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Origanum vulgare vs Origanum minutiflorum

ReThinkOil Origanum vulgare vs Origanum minutiflorum What's the Difference? Blog Post

We're often asked: "I read that vulgare is the best subspecies of Origanum. What is the difference between vulgare and this oil, Origanum minutiflorum?"


The Origanum perennial is a member of the Lamiaceae family and has well over 50 species, subspecies. Species range from the common vulgare to the endemic species of minutiflorum and hypericifolium.

Each species and subspecies of Origanum are made up of similar organic compounds, providing the plant with varying degrees of powerful "anti" properties.

The antimicrobial properties of Origanum include antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic compounds, although many more “anti” properties are known to exist within the plant and have also been scientifically studied. 


Some Commonalities - Vulgare and Minutiflorum:

  • Members of the mint family (Lamiacase)

  • Species/subspecies of Origanum

  • Made up of many organic compounds that provide “anti” properties

  • Antimicrobial properties include: antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial and antiparasitic

Some Key Differences:



Minutiflorum is “rare and grows only at altitudes above 1500m, on rocky soils, and on only two or three mountain massifs in southern Turkey”. 1)

Minutiflorum can only be grown wild.

Minutiflorum only thrives at high-altitudes.

Minutiflorum has no subspecies of its own.

Our minutiflorum is non-standardized.


Vulgare hirtum, Greek or Turkish, is also known as O. heracleoticum, is a subspecies of the ordinary oregano or perennial marjoram (O. vulgare ssp. vulgare). 1)

Vulgare is grown wild and cultivated throughout the world, even in-home gardens.

Vulgare thrives in low altitudes.

Vulgare has many subspecies (ssp.).

Vulgare is oftentimes standardized.


Why does ReThinkOil offer endemic minutiflorum, instead of the commonly sold vulgare?

Our Practitioner wanted to offer our clients a non-standardized, high-altitude grown wild oregano oil with a well balanced natural chemical component profile, suited for everyday and/or therapeutic use. The carvacrol content of minutiflorum is naturally high, eliminating the need for standardization. It is rare to find a non-standardized vulgare with such a profile. 

Prior to making the decision to offer minutiflorum, our Practitioner personally reviewed hundreds of scientific research papers. Minutiflorum was the clear choice to offer our clientele, whether occasional or therapeutic users.

Choosing and using an oil wisely will produce the best outcome.


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Pure/Natural Essential Oils vs Standardized Oils


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