Last Modified on Apr 18, 2014
Oil of oregano is an especially effective natural treatment for sinus infection as well as for a wide range of other conditions. While many herbs worldwide possess medicinal properties, oregano is a healing marvel having both antibacterial and antioxidant properties. Natural remedies are more beneficial than mainstream treatments for many ailments (when used appropriately) as the body does not usually become resistant to herbal cures.
The Problem with Traditional Sinus Medication
While the theory behind traditional medicine is good, the reality isn’t always so positive. The regular use of antibiotics and other mainstream medications leads to immunity within the body, which makes important treatment options less effective. These treatments also often kill even the good bacteria in the body, which makes the body more susceptible to future illness.
Oil of Oregano – A Natural Remedy
In contrast, oil of oregano is a safe, natural home remedy that effectively treats sinus infection without altering the body’s natural balance. Oregano has been used as an important medicinal herb for over 2,000 years. It is grown in the Mediterranean region (and in backyards and sunny windowsills almost everywhere!) and has increased in culinary and medicinal use in recent years. Oregano contains specific compounds that make it an effective natural health treatment.
How oregano oil works:
Oregano has very potent antibacterial and antioxidant properties. In fact, on a gram per gram comparison, oregano has 42 times more antioxidant abilities than apples. When oil of oregano is used as an alternative sinus infection treatment, it eliminates the underlying cause of the condition. The oil also possesses specific anti-inflammatory properties, relieving swelling in the nasal cavities and facilitating freer flow of mucus in the nasal passages.
How to use oregano oil:
Treating sinus conditions using oregano oil is fairly straightforward. One treatment method requires just a drop or two of oregano oil beneath the tongue. (Anyone who finds the taste objectionable can put the oil into an empty gel capsule.) An additional option involves bringing a pot of water to a steam (not boiling), placing a couple of drops of oregano oil in the water and draping a cloth or towel over the head and neck while standing over the pot to breathe in the vapors. Either method is effective.
Many individuals suffer from recurring nasal congestion and sinus infection issues. Oregano oil is one remedy that can be used regularly with few to no side effects. Regular dosing with oregano oil clears the sinuses and restores health to the whole nasal system.
[YEA] 01/30/2014: Sunny from Ca: "I had this terrible sinus infection. It would not budge, I even did garlic water neti pot rinse and it helped but, it still remained( it burns!! ). Finally I gave into buying the expensive oregano oil (I'm of low means). I bought Oreganol Oregano oil capsules regular strength at my health food store like $30 dollars for like 30 pills ( the capsules are so tiny) something like that. I was that desperate having tried many things with improvement but not full success. I worked!! I took 3 a day, till I finished the whole bottle, ( if you can take more then go for it, im sure you will see quicker results, also they have a stronger strength that I will try next time I get sick, but that is more expensive.
I am fully cured of my sinuses no problems! :) Clear healthy sinuses , yes expensive but totally worth it!!
Other information: they are good quality as they did not hurt my stomach, as I have a sensitive one. Highly rated on Amazon, have also tried now foods, those hurt my stomach but are ok. Will be buying some to have for when I get a future flu/infection.
Oregano oil: anti fungal, viral, bacterial... etc
Earth Clinic rocks! Peace.
P.S. if it helps you can you please post a comment below. Thanks!"Replies
02/22/2014: Amanda from Oakland, Ca replies: "I have used oregano oil to effectively fight lots of things. A doctor turned me into it but WARNED, like antibiotics, it shouldn't be taken more than 10 days in a row. It's hard on the stomach & you can get an immunity to it if over consumed."
03/14/2014: Jan from Texas replies: "I strictly use the oregano oil. It can cure many more things and sinus, but it stopped the flu virus with 30 drops of oregano oil in it my water, gone the next day Yahoo!"
[YEA] 11/28/2013: Lisa from St. Charles, Mo: "My daughter uses all types of oils for her family and after having constant blisters inside my nose which seemed like they would never heal, researched and told me about oil of oregano. I use it on the bottom of my feet at bedtime and within a few day, the infection was gone. The first sign of another infection, I starting using the oil again and haven't had an issue since."
