Latin Name:  Origanum vulgare 
Part of Plant: Herb
Country of Origin: Spain
Method of Production: Steam Distillation


Origanum vulgare, commonly known as Oregano and sometimes wild marjoram, is a flowering perennial that is a member of the Lamiaceae (formally Labiatae) botanical family.  Native to Europe and Asia and now cultivated worldwide, it is a popular culinary herb that is well-known for seasoning Italian dishes.


Oregano essential oil with its warm, pungent herbaceous aroma, blends well with most spice and herb oils.  It is another essential oil that is considered to be a hot oil that should be used with caution and generally not suggested for topical use.  It is popular in small amounts in blends during the fall and winter seasons.  Try diffusing sparingly with oils like Lemon, Lime, Douglas Fir, and Rosemary for a clean, invigorating aroma to freshen the air.  


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of an essential oil blend to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of an essential oil blend to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Dermal Max: 1.1% 

Avoid use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Possible drug interaction; embryotoxicity; may inhibit blood clotting.  It is also known for skin sensitization and mucous membrane irritation.  Use caution in certain instances with anyone who has peptic ulcers, any bleeding disorders, is taking blood thinners or diabetic medication, near surgery, or with children under two.  If under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone


Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy



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