar. Add olive oil if necessary.
    Dry oregano soaked in oil
  6. Close the lid tightly and store in a cool dark place such as a kitchen cupboard
  7. Allow the oregano sits in the oil for 1-2 weeks or 1 month for a more potent oregano oil
  8. After the time passed. Open the jar. Using washed and clean hands, squeeze the oily oregano tightly, squeezing the oil through a sieve and down into a small jar to collect the oil.
  9. Repeat the process until you have extracted most of the oil out of the oregano
  10. Store the oregano infused oil for later use
  11. You may discard the now spent dry oregano or use it in cooking.
    Note: Keep the oregano in an airtight glass container inside the fridge.

How to use oregano infused oil:

Topically: Apply a layer of oregano oil on your skin as a remedy for microbial and fungal infection such as toenail fungus. Apply several times a day.

Internally: Take the oil by teaspoon or drizzle some in your salad. Oregano oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties.

Making cream or salve:

After the process outlined above, you can thicken the liquid oil into a cream or salve consistency. Do this by using low heat to melt some beeswax in the bain-marie process. Once the beeswax is liquified, add the oregano infused oil together and stir until completely mixed. Ensure that you use a very low heat just enough to melt and mix the beeswax into the oil. Adjust the amount of beeswax for oil thickness.

If you have any digestive ailments, please contact our Naturopath Bernard Chu at 0412 723 823 or email [email protected] for an obligation free discussion.

Online consultation is also available for your convenience.

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Calendula is one of the most versatile herbs available. It can be taken internally as a medicinal herb or the oil can be extracted for topical use.

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Do you know that Oregano is also an excellent medicinal herb? Oregano oil is an excellent antimicrobial and antiparasitic, especially to the digestive tracts and lungs. Oregano infused oil can be taken internally to remedy intestinal bugs or topically to treat infective skin diseases such as toenail fungus.

To extract the oil out of oregano leaves we need to use a carrier oil as a medium to extract the oil out of the herb. For this purpose, we are going to use Extra Virgin Olive oil as a carrier oil. Organic and therapeutic-grade dried oregano leaves can be purchased from a good herbal store.

Dry oregano leaves
Disclaimer:
Oil of oregano is a potent antimicrobial and antifungal agent. Make sure you start low first to prevent strong die-off reactions.

Oregano oil also has the potential to kill some of the good bacteria along with the pathogens. For this reason, Oregano oil should only be used on a quick burst and short-term basis, such as 2 weeks. It is advisable to take broad-spectrum probiotics with the Oregano oil a few hours apart.

Equipment:

  • Glass jar, wide-mouth
    Note: You can use a tomato salsa glass jar
  • Wooden rolling-pin
  • Smaller jar
  • Sieve

Ingredients:

  • Dry oregano leaves
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. First, choose a glass container. A wide-mouth glass jar is ideal.
  2. Stuff dry oregano leaves in the jar
  3. Using the end of a wooden rolling-pin, push down on the oregano until tightly packed and filled the jar. Leave jar 20% empty on top.
  4. Pour extra-virgin olive oil slowly into the jar until oregano is fully soaked
  5. Using the rolling-pin again, push down on the oregano until fully submerged in oil. Make sure there are no air pockets formed inside the jar. Add olive oil if necessary.
    Dry oregano soaked in oil
  6. Close the lid tightly and store in a cool dark place such as a kitchen cupboard
  7. Allow the oregano sits in the oil for 1-2 weeks or 1 month for a more potent oregano oil
  8. After the time passed. Open the jar. Using washed and clean hands, squeeze the oily oregano tightly, squeezing the oil through a sieve and down into a small jar to collect the oil.
  9. Repeat the process until you have extracted most of the oil out of the oregano
  10. Store the oregano infused oil for later use
  11. You may discard the now spent dry oregano or use it in cooking.
    Note: Keep the oregano in an airtight glass container inside the fridge.

How to use oregano infused oil:

Topically: Apply a layer of oregano oil on your skin as a remedy for microbial and fungal infection such as toenail fungus. Apply several times a day.

Internally: Drizzle a small amount of the oregano infused olive oil in your salad. Oregano oil is known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal.

Making cream or salve:

After the process outlined above, you can thicken the liquid oil into a cream or salve consistency. Do this by using low heat to melt some beeswax in the bain-marie process. Once the beeswax is liquified, add the oregano infused oil together and stir until completely mixed. Ensure that you use a very low heat just enough to melt and mix the beeswax into the oil. Adjust the amount of beeswax for oil thickness.

If you have any digestive ailments, please contact our Naturopath Bernard Chu at 0412 723 823 or email [email protected] for an obligation free discussion.

Online consultation is also available for your convenience.