5 Reasons Every Home Should Have Oregano Essential Oil

If you read this blog, see my Facebook posts, or know me personally, you know that I am SUPER- PASSIONATE  about taking control of my health and helping you to do the same.  However, it is in my nature to be suspicious of anything I’m told, or read, or hear.  And so, to get to the truth, I research, and then research some more.  (I basically read non-fiction books like they’re great American novels and spend more time on websites like Pubmed.com than any normal person.)

Also, it is in my nature to believe that when we know about natural options, most of us would prefer that over toxic chemicals.  I mean, hey, we all want to feel good and feel capable of amazing things as often as possible, right?  I think we get so much conflicting information that it’s hard to know what actually, truly helps.  I like to think it’s my purpose in life to do the reading, try to understand the science behind it, and then share what I’ve learned to be true with all of you; share what is working for me and many others.

If you only change one thing to be healthier, to keep your family healthier, it is this: change what you put into your body.  Eat real food.  Use natural, non-toxic products for everything — cleaning, bathing, skincare, supplements, etc.

Today, I thought I’d share a little bit about one of my favorite herbs, oregano, and how it can be useful in supporting your natural lifestyle.  Oregano; it’s not just for pizza anymore!


One of the most powerful essential oil supplements is Oregano essential oil.*

* Yep, Young Living has a whole line of 100% pure essential oil supplements that you can take internally, add to food (like pasta sauce and salad dressings), use aromatically, and topically.  The other companies sell oils that clearly state right on the label “not for internal use,” and I believe them.

*Did you know that the FDA only requires that an essential oil bottle contain 5% pure oil in order for the label to read “pure” and “therapeutic grade?”  That’s scary right?  I mean, what’s the rest of it?  Chemicals?  A cheaper oil?  I don’t like to take chances with what I put in my body, so it’s Young Living all the way for me!

*I use and trust only Young Living essential oils and ONLY take them as recommended and as labeled and approved by the FDA.  Here is a link to Young Living Oregano Vitality, a 100% pure, truly therapeutic grade essential oil.  It is a powerhouse and one of my go-to oils for maintaining wellness.

Things you might not know about oregano:

  • Oregano is a member of the mint family
  • It’s a perennial herb with purple flowers
  • It prefers hot, relatively dry climates and the quality of its oil depends on the growing conditions such as soil, climate, and harvesting
  • It is a staple culinary herb in Italian, Italian American, Greek, and Mediterranean cuisine
  • Oregano oil has been used in folk medicine since ancient times, even by Hippocrates (the father of medicine)
  • A key constituent of it is carvacrol (click here to read about this amazing mono-terpenoid phenol)


5 Reasons Every Home Should Have Oregano Essential Oil

  1. Oregano May Help Maintain Healthy Lungs: Oregano Essential Oil is being studied as a medical treatment for cystic fibrosis due to its ability to fight microbes in the respiratory tract.  (View the study here.)
  2. Oregano May Help Us Age Gracefully: Studies show that Oregano Essential Oil protects against cell damage as a potent antioxidant. (You can look up scientific studies on Oregano E.O.  and all sorts of things on Pub Med.  Here’s one study to back this up.)
  3.  Oregano May Help to Maintain Intestinal Health: Studies done on pigs have shown that Oregano Essential Oil improves the intestinal barrier integrity (preventing a leaky-gut situation) and promotes a healthy immune system in pigs. Scientists conduct many studies on pigs before they take the concept to human testing (for obvious reasons).  (You can see that study here.)  FYI, pigs are so similar to us in biology that we actually use pig parts when replacing heart valves and closing wounds in general surgery.  (More info here.)
  4. Oregano May Fight Inflammation: Oregano Essential Oil is a power anti-inflammatory, according to Dr. Mercola.  (More info here.)  Inflammation is thought to be the single most wide-spread health issue behind most chronic disease, such as fibromyalgia, asthma, neuropathy, GERD, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Hashimoto’s Disease, gall bladder disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, allergies, heart disease, and many more.  (More details here.)
  5. Oregano May Support Breast Health: Studies suggest that Oregano E.O. “clearly demonstrated anti-tumor effects of carvacrol on human metastatic breast cancer cells.” (See the study here.)  My grandmother died of breast cancer.  It’s something I take very seriously.  I’ve even been a volunteer massage therapist giving away free chair massages at the Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, at the Cleveland Metropark’s Zoo.

At $11.75 (the member price), for Oregano Vitality (an essential oil made to be taken internally and labeled as such) you are paying about $0.15 per drop.  In my book, that’s as reasonable as it gets for something so incredibly wonderful.  If someone told you that oils are just too expensive, here’s your evidence to the contrary.

Dr. Mercola, over at Mercola.com says this about Oregano E.O.

