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Oregano Oil & Arthritis

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a chronic condition that is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems that people suffer from. It is actually the primary cause of disability for those over 55 years old in developed countries.

There are many types of arthritis, but the most common forms are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gouty arthritis. Although these diseases possess different sets of symptoms and causes, they all involve joint stiffness, pain, inflammation and in severe cases, loss of function and disability.

How can oregano oil reduce the risk of arthritis?

Oregano oil is a great herbal remedy for arthritis because of its components carvacrol and  terpenes, which has excellent anti-inflammatory (Landa, et al., 2009) and analgesic properties. By applying it to your joints, you will be able to reduce joint pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, without putting yourself at risk for the dangerous side effects of Corticosteroids.

In the book published in 1982 called “The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties”, author Jean Valnet (1982) described how well oregano oil rivals or even surpasses the recommended pharmacologic treatments in relieving pain and inflammation and even compares it to the potency of the drug Morphine in providing pain relief.

How should oregano oil be used in arthritis?

What’s great about oregano oil is that it deeply penetrates your tissues to reach the synovial fluid in the joints to relieve pain and decrease swelling. This allows your joints to heal faster and easier. To use it, simply combine 1 drop of oregano oil with 5 drops of carrier oil like olive oil or almond oil then apply it to affected joints. This will also work for sprains, sore muscles, tendonitis, bursitis, cramps and other inflammatory conditions. As always, it is recommended that you do a patch test because it can cause severe allergic reactions to some people.

Others choose to take oregano oil internally. You can do this by adding 2 drops of oregano oil to a full glass of water or juice or take it in capsule form to avoid irritating the mucous membranes. It is recommended that you increase your fluid intake during this period to enhance its therapeutic effect. Do not take it for more than 6 weeks or pause for at least 2 weeks if you would like to continue using it. You are encouraged to take iron supplements with oregano oil if you’re taking it for prolonged periods because it could reduce your body’s ability to absorb it. Please consult a doctor if you’re taking other medications and supplements to avoid any harmful drug interactions. Pregnant and lactating mothers should not take oregano oil.

Oregano oil is natural, inexpensive, safe and effective for relieving pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Make sure you’re using the essential oil from wild oregano or Origanum vulgare instead of the regular kind you can purchase at the grocery to get its full effect.


Landa P., Kokoska L., Pribylova M., Vanek T. and Marsik P. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of carvacrol: Inhibitory effect on COX-2 catalyzed prostaglandin E(2) biosynthesis. Archives of Pharmacal Research. 2009; 32(1): 75-78.

Valnet J. The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties. Healing Arts Press; 1982.