Fact Check: Oregano Oil And Water Mixture Is NOT 'Nature's Antibiotic'

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Oregano Oil And Water Mixture Is NOT 'Nature's Antibiotic' Needs Research

Is mixing four drops of oregano oil in water a good natural antibiotic? No, that's not true: Joan Salge Blake, a clinical nutrition professor at Boston University, told Lead Stories that this mixture is not an antibiotic. Abbey Sharp, a registered dietitian, also told us that while oregano oil has some antimicrobial properties, it should not be used as a replacement for medications. There are not enough clinical trials involving humans to prove oregano oil can be used as an antibiotic, according to several scientific papers forwarded by the National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post published on June 13, 2022, with the caption, "Ladies this is for you! 🌺." The video opened with:

If the doctor tells you you need an antibiotic, this is nature's antibiotic.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jun 23 18:08:32 2022 UTC)

The Facebook video describes "nature's antibiotic": a mixture of four drops of oregano oil in water. An additional unidentified amount of lemon juice can be added too, the video says.

Joan Salge Blake told Lead Stories via a June 23, 2022, email that this is not an antibiotic. She added:

The consumer needs to understand that if they are sick and need medical advice, they should seek out their healthcare professional.

Abbey Sharp, a registered dietitian in Toronto, emailed Lead Stories on June 24, 2022:

While oregano has some solid antimicrobial properties, it should not be used as a replacement for clinically studied medications as a full antibiotic course.

The National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements sent Lead Stories links to studies in a June 23, 2022, email. The links show that though there have been many studies done to test oregano oil's antibacterial effects, there is "virtually nothing" when it comes to human trials, a the communication specialist wrote.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not list oregano oil in their FDA-approved drug database to use in place of antibiotics.

Lead Stories also debunked the claim that antibiotics stop birth control from working.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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