Oil of Oregano: It tastes awful, and it works.

Does Oil of Oregano help colds & flu?

Every time I’ve been at my mom’s house for the past 4 years and I’ve exhibited signs of cold or flu (or anything else, for that matter), she has pushed Oil of Oregano on me. I tried it once. It smelled awful. I misunderstood her directions and put it on my tongue, not under my tongue, and I tasted it for hours afterwards. NOTHING was worth that. Blegcht. I politely declined her offer to share with me every time since. 

Until this summer.

I had my first ever UTI this summer, and let me tell you – it sucks. I had been feeling kind of ‘off,’ but it wasn’t until I started really really having to pee every 5 minutes and then getting feverish & woozy that I realized that I just might need to visit the doctor. I told the nurse at the Walk-In clinic that I was pretty sure I had a urinary tract infection, and after she tested my sample, I believe her response was, “Wow. Do you ever! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one like this before!”

So there we have it. I had a UTI, I crawled into bed for two days, took my antibiotics and my probiotics, and I felt all sorts of better. Until another week passed, and I felt it coming back. My mom happened to be visiting, and she told me that Oil of Oregano would help my body fight this possible UTI. I know I said that nothing was worth that terrible taste, but the whole-body sickness that came with the UTI was something I didn’t wish to experience again… so I started taking Oil of Oregano. My mom, sensing she had a convert on her hands, generously left the bottle with me. I faithfully dosed myself three times a day, and the UTI never presented itself. Is it possible that I was just being paranoid? Absolutely. Is it possible that the Oil of Oregano worked? Absolutely. 

Fast forward to the end of the first week of school this fall: Hendrik, of course, brings home a cold to share with the family. I started getting that sore throat, painful sinus, fuzzy head feeling that tells me I’m about to get knocked over the head, so I started dosing myself with Oil of Oregano again. I took 3 drops under my tongue 4 times a day (and washed it down with a good deal of water). 

The cold never took hold of my body. 

Two weeks later, (a mere 5 days after the kids had finally gotten over the first cold of the school year) another cold entered the house. I repeated the same treatment of Oil of Oregano, and again, I didn’t get the cold. 

This is strangely bizarre for me because, as those who know me well know, I catch everything and I catch it good. Colds, influenza, H1N1 – oh, I get it all. My former boss finally told me that I really shouldn’t worry about how many sick days I was taking, I should just stay home (ie: AWAY FROM THEM) when I was sick as many days as needed. 

This is my limited experience, but all signs are pointing towards “Holy crap, Oil of Oregano actually keeps me from getting sick!”

Method: When I feel something going askew in my body, I start taking 3 drops of oil of oregano under my tongue 3-4 times a day. I leave it there for about 30 seconds and then wash it down with a glass of water. 

Conclusion: Oil of oregano works for me thus far! I haven’t caught anything that the kids or husband has brought home this past month, and it’s highly unusual for me not to get sick when everyone else is getting sick. It tastes awful, guys, but it seems to work!

Here’s what Dr Oz has to say about Oil of Oregano:

Oil of oregano, which is distilled from the flowers and leaves of the oregano plant, could be one of nature’s most powerful antibiotics. This natural and versatile oil can be used in multiple ways to help defend you from infection by dangerous bacteria.

How It Works: Oil of oregano contains a compound called carvacrol, which has been shown to help break through the outer cell membranes that help protect bacteria from the immune system. Studies have shown that oil of oregano is effective at killing bacteria, and could also help the immune system take action against viruses, fungi and parasites.

Here’s the deal, y’all. I’m not a medical professional. Always talk to your healthcare provider before taking something if you’re unsure of how you’ll react to it or how it will affect your current medication. My experience will not necessarily be yours, but I would LOVE to know if this is just a placebo effect – tell me – does Oil of Oregano work for you? 

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Jenn vanOosten

I live in Hamilton, Ontario, and love my city. I'm a Netflixer, choral music geek, bookworm, inventor of recipes (I take Artistic Licence on EVERYTHING that I make), wife of one, mother of two, and owner of a neurotic Schnauzer. I respect people who respect others. I love good food that's well done, but my favourite lunch is KD & hotdogs. With ketchup. I'm addicted to Clearance Shopping. I will ALWAYS get the product that I want at the price that I want, eventually.


  1. Yes! Essential oils in general are amazing! I’ve had such success with making cleaners, diffusing as air freshener, soothing and aiding healing of my hubby’s infected-looking softball wound, seasonal allergies, migraines and on and on. I love the oils so much I buy new ones to try every month. Make sure to stick to pure essential oils – some of the companies trick you and slip some pretty scary stuff in there! I have a virtual shop since I loved them so much. Here it is if you’re ever interested in learning more! http://www.mydoterra.com/saltspringoils

  2. I have heard a lot about Oil of Oregano, but have never had the nerve to try it…. I have a quick gag reflex and not sure I could handle it

  3. Oil of oregano is a miracle oil. It does work wonders. I swear by it . I had to stop when I got pregnant and was breastfeeding though. But you are taking to many drops at once and to often. You only need 1-2 drops once a day . You can actually over dose and become very sick . Oil of oregano kills all bacteria in your body including the good stuff so you can be prone to yeast infections , counteract with eating yougurt . It works wonders as a toothpaste to .

  4. Wasn’t aware the Oil of Oregano was helpful in regards to UTI’s!

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