As the oreganol benefits to health become better known, many people are now curious about the oil of oregano dosage requirements for children, adults, or for treating certain conditions like candida. It turns out that oil of oregano, especially the wild oreganol P73 version, is pretty powerful stuff. According to Dr. Cass Ingram, who was interviewed by Dr. Ward Bond in an episode of the television series “Nutritional Living”, before modern antiseptics were developed in the early 20th century oil of oregano was actually used as a germicide in sewage treatment. It was also sometimes used as a preservative for foods that had to be kept for fairly long periods during sailing ship voyages.
Therefore the dosage requirements for the various pure oreganol products tend to be quite small. In fact for children up to six years old you only need to use a single drop per day, which can be mixed with fluids such as milk or juice to dilute the strong taste and make it more palatable. Children from six to ten years old can usually take two or three drops per day, and people older than ten can stick with about three drops per dose but increase the frequency to twice per day or sometimes three times per day for heavier adults. There are reports from various forums online from people who have taken as much as six or seven drops per dose of the liquid form of oreganol mixed into a glass of water, but this seems to be a bit too much because these people often report having a burning sensation on their lips or mouth and sometimes feeling queasy, nauseous, or otherwise “off” after finishing their drink.
If you have the “super strength” liquid version and want to avoid the burning sensation, you can drink some water first (to dilute the final concentration of the oil in your stomach), tilt your head back, and then use a dropper to place one or two drops of the oregano oil near the back of your throat before quickly drinking more water to wash it down and dilute it further. The cute video below with Zara Patel Thompson (five years old at the time) and her mother demonstrates this technique and explains some of the things to consider when trying to determine the correct oil of oregano dosage.
If you cannot tolerate the stronger liquid versions, another thing you can do is simply take it in capsule or softgel form. You may need to look on the label of the bottle or box (or ask your pharmacist) to find out the proper dosage equivalents, but most people seem to be having the best experiences with taking one capsule per dose along with plenty of water so that it does not upset their stomachs.
Another little trick that some people are having success with is mixing a drop or two with ten drops or more of olive oil, then taking it with lots of water or juice as normal. This seems to cut down on the “heat” when it first touches the mouth. Meanwhile, if you happen to have any suggestions for how to determine the proper oil of oregano dosage, please pass along any relevant information in the comment section below.