Is it possible to give oregano to children?


Everyone knows about the wonderful properties of oregano. This is a unique plant that has found its niche in traditional medicine and in the kitchen. (the second name of the herb is “oregano”), and in the perfume industry (it is often added to the composition of creams, toilet water, soap, body care and hair care products).

As a natural doctor, oregano has been used for a long time and has been tested for thousands of years. However, most adults do not quite understand whether it is possible to give oregano to children for medicinal purposes and how to do it correctly? On the Internet there is a lot of information about the beneficial properties of the plant, but there is almost no data on the use of children. About this and talk.

Medicinal properties

It is easier to collect oregano, because in Russia it grows almost everywhere in large quantities. We are more fortunate in this respect than the French, because they are forced to specially cultivate oregano.

Harvesting grass is better during the period of active flowering, at this time the plant accumulates the maximum amount of useful substances. Ready to collect plants can be purchased at the pharmacy and professional herbalists, it costs mere pennies.

Oregano contains ascorbic acid, a number of tannins, essential oils, the maximum concentration of which is in the leaves and flowers of oregano, in the stems less. Much has been said and written about the beneficial properties of tannins, so I want to dwell on the essential oils of this plant. In their effectiveness and strength of action, they are even superior to some pharmaceutical antibiotics and anti-allergy drugs.

What helps oregano?

The scope of therapeutic use of oregano is extremely wide:

  • Carminatives;
  • Sweatshops;
  • Breast fees;
  • External remedies for toothache and stomatitis;
  • Cough and cold remedies, whooping cough;
  • Remedies for diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
  • Charges for liver diseases;
  • Sedatives, charges for nervous disorders and insomnia;
  • Antihistamines;
  • Fees for rheumatism, paralysis, epilepsy.

Oregano has a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect, antimicrobial effect, and well relieves pain, normalizes appetite, eliminates allergies, acts as expectorant.

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Use in children

With all its many medicinal properties of oregano, children brew and apply inside is strictly prohibited. The fact is that some substances that are contained in the plant have a negative effect on the production of sex hormones in a growing man, therefore the reproductive function of boys and girls is under threat.

Moreover, in girls this grass can cause an acceleration of puberty, while in boys it significantly slows down this process. The ban on internal reception is equivalent for all our children, without adjustments for the age, weight and sex of the child.

Enjoy the full range of wonderful properties of oregano can only adults, the children can only part of the scope of oregano, in which the plant is used externally. These are baths with decoction of oregano for allergic reactions and skin diseases, therapeutic baths for nervous children with hyper-excitability and night sleep problems, compresses for headaches for colds, lotions for wounds and burns, wraps, gargling for a sore throat with sore throat (for teenagers from 15 years ).


Apply externally oregano, for example, as part of therapeutic herbal remedies, should not be children who suffer from bedwetting. Oregano - strong diureticand therefore water procedures with this grass only provoke another attack of enuresis. Do not use fragrant weed even outwardly and when the child suffers from hepatic or renal colic, he has a weak heart and vascular diseases.

How to use

Baths with oregano

Brew three tablespoons of dry raw materials in two liters of boiling water, let it brew, strain carefully and pour into the bath prepared for bathing the required amount of the resulting liquid.

Newborn and breast crumbs, peanuts up to one year of oregano are not recommended.because the herb can cause allergies due to the essential oils contained. One-year-old child add infusion of forest mint (this is another name for oregano) at the rate of 250 ml of infusion per 10 liters of bathing water. For children under 5 years old, add no more than 350 ml of infusion for every 10 liters of water. Children over the amount of infusion is increased to 500 ml per 10 liters of water.

Water temperature should not exceed 37 degrees. Baths with oregano should not be taken more than once a week. Indications for use - allergic reactions with skin manifestations, skin diseases, diaper rash, dermatitis. Such baths are useful to capricious and restless children from the age of one year, as well as to adolescents in puberty.

Be sure to test for allergies before bathing. - moisten the space between the thumb and index finger of the hand from the back side with a decoction, if redness and itching do not appear after an hour, you can take the fito bath.

Compresses and lotions

Make a concentrated decoction of oregano. To do this, brew 5-6 leaves and 2-3 flowers in 300 ml of boiled water, let simmer for 10-15 minutes, then hold in a closed thermos for an hour and a half. Strain the resulting fluid, cool and make compresses and lotions on the child's temporal region and brow area. It is necessary to apply cotton swabs moistened with a decoction for about 15 minutes, the procedure is repeated up to 4 times a day. This is a great way to get rid of a headache with the flu, colds, cold.


This method of using a medicinal plant is good for colds and strong cough., but against the background of high temperature it is impossible to carry out the procedure. You will need a concentrated decoction (as for compresses). Wrap the baby’s upper body for 10–15 minutes with a towel or sheet dipped in broth. Repeat 1 time per day.

Tea with oregano

There is only one reason to give the child oregano for internal use. If this is a girl, she is already 15 years old, and her doctor has stated a delay in sexual development. In this case, you can brew homemade tea with a leaf of oregano or buy pharmacy herbal tea packaged in bags, which is convenient to prepare and dispense. Remember that the dosage of such tea for a teenage girl should