02/01/2013: Mary from Miami, Fl: "I am prone to sinus infections but I refuse to take antibiotics because they do not work. This morning I was sitting on my patio reading the post on apple cider vinegar and oil of Oregano and I though since I have an infection now and the mucs is green and presure around my eyes why not try the apple cider vinegar which I give to my husband for acid reflux and it has done miracles for him. I made some turmeric tea and honey and put two table spoon of apple cider vinegar and went to my garden where I have fresh oregano I put some in my tea as well, I also pressed the leaves till some oils came from it and put it in my nostril and under my tongue. Whithin 5 minutes I started feeling the presure subsiding and my nose opened up. I will continued with this and will keep you posted."
[YEA] 09/24/2011: Gtcharlie from Losangeles, Ca: "I found Oil of Oregano the most effective!
I had a sinal infection a while back. The prescribed antibiotic didn't work. After two days, I gave up and used the OOO instead. I took the kind that has 64 mg Carvacrol and Thynol, 3 capsules 3 times a day to start. Improvement was felt only two hours later, much less pressure the next day! 9 capsules a day until infection was under controlled (you can feel the action, definitely), followed by 2 by 3 for 3-4 more days (infection gone) and 2x2 for another week for maintanance. I was so convinced by this herb that I would take 2x2 whenever I feel anything funny; gum infection, viral infection in a cold, etc. The infection would usually go away within the same day. Of course, we are all different - the way that worked for me might not be the right thing for you. Pay attention to your body's reaction while taking it. I didn't have any side effect taking 9 capsules a day. I found it insufficient when I tried to get down a bit. I would, with no reservation, recommend this wonderful herb to anyone."
[YEA] 07/10/2011: Robin from Juneau, Alaska: "First, I love this site and especially Ted.. you are a gift to us all.
I have struggled with sinus infections most of my life, but never like I have since moving to Southeast Alaska where pollen and mold proliferates. Being a Type 2 Diabetic, I am prone to infections and don't always adhere to the sugar free diet as I should. Last year I spent more than 5 months with a chronic respiratory infection that was finally arrested with my 3rd round of antibiotics and supplemented with Oil of Oregano drops.
I have been infection free until about a month ago. It flared up again and has caused me severe pain, fever and chills until I saw the dr last week and was placed on another round of doxycycline (I am allergic to most antibiotics.. This is one I can still take). Well, after a week, it should be gone, but it isn't. In fact, the fever and chills are returning. Today I returned to your website to review the options again (I used the neti pot but it's not working on this one). I read about the oil of oregano and went in to get my bottle out of my first aid kit. Rather than use drops under the tongue, I went straight for a Qtip saturated with the oil and swabbed both sides of my nasal cavities as far up as I could comfortably get the Qtip. Within seconds my nose began to burn from the oil, but relief was almost immediate. I sat down with a cup of hot tea and suddenly felt the stuff break loose in my cavities and start down my throat. The heat of the oil set me on fire, literally. My eyes teared up and I felt like I had sniffed a handful of horseradish up my nose.
I have absolutely NO SINUS PAIN. It's as if I imagined the problem. I plan to take this direct approach (and hope there are no side effects from oregano oil directly applied to the sinus area). The result is amazing."Replies
10/28/2013: Beryl from Preston Lancs Uk replies: "Thankyou so much for taking the trouble to relate your exeriences and symptoms, I really appreciate this as I have been struggling with firstly ear infection, 2nd really bad sinus infection, and thirdly it has affected my teeth with also nasty taste and medium bleeding on arrising the morning . I will now try the peroxide remedy as going to the surgery will be my last resort, thankyou so much for your kindness. Beryl"
[YEA] 01/18/2010: Elizabeth from Kankakee, Il: "I had been sick with sinus infections and lower respiratory problems for 2 and a half months - I went through 2 rounds of antibiotics that failed - I finally put a few drops of oregano oil in a pan of water I had just boiled and threw a towel over my head. I breathed in the steam (with my eyes closed!) for about 10 minutes. The next day,I can't say I felt better, but "different". Every day after that I felt better and better, and after the 4th day I was no longer sick - at all. I mentioned this to a friend of mine who was sick and she got the same results I did - I will do this everytime I feel like I may be getting as cold or flu - it was amazing for me - and free, since I already had the oil in my medicine cabinet!"Replies
01/18/2010: Gean from Salina, Ks replies: "Did you do this every day for four days, or only that first day? Thank you."