This…medicinal herb…oregano contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. Additionally, oregano, which is sometimes called “wild marjoram” in Europe (and is closely related to the herb sweet marjoram2) contains potent phytochemicals that provide potential health benefits.

If you’d like to learn more about using Oregano or any other essential oil to support your wellness, I’d love to help you.  Oils have become a daily (awesome) part of my life and I know that they can benefit you and your family too.  You can contact me here.  **Please note that I am not a doctor and I cannot diagnose, prescribe, or recommend treatment for any medical conditions, at all, ever.

Here is a link to get your oils at 24% off, through me.  I’ll also make sure that you get the very best resource book to help guide you and some lovely essential oil gifts to welcome you to the Young Living family.

May you be well, live in abundance, and know your worth.


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Ditch The Toxic Chemicals: What’s In Your Soap? DIY Natural Hand Soap for Cheap!

Have you ever read the label on your hand soap?  I am a label reader, but even I have never read my soap bottle label… until the other day.  I knew there’d be unpronounceable chemicals, but what I didn’t expect was that my soap- that we all wash our hands with many times each day- is actually toxic to our bodies.

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate:  Causes irritation, organ system toxicity, & contamination concerns.
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine: Causes allergies, immunotoxicity , ecotoxicology (which means it’s toxic to a wide range of organisms), & contamination concerns.
  • Polyquaternium-7: Causes organ system toxicity, ecotoxicology, & contamination concerns.
  • Fragrance: Causes allergies, immunotoxicity, irritation to the skin, eyes, and/or lungs

*Immunotoxicity means it is toxic to our immune system.

* Ecotoxicology means it is being studied because it is toxic to a wide range of organisms.

Yeah, I know…and that’s just some of the possible and likely ingredients no matter what bottle of pump hand soap you buy off the store shelves.

Here’s the thing.  What is on the store shelves is not necessarily safe.

Here is a link to the Environmental Working Group’s database for a common hand soap that I have personally bought many times at the store.  Maybe it’s what you’re using now?

Did you know that you can make your own, fancy-pants, awesome smelling, natural, safe, non-toxic soap for next to nothing.

First, you’ll need a dispenser.  Look around your home.  Maybe you have one?  Make sure it’s glass.

Start with one 8 oz Glass Soap Dispenser Bottle (I chose a dark cobalt blue glass pump to protect the essential oils from sunlight damage.  You could also buy amber or use a pump you already have.  Glass is the non-toxic choice since plastics leach chemicals like BPA (found in cancer tumors).

You will need just 3 ingredients.  Your family will never again be “washing” with toxic chemicals.

1/3 Cup Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Baby Unscented Castile Soap

Distilled Water

10 Drops of Essential Oil*

* I chose to use Thieves essential oil because I love the scent and I know it’s helping to clean and purify our skin while boosting our immune systems.  (I still can hardly believe I’ve been using something that is actually damaging my immune system for all these years!)

Add these the Castile soap, 10 drops of essential oil (if using), and fill the bottle with distilled water.  Shake it up.  That’s it.

Here is the cost breakdown if you, like me, want to know how much it’ll cost you and how much you’re saving vs buying the “natural” brand soap from the store:

One time cost of glass soap dispenser is $6.25.  I couldn’t find what I wanted at any local stores, so I bought mine from Amazon and had them shipped in 2 days for free with my Prime membership (worth every penny).  I didn’t include this cost in my $1.00 recipe since I’ll be using these for many years to come.

Dr. Bronner’s Hemp Baby Castile Soap, Unscented cost me $11.99 at my local high-end grocery store.  You can purchase it online here for a bit more, but it’ll get delivered right to your door.  Using only 1/3 Cup means at $11.99, I’m spending about $1.00 on soap.

Distilled Water, enough to fill up the dispenser, cost me about $0.05.

You can stop here and you’re cost is $1.05.  Compare that to the “natural” soap bottles at the store.  They’re easily $5 or more these days.

Essential Oils are the variable that you can adjust.  I chose Thieves which costs about $0.14/drop.  I used 10 drops for a cost of $1.40 to boost my soap from simple and straightforward to something I love and at about one third the price of anything I’d buy at store that is even close in natural-non-toxic-ness.

So, you can make up a batch of natural, non-toxic soap for about $1.05.  Adding 10 drops of Thieves brought my total cost up to $2.45.  If you want to keep the price lower, you could choose an oil like Grapefruit ($0.07/drop), Lemon ($0.05/drop), or Peppermint ($0.09/drop), or a combination of those.

This little post is really about me waking up and realizing how what we all think of as normal, ordinary stuff, like washing our hands, is slowly, over time, building up and poisoning our bodies.  Shame on the companies that sell this toxic chemical crap.  I’m done with them.

Fight the good fight and kick the chemicals to the curb along with me!

Welcome to the oily revolution and my to my Oily Wellness Tribe.





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