Nourishing Body, Mind and Spirit

Oil of oregano for kids

December 19, 2012 update – A friend recently told me that I could put doTERRA Oil of Oregano and their OnGuard essential oil blend on my son’s feet and it will be absorbed into his bloodstream. This is a good option for our family since my son doesn’t swallow capsules and doesn’t like the taste of oil of oregano. We are now using these oils. Read more here.

I’ve been researching the health benefits of oil of oregano. I knew that it had antifungal and antibiotic properties, but I didn’t realize that it is actually just as efficient as antifungals and antibiotics (based on scientific research).  And, it doesn’t breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria!  Happily, my husband is also open to trying it as he’s really not keen on our son being on long-term antifungals and antibiotics.

I didn’t really seriously consider oil of oregano because I knew that it has a strong taste and I didn’t think that my son would want to take it.  Our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) doctor* mentioned it to us, but she also didn’t know of an oregano oil that would be palatable for children. Last night, I did a search on google and found a link to Tori’s GFCFSF blog, which mentioned an oil of oregano product for kids!  Yay!

North American Herb and Spice has a whole children’s line of oil of oregano products! I spoke to their office to find out the best product for my son and they recommended a couple of new products that aren’t on their website yet…  Orega Cinn and Orega Mint, which are tasty oil of oregano formulations!  I ordered Orega Mint today. All it contains is organic raw honey, organic goldenberry syrup, organic water soluble oil of oregano and organic oil of wild mint.

  • Honey – immune booster
  • Goldenberries – high amounts of carotene and bioflavonoids (vitamin P) — nutrients which studies have shown to produce anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity. Goldenberries are also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C
  • Wild mint aids digestion, respiratory problems, asthma and skin care.

My hope is that we can use the oil of oregano instead of the antifungal and antibiotic. We’ll talk to our naturopath / TMC doctor about dosages.

Some links to research and information about oil of oregano’s antibiotic and antifungal properties:

  • Research and studies on oregano oil hereherehere.
  • How to use oil of oregano instead of antibiotics here.
  • Oil of oregano as an antibiotic and antifungal here.
  • Oil of oregano rivals modern antibiotic drugs here.
  • Oil or oregano, nature’s antibiotic and antifungal supplement here.
  • FAQ about oil of oregano here.
  • Dr. Mercola’s tips on dealing with infections naturally (includes oregano oil and other natural antimicrobials) here.
  • Some posts about oil of oregano and children here.

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Other natural antimicrobials:

  • grapefruit seed extract
  • goldenseal
  • pharmaceutical grade hydrogen peroxide
  • garlic
  • Allimax - a garlic supplement
  • Biocidin – a mom of an autistic child recommended this one Bilberry extract (25% anthocyanosides), Noni, Milk Thistle, Echinacea (purpurea & angustifolia), Goldenseal, Shiitake, White Willow (bark), Garlic, Grapeseed extract (min 90% polyphenols), Black Walnut (hull and leaf), Raspberry, Fumitory, Gentian, Tea Tree oil, Galbanum oil, Lavender oil (plant and flower), Oregano oil (plant and flower).
  • miracle mineral solution (MMS)
  • Mom of an autistic child rotates every 3 to 4 weeks: Grapefruit Seed Extract, Biocidin, Microbial Maintenance w/ Artemisinin, and Caprylic Complex (pharmax). All are botanicals.
  • Holy basil – anti-inflammatory and anti-viral
  • Berberis formula (capsules) by Genestra – open 1 capsule into food twice a day between meals – suggested by my son’s naturopath
  • Genestra black walnut combo tincture – 15 drops per day (in pear juice) – suggested by my son’s naturopath

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Interesting side notes about our TMC doctor:

* As an aside, my husband trusts the opinion of the TMC doctor because he consulted with her about some long-term gastro-intestinal problems that he has been having for about a year. Within a week of following her advice, his digestion improved. He found out through biomeridian testing that he is sensitive to peanuts and sunflower seeds. With the offending foods out of his diet, he is already feeling better less than a week later.

Another interesting note: My husband’s mother had been bugging us for the last 6-12 months to see a TMC doctor that helped two of her brothers with health issues. We were reluctant because my son was already seeing so many other specialists and alternate health practitioners and we were happy with our current care. After the diagnosis, the wife of a colleague, who is a pediatric nurse, recommended that we consult with a TMC doctor. When we read about her credentials, we were excited to see her as she was not only a TCM doctor, but was also a practicing Hematologist and Allergist in China and had a M.Sc. in Immunology. We just found out on Saturday that this individual is the same practitioner that my mother-in-law was pestering us to see.  Feels like divine providence.

