Oregano – a Powerful Herb in the Fight Against Colds & Flu


Oregano is a staple on many spice racks and is a popular seasoning – but it holds exceptional therapeutic benefits too!  

A flowering plant that is a member of the mint family, oregano is native to the Mediterranean region but has become naturalized in more northern climates and grows in many regions across the globe. Its name comes from the Greek words that translate to “joy of the mountain.” It is also known as Wild Marjoram, Himalayan Oregano, Mountain Joy, Greek Oregano, Pizza Herb, and Mountain Mint. 

In recent years, oregano oil has become a popular choice for Canadians to help fight cold & flu viruses, and for good reason!  

Oregano is naturally potent in antioxidants and has powerful antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties and a potent active compound, carvacrol – a terpene –is concentrated in their oil. This is what gives oregano its characteristic, warm odor and therapeutic benefits.  

Carvacrol has concentrated antioxidant effects on the body, protecting cells from free radical damage and has been shown in studies to have anti-viral activity that can be helpful in treating the symptoms of cold and flu.   

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), oregano is known as “Niu Zhi” and helps to clear heat, clear damp heat, circulate qi, disperse wind (especially wind heat), and releases them to the exterior. Therapeutically it is used to treat fever, colds, flu, lung infections, and bronchitis.

Made from certified organic oregano, our Orégano Plus® oils provide a potent, antioxidant rich essential oil containing a minimum of 72% carvacrol. 

They are blended with certified organic extra virgin olive oil and are available in two strengths: 1:3 and extra strength 1:1 ratios. Packaged in amber glass to help preserve its medicinal benefits.

Take 2-3 drops 3-4 times daily in a little water, juice, or milk (helps to cut the intensity of the pungent oil) and is best taken at first sign of cold or flu symptoms.  

Our Orégano Plus® Gel Caps blend premium quality oregano oil along with black seed oil and distilled garlic essential oil a powerful blend of nature’s infection-fighting oils 

Garlic essential oil (distilled) – a classically powerful antimicrobial and antifungal that’s ideal for treating inflammation from sinusitis.    

Black seed oil (Nigella sativa) – with potent antibacterial and antiviral properties, and rich in natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory compounds, nigellone and thymoquinone. Black seed oil has been shown in a clinical trial to significantly reduce all symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis, including congestion, itching, runny nose, nasal swelling, and sneezing. 

Orégano Plus® can help to: 

  • Relieve the symptoms associated with upper respiratory tract conditions. 
  • Ease nasal congestion and buildup of excess mucus. 
  • Combat infections, relieving symptoms of sinus congestion, hay fever, respiratory conditions, and rhinitis. 


Oregano and Sinusitis 

Sinusitis, or inflammation of the mucous membranes in the sinuses is a common cause of secondary infection during cold & flu season. The unique blend of antimicrobial oils in Orégano Plus® gelcaps can also help to alleviate mucus congestion and inflammation and combined with our Sinafect® tincture – it is an effective tool for fighting both chronic and acute sinus infection! 

For acute sinusitis or sinus infection (less than 4 weeks) : Take just under 1/2 teaspoon (2mL) of Sinafect® 3 times a day with a little water at the onset and for the duration of symptoms.   

For chronic sinusitis (longer than 4 weeks): Rotate Sinafect® with Orégano Plus® (1-2 gelcaps twice daily) every 2 weeks (i.e., 2 weeks on Sinafect®, 2 weeks on Orégano Plus® 

Oregano oil is also effective for relieving symptoms when cold & flu season changes to allergy season! Learn more!  

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