Stocking the Medicine Shelf: Oregano Oil

It’s mid-July, and no one is thinking about illness. Summer is the season of skinned knees and bug bites in our family, but I can feel winter approaching even now.

I don’t know if this deep-rooted anticipation of cold is just a hang-over from last winter or a portent of blizzards to come, but it’s definitely motivating me this year. I’ve been canning and stockpiling, infusing, drying, and insulating for weeks.

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Today I strained out my oregano oil and mixed some of it up into a balm. I’ve got a beautiful, lush oregano plant in the yard, and I’ve been taking cuttings of it to root new plants as well. I would love to have a house full of healthy, healing herbs all potted up this winter! But, since my house tends to get pretty chilly in January, I’m also stocking up on infused oils and tinctures.

Oregano is one of the best. It’s an anti-everything-bad-herb. Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral. Oregano is amazing. It boosts the immune system and even fights of food poisoning.

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So it’s definitely an herb that good to keep around when illness is in the air. Oregano oil is a great, external option too. I just rub it onto my chest or feet and let it absorb. We also use the oil in salad dressings and on focaccia – it’s just oregano leaves and olive oil!

Recipe:

There really isn’t a recipe for this process. Just fill a jar with oregano leaves and stems, then pour in the olive oil. Cap it and let the jar sit in a sunny spot for at least 3 weeks. Strain out the oregano and you have a deeply healing oil.

I put some of this oil in a little jar all it’s own, then I warmed the rest of the oil and added flakes of beeswax (about a 1:3 ratio of beeswax to oil for a firm balm). I’ll use the oregano balm on the kids if they’re feeling sick, and cuts and scraps that seem to need an antibiotic.

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The balm is still liquid as it cools, my newest oregano cutting is thriving in it’s little pot.. I’m only just now getting better at labeling my herbs. After years of opening each concoction to smell-identify it, I’m learning to be responsible!

Tomorrow, I’ll be starting a new infusion of oregano oil that’s especially for the kitchen. It’s amazing on “everything bagel” focaccia. My hope is, that with a well stocked medicine shelf and a full-to-bursting pantry the up-coming winter will be restful, healthy, and fun!

 

 

 

One Comment Add yours

  1. Brianna says:

    I found your blog after seeing the article about your Family in the Franciscan way magazine, I love it and I am so inspired by what you are doing! Have been going back to read the older posts. We Live in Michigan and have been foraying into more things, veggie garden, chickens, Trying work on my fruit trees and herb garden now, We live in the burbs eventually maybe we will move farther out and get some more land and animals We will have to see what His plan is. Now I will keep reading and thank you so much for all that you share!
    Incidentally I was wondering if you have a specific candle recipe that you use I would love to make some with my kiddos

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