[YEA] 02/22/2010: Dana from Toronto, Ontario, Canada replies: "I recently was having a terrible time with post-nasal drip, which, when I woke up in the morning, started feeling as if infection was setting in. Not a fan of antibiotics, I tried oil of oregano as I've used it to treat colds in the past. It really does taste quite awful which is why you have to administer it in drops under the tongue. But I felt immediate results and am now on my second day with it. I no longer feel as if an infection is setting in and there's a noticeable difference in the amount of goop in my throat - and my voice even sounds better. Highly recommended!"
[YEA] 08/14/2012: Lavon from Lakewood, Ohio Usa replies: "Miracle, wonderful remedy. I tried this last night and I slept like a baby. You are right it was as if I had never had a sinus problem. I gathered some fresh oregano from my neighbor's garden and heated it in some olive oil. I put the oil on a q-tip and swabbed my nostril membranes. Then I held the leaves under my tongue, until dry. I feel wonderful! God is good and his herbs are fabulous! Thank you!"
[WARNING!] 04/10/2008: Randahl from San Jose, California: "For those looking to use Oil of Oregano for it's antimicrobial properties, I would like to specify that Oil of Oregano is NOT Oregano Essential oil, which would have to be diluted. If you're looking to buy this remedy, make sure that the ingredients list states that there is a carrier oil (like olive oil). Otherwise, be prepared to dilute it yourself, or there could be serious negative effects.
I have seen some people writing in remedies that include putting undiluted essential oils on their skin. I think I saw a remedy for headaches or migraines that recommended putting peppermint essential oil on the temples. I have been studying aromatherapy for 5 years, and one of the most basic lessons is that you almost NEVER use essential oils undiluted. Peppermint essential oil in particular is considered to be a skin irritant to all skin types when used undiluted. If put on the temples, the strength of the fumes could seriously irritate the eyes and the delicate area around the eye. If you are going to try any remedy including essential oils, DILUTE FIRST! Even if the remedy doesn't specify it, you'll be saving yourself from possible complications."
[NAY] 03/30/2008: Riya from Bangalore, India: "I read about the remedy oil of oregano and purchased it from an online seller last year. This is really powerful stuff and I've been using it for my son's recurring viral infections with dramatic results. However, the oil actually made my sinus infection much worse. I thought the severity of my symptoms warranted around 8 drops a day under my tongue every 3-4 hours and continued the dose for 4 days. Every day I experienced a worsening of symptoms including asthma and stuffed nose with thick greenish-yellow discharge of mucous. I believe the oregano was responsible for it firstly, because the symptoms eased off when I stopped it and second, I read somewhere that yeast infections are typically exacerbated with good bacteria die-offs which is probably what the oregano was doing in those big doses. I wasn't eating enough yoghurt to compensate either. Just a note to everyone out there to be careful with overdoing the oregano oil. I'm doing far better with 2 cloves of garlic 5-6 times a day, lots of water, the homeopathic remedy arsenicum album 30X every 2-3 hours, and drastic reduction of refined carbs in my diet."
[YEA] 03/15/2008: Aaron from Chicago, IL: "God and Oil of Oregano cured my sinus infection! Like many, one sinus infection after the other over the years. Tried, antibiotics, netti pot, homeopathics, echinacea, golden seal, tumeric, vitamin c, apple cider vinegar, acidophulus, gave up cheese and milk and other dairy items, gave up sugars. None of these did the job. Two weeks ago a cold turned into a sinus infection, with thick green and brown phlegm. On Saturday, the cold turned feverish. By 5:00 p.m, felt terrible, with a fever of 100. Online to do research. My wife, meanwhile, mentioned oil of oregano. I checked it out and discovered the Georgetown study, where it cured some drug resistant staph infections. Oil of oregano is believed to have both anti-bacterial and ant-viral properties. My wife had some in the cupboard. Decided to try it. Two drops under the tongue. Tasted terrible. Burned. Went to bed. Woke up at 6:00 p.m, an hour later, still felt terrible, but temperature had dropped to 99.1. Then, 30 minutes later, took temperature again, it was 98.6. Never in my life have I seen such immediate effects from anything. (But let's give God the credit, shall we? After all, it's God who makes the natural remedies in the first place. And it's God who directs us to the right cure at the right time. Let's always put God first and we'll always be the better for it.) Over the next 5 days, I increased the dosage to four drops under the tongue every 2-3 hours. Over those five days, the phlegm slowly changed from green and brown to clear. Sinus infection now gone completely. I would not have credited Oil of Oregano with the healing had it not been for seeing the immediate decrease in my temperature at those times. Nor would I have stuck with it when I did not see the same immediate results with the nasal secretions. But it handled it. I've continued a maintenance dose everyday since, of about five drops once a day. I recommend buying a bottle, but make sure it's wild oregano, and using it at the first sign of a cold or flu. One amazing remedy from Upstairs!"
