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Oregano Oil and Gastritis

What is gastritis?
Gastritis is the inflammation of the lining of the stomach. It happens in several conditions such as prolonged use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs or NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen and Naproxen, excessive intake of alcohol or after major trauma such as surgery, injury and burns. Infection from Helicobacter Pylori bacteria and diseases such as Pernicious Anemia, Chronic Bile Reflux and Autoimmune Disorders, as well as stress can also cause gastritis.

Gastritis presents as abdominal upset and pain, as well as nausea and vomiting, belching, bloating and burning and feeling of fullness in the upper abdomen. When blood in the stools or vomit is seen, it already requires immediate medical attention.

How can oregano oil help relieve gastritis?
Oregano oil is an anti-inflammatory (Landa, et al., 2009), which can work well for your gastritis. Shortly after taking it, you will experience a notable decrease in the pain and other symptoms of gastritis. Its anti-spasmodic properties will quickly relieve the nausea and vomiting, as well as the diarrhea and indigestion you may be experiencing.

Because infection caused by H.pylori bacteria is the most common cause of gastritis, oregano oil may be useful against it. Studies have suggested that oregano oil’s antimicrobial effects can be effective against H.pylori (Stamatis, et al., 2003).

How should oregano oil be used for gastritis?
To use oregano oil for gastritis, dilute 1 drop of full strength oregano oil in 50 drops of extra virgin olive oil and place it in a glass bottle with a dropper. Take 2 to 4 drops of this solution by mouth and then follow it up with some water or fruit juice to wash it out. It may taste funny and burn slightly for a few minutes, but then it’ll take effect and you’ll forget about it.

Please do not forget to consult your doctor if you’re taking medication or have other medical conditions that may react badly with the oregano oil. Taking oregano oil is not advisable for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as for very young children and older adults.

If you want a quick, inexpensive and natural way of treating the symptoms of gastritis, you may want to try oregano oil. It’s a powerful essential oil that has so many healing properties and can be used in a lot of illnesses and should be a staple in everyone’s homes.


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.

Stamatis G., Kyriazopoulos P., Golegou S., Basayiannis A., Skaltsas S. and Skaltsa H. In vitro anti-Helicobacter pylori activity of Greek herbal medicines. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. 2003; 88(2-3): 175-179.