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More reading:

  • One of my new blog friends recommended a book about oil of oregano: The Cure is in the Cupboard: How to Use Oregano for Better Health.  I now have it on order!
  • Read what Sustainable Baby Steps has to say about the health benefits and uses of oil of oregano

Update:
December 19, 2012:

A friend recently told me that I could put doTERRA Oil of Oregano and their OnGuard essential oil blend on my son’s feet and it will be absorbed into his bloodstream. This is a good option for our family since my son doesn’t swallow capsules and doesn’t like the taste of oil of oregano. I am now using these oils. Read more here.

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Comments on: "Oil of oregano for kids" (24)

  1. I have heard wonderful things about Olive Leaf Extract as well. It works as an anti-virus and when I did try it last year it did seem to knock whatever I was fighting down a bit. You may want to look into that too.

  2. spirityoga said:

    Hi Tamara: That’s great to know! I hadn’t heard about olive leaf extract. What’s the palatability like? In what form does it come? Thanks again!

  3. [...] are very seriously contemplating using oil of oregano instead of the antibiotic / antifungal.  Just need to get DH on board. Stay tuned!  If you have [...]

  4. Lucy alonso said:

    I’m not quite sure if I aske this already but do u have a homeopath already? I ask because when I first started CEASE alex had a little bit of a yeast problem about a month prior, he was on flucanozole for this. I told my homeopath that I didn’t want him on anti fungals due to the danger to his liver, so she recommended putting Alex on Sacharrum off 6x as a daily remedy, it helps digestion/ yeast issues, hiw you tried or heard of this? It’s a homeopathic remedy, and since being on it, I don’t use anti fungals or enzymes for Alex!!! This protects him from yeast!!!! I’m in heaven!

    Let me know if you want to knowles about this stuff!

  5. Janice,
    I have used oil of oregano in the past for our daughter Lizzy. It worked well. We stopped in order to regain a clear picture with homeopathy.
    I also have found a Chinese healer. Any tips?
    Came across Japanese Red Pine for fungus and parasites. Have not looked into to it in depth but seems like something worthy of research.
    Love your site. Keep going it is just a matter of time, love and perserverance.
    Amy

  6. Hi Amy: Thanks for your kind words and encouragement, and also lettting me know that oil of oregano worked well with your daughter. Good to know about the Japanses Red Pine as well — I hadn’t heard of that before. I don’t have any tips offhand regarding our TCM healer… It’s new to us at the moment, but I’ll be sharing what we learn…

    Take good care,
    Janice

  7. Hi Lucy: Thanks for the suggestion re: Saccarrum. I do have a homeopath (in the Heilkunst tradition). It sounds very similar to Cease — I’m not quite sure how they differ at this point. I’m trusting what our homeopath is prescribing so far — mostly working through his timeline of traumas/shocks, and also dealing with things as they come up.

    The reason why we are using the medications is because my husband doesn’t completely trust / understand the homeopathy, so right now we are trying to use both methods of healing. If I had my way, my son wouldn’t be on the antibiotic or fluconazole, but it was very strongly suggested by our immunologist (with a lot of fear mongering), so we’re giving it a try, although I’m hoping that we will be able to switch to some natural antibiotics / antifungals. I’m wanting to talk to our TCM doctor about it. I talked to our naturopathic doctor and she actually suggested continuing with the medications for 6 months to get a baseline. We’ll keep you posted, but thanks again for sharing what worked for Alex!

    Janice

  8. [...] Consider oil of oregano or other natural antibiotics in addition to or instead of antibiotics and antifungals. More about this here. [...]

  9. Lucy alonso said:

    It’s too bad your husband is not convinced about homeopathy yet, I say yet because I am sure if he read more about it he would realize it’s amazing! I’m so happy we found homeopathy, I’m Now 100% sure Alex will recover fully, it’s only matter of time. I hope everything goes well for your little one, I pray for all oyr children always, Alex, Lizzy, Alex, and so many more are always in my prayers, the power of prayer is huge, with all of us together I know we will accomplish our goal!

    Keep working hard Janice and keep us posted of his progress!

    Merry Christmas!

  10. Hi Lucy: I’m glad that we have all found homeopathy too! And I agree that I’m sure that your son will recover fully. I pray for all of our children.

