Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a popular flavoring spice native to Europe. It is used extensively in cooking for its fragrance, especially in the Italian and Mediterranean cuisines.
Oregano oil is extracted from the leaves and shoots of the oregano plant. Traditionally, the oil has been used for treating digestive troubles and cold. This essential oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties.
Benefits of Oregano for Your Skin
This oil is popular in skin care products because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of carvacrol
Collagen is an important structural component of the skin. It also prevents premature aging. Carvacrol promotes collagen synthesis by activating the genes involved in collagen production. The antioxidants present in oregano essential oil may also help in preventing cellular damage.
The anti-fungal properties of the oil may help treat dandruff and boost scalp health. However, research is limited in this regard.
How to Use Oregano for the Skin
The oil can be used in various ways on the skin, based on the nature of the problem that you are trying to tackle. With its superpower nutrients, the oil is popularly used on acne-prone skin for a natural-looking flawless look.
The oil must be diluted with a carrier oil of your choice before being applied to the skin. If you are a beginner, make sure to use a very small quantity of oil.
You can add about 1% to 2% of oregano oil to carrier oil. If the blend works for you, the proportion of oregano oil can be increased gradually. You can use a cotton ball to apply the oil to the acne 2-3 times in a day. You can use this remedy for one or two weeks but make sure not to use it more than that.
If you have oily skin, using a carrier oil to dilute oregano oil may not be a great idea. In this instance, you can prepare a water solution with the oil. Add a few drops of the oil to half a glass of water. This solution can be applied gently on the pimples with a cotton ball.