FAQ- Oregano Oil

Oregano Oil

I heard that vulgare is the best subspecies of Origanum. What is the difference between vulgare, vulgare ssp. hirtum and this oil, Origanum minutiflorum/?

The Origanum perennial is a member of the Lamiaceae family and has well over 50 species and subspecies, ranging 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 that provide the plant varying degrees of powerful "anti" properties.

Origanum's highly sought-after antimicrobial properties 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 cultivated and grown wild throughout the world, even in-home gardens.

Vulgare thrives in low altitudes.

Vulgare has many subspecies (ssp.).

Vulgare is often standardized.

Is ReThinkOil Oregano Oil Therapeutic Grade?

Because the US government does not recognize the term “Therapeutic Grade”, we do not use the term. However, this oil was selected specifically for the therapeutic user.

Are oregano oils with higher carvacrol percentages more potent?

Not necessarily. Oregano oils claiming to be unusually high in carvacrol may be standardized, although there are exceptions.

The standardizing of oregano oil to increase the carvacrol content does not necessarily make a more potent oil. Synergy plays a very important role in the overall effectiveness of the oil and is compromised when standardization or adulteration occurs.

What is synergy?

The definition of synergy: The interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions, etc.; synergism.

The power behind 100% pure Oregano oil is dependent on the synergistic combination of the naturally occurring constituents contained within the plant, working together as mother nature intended.

Can I use ReThinkOil Oregano every day?

Each person is unique, however in general, our pure, non-standardized oil is well tolerated and can be used daily by most individuals when diluted. Talk to your Practitioner about dosing for your specific health needs.

How much oil can I use?

For beginners, we suggest starting with 1 drop per day in your preferred dilution medium. Although dilution medium suggestions are included with the product, you may need to try several before finding one that suits your taste buds.

“Smart Dosing” tips are included with the product and should be considered as the drops are increased. These tips are designed to minimize die-off (herxheimer reaction).

What is die-off (Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction)?

Antimicrobial treatments designed to kill bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites have long been associated with the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction. When microorganisms die as a result of antimicrobial treatment, toxins are shed and dumped into the bloodstream to be eliminated via detoxification.

Although most will never experience herxing, those who do may notice symptoms including chills and/or fever, rash, brain fog, fatigue, hypotension, tachycardia, hyperventilation, muscle pain, nausea and flushing. Symptoms typically last anywhere from a few minutes to a couple of days and should gradually subside, not progressively worsen.

Drinking extra fluids and getting plenty of plant-based fiber in the diet are natural ways to reduce die-off symptoms. When using a natural antimicrobial, such as oregano oil, dosing should be gradually increased to minimize and/or eliminate potential symptoms.

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