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Oregano Oil and Herpes

What is herpes?
Herpes simplex or simply herpes is a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 and 2. It can manifest in the face and mouth through herpetic lesions called cold sores. Oral herpes is the most common type of herpes. Genital herpes can also occur and it simply means that the blisters manifested in the genitals. There are also other disorders caused by the herpes simplex virus such as herpetic whitlow, herpes gladiatorum, ocular herpes and a lot more.

Herpes is characterized by periods of active disease presenting with infectious lesions lasting 2 to 21 days and remissions. The HSV or herpes simplex virus may lie dormant on the nerve cells and body tissues for a time until it actively presents through blisters or viral shedding.

Genital herpes may be asymptomatic and only viral shedding occurs, wherein the virus travels to the surface of the skin through the nerve pathways. It is during this time that the virus is contagious. Herpes is generally transmitted through direct contact with a lesion or body fluids of an infected person.

How can oregano oil relieve the symptoms of herpes?
Herpes is one of the illnesses that oregano oil can effectively relieve. Although oregano oil cannot completely kill the virus, recent studies suggest that monoterpenes, which can be found in oregano oil were able to inhibit the HSV-1 virus by more than 80% (Astani, et al., 2009). If one experiences an outbreak though, diluted oregano oil can also be applied topically to stop the pain and itching after just a few minutes.

According to Dr. Cass Ingram in the book “The Cure is in the Cupboard”, in a study performed by Sidiqqui about the effect of oregano oil to the herpes virus, the substance can destroy the herpes virus by disintegrating it.

How should oregano oil be used for herpes?
Dr. Ingram suggests rubbing the oregano oil over the spinal column everyday because the virus lives there while it’s dormant. He also said to take at least 5 drops of diluted oregano oil sublingually or under the tongue twice daily.

During herpes outbreaks, it is recommended to take 3 drops of diluted oregano oil by mouth every hour or every 2 hours to immediately stop the attack. Follow up with a glass of water to wash it out. You can also place 3 to 4 drops of oregano oil in a capsule if you prefer. You may also apply oregano oil directly to your herpetic lesions and although it might hurt for a few minutes, it will eliminate the pain and the itching.

If you are taking medications, consult the doctor before taking oregano oil internally to prevent any unwanted drug interactions. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should not be using it and exercise caution when giving it to the elderly and very young children. Before applying it topically, do a patch test first to determine whether or not you’re allergic to oregano oil for your safety.


Astani A., Reichling J. and Schnitzler P. Comparative study on the antiviral activity of selected monoterpenes derived from essential oils. Phytotherapy Research. 2009 Aug 3.