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Poison Oak

Oregano Oil & Poison Oak

What is poison oak?
Poison oak or poison ivy is a woody shrub with oily leaves in groups of 3 that grows in various parts of the United States and Canada. The leaves of the poison oak contain Urushiol, which is an oil that causes an itchy rash in nearly 85% of the population. Direct contact with the poison oak can cause the rash, but forest fires and direct burning can cause the Urushiol to be airborne as well.

Symptoms of poison oak reaction include redness, swelling and severe itching, as well as a skin rash, sometimes with tiny bumps and blisters. The blisters usually take approximately 10 days to heal and leave small pigmented spots on the skin.

How can oregano oil relieve a poison oak reaction?
Oregano oil has anti-allergy effects (Osakabe, et al., 2004), which helps after direct contact with poison oak. Its anti-inflammatory (Landa, et al., 2009) and analgesic properties can also help relieve the symptoms of a poison oak reaction.

Just by applying it to the affected areas, it is possible to stop the itch and promote quicker healing like no other topical medications.

How can oregano oil be used for a poison oak reaction?

Dilute 1 drop of pure wild oregano oil in 10 to 50 drops of extra virgin olive oil. Apply the diluted solution liberally to the affected areas 3 to 4 times daily. You can also add a few drops of the diluted solution to some liquid soap and after making sure it’s blended well, use this poison oak liquid soap to wash the affected areas.

Do not forget to do an allergy test on a small patch of skin before using it and never use oregano oil undiluted because it will burn your skin.

Oregano oil is an amazing poison oak natural remedy. It’s always best to avoid contact with the poison oak, but when accidents do occur, it’s nice to know that inexpensive natural remedies like oregano oil can work to relieve it.


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.

Osakabe N., Takano H., Sanbongi C., Yasuda A., Yanagisawa R., Inoue K. and Yoshikawa T. Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effect of rosmarinic acid (RA); inhibition of seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (SAR) and its mechanism. BioFactors. 2004; 21(1-4): 127-131.