[YEA] 11/12/2007: Renee from Los Angeles, CA: "I came down with a most horrible sinus infection after getting a really bad head cold. I was desperate! I even went to a conventional pharmacy to ask for help- which of course, they couldn't do. So, I went to the health food store in my neighborhood and the lady there recommended wild oil of oregano. WOW! Is this stuff powerful! It is day 2 and the pain is completely gone and I can breathe freely. It is really hot (I take it sub-lingually) even though it is in an olive oil base. I have spent more money than I care to mention trying to find something that really worked- and this really does. I also irrigate my sinuses with a colloidal silver spray. The combination of these two things is the best I've found so far."
[YEA] 02/14/2007: Marie from Dallas, TX: "Oil of Oregano for Sinus Infection: Wanted to first say that I haven't had ice cream in years, and I'd never had a sinus infection until....I ate ice cream at a dinner party last Dec (to avoid insulting the hosts) & 3 days later had a nasty sinus infection. I will never touch the stuff again. . (Thanks!) I started seriously looking for natural cures when I lost sense of smell & taste due to clogged sinuses. The inhaled salt water & ACV steams helped with that, but it was the oil of oregano that finally got rid of the infection for good. A big thanks to the person who posted this remedy. I took four drops every 2 hours for about 4 days, then tapered down for the next 10 days. I started feeling better on day 2, but had it completely kicked by day 11. Thanks for this wonderful site."
[YEA] 01/09/2007: Nikki from Vernal, Utah: "Oregano Oil. We bought the stuff from North American Herb and Spice that has cumin and sage in it called Oregacyn. Also have recently started taking Apple Cider Vinegar. Oregacyn completely cures sinus infections and completely reversed my son's asthma. ACV helps eradicate sinus stuffiness and itchy patches on the skin. I wanted to recommend a couple of other books that are definitely worth reading in your "Worth Reading" section: 1. The Cure is in the Cupboard by Cass Ingram. I love this book it is about oregano and it helped my son so much with his asthma. 2. The Fungus Link by Doug Kaufmann, I love his show-I am a faithful watcher every week day. I truly believe fungus is among us! 3. Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Patrick Quillin. This book was a wonderful guide to help my mother when she was battling lung cancer. The book outlines which foods can help our body heal from cancer during chemotherapy and radiation treatments, as well as which foods can help stave off chemo sickness during treatment. I love the nutritional aspect of improving the immune system. Thanks for your time. Love the website-I think I could become an addict to it!"
[YEA] 12/20/2006: Emily from Chandler, AZ: "organic oregano oil ( capsules size 00 ) 4 drops in capsule every 2 hours the first day and every 4 hours and then every 6 and then every 8 for a period of 10 days cures sinus infections. I have a friend that uses essential oils. I didn't have insurance at the time so i called her at my wits end. I normally am prescribed Zithromax and Prednisode ( a steroid) that's how severe my sinus infections normally are. You take it for 10 days and it fights off the infection. Also peppermint oil rubbed around your sinus area ( use a 1 to 1 ratio with cold pressed extra virgin olive oil) it gets your nose running right away. You do have to take it for 10 days or it can come back. Using this in combination to the other remedies on here will take care of the bacterial and viral sinus infections. (i get both!) Hope it helps. I've been doing this for the last 2 times i got a sinus infection."