    Take care and Merry Christmas!
    Janice

  11. [...] a mix up with the order, which is why it is taking so long). I’m not sure what to do about oil of oregano and the Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) because his naturopath recommended continuing with [...]

  12. Hi Janice – My son is four and we use oregano oil for him…all the time. We’ve never bought a kids product, just put a drop in his juice and he downs it. Or – we put a drop right at the back of his throat and he has juice ready (because he knows it’s “spicy”) and uses the juice as a chaser. :) My husband has also diluted our 100% oregano oil with organic olive oil…so it’s not so strong and then Isaac just takes more drops.

    It is incredible stuff. Two years ago we all had strep throat and were told by our ND to take oregano oil as it kills strep on contact. As you may know, strep is one of those things that they prescribe anti-biotics for. We used it…and it was gone, just like that. I’m a big advocate for it’s health benefits and am sure it would help Moses to heal in a natural way.

    I am loving your blog. I could get lost in all the information you’ve provided here. I am in complete agreeance with everything I’ve read so far – vaccinations, that autism can be healed, the power of homeopathy. Great stuff.

    You are an amazing mama – wish I could sit down and have tea with you and chat into the night. :) Thanks for the birthday wishes. 38 isn’t so bad.

    xoxo
    Debbie

  13. spirityoga said:

    Hi Debbie:

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with oil of oregano (esp. given that you have a four year old!)

    Thanks so much for all of your kind words about my blog. I also wish we could chat about all of the things that we have in common and feel strongly about.

    Take good care!
    Janice

  14. Christy said:

    Thanks much for this post about the Kids Oregano Oil! I was looking for something I could use to drill on a high fever my toddler has, and I think you have found it for me! I like some of the other threads on here too, will start following…my son has ASD so you probably have some more info I could use :) many thanks !!!

  15. spirityoga said:

    Hi Christy: You’re welcome!! I’ve purchased the Orega Mint and I can take 10 drops without putting it in juice. It’s still a bit pungent, but nothing like the taste of normal oil of oregano. We actually haven’t tried giving it to my son yet, but plan on doing so. Happily, he hasn’t been sick for a long, long time, so we haven’t needed to so far…

    Thanks for following the blog and take good care! Let me know how everything goes for you and your son. :-)

    Janice

  16. Christy said:

    btw, a good way to get past the ‘heat’ of the oil of oregano is to ‘chase’ it with about 3 or 4 very hard green grapes. I take mine – about 6 drops usually – in a ‘shot’ of grape or apple juice, and then immediately chase it with the grapes, making sure to get the inside of the grapes on my tongue. Works every time to dilute the ‘heat’ on contact :) This is a good method to try with kids if your child likes grapes! Mine are not old enough to understand this yet, which is why I was looking for a better method right now…but I plan on trying this with them too in the future. Hopefully this tip will help someone else too though!

  17. Great tip!!!!!! (Though right now, my son is sensitive to grapes, but I bet it will work in the future!!)

  18. I have used oil of oregano with great suceess fighting yeast and bacteria i do only one antifugal/antibacterial at a time as it can get hard on the gut doin to much at once…other antibacterials ive used with sucess are glodenseal..MMS..and the probiotic culturelle three caps six times a day for fighting hard core clostria..(excuse my spelling)
    for antifungals grapeseed extract worked like a charm as long as no phenol issues (like getting red ears after taking) oil of oregano is high phenol FYI. pau d arco is another great antifungal not high phenol)…i havent used myrhh essential oil internally…but heard is great for hardcore mold issues…oh yah silver water is another amazing antibacterial/antviral…but would use with caution on metal toxic kids..
    oh another great antibacterial is the snake and dragon teapills…good thing there is all these great naturals God has blessed us with…as I am truely allergic to docters they make me start foaming at the mouth…

  19. hi Janice,
    I use oil of oregano as well. One trick is to buy empty gel capsules. Put the drops in that and then get your child to slowly the capsule, it works really well…. I also mix e drops in avocado ok, and massage my kids feet with it. Works very well too…

  20. Hi Alex: Thanks for the advice!!!

  21. This is a lovely, informative blog. Great job! Thanks!

  22. Hello I was just wondering if anyone knew of a good TMC in Los Angeles ca? Thanks!!

  23. spirityoga said:

    Hi Marina: Since I live in St. John’s, NL, I don’t have any recommendations, but perhaps another one of my readers might. Take good care.

  24. Thank you very much for The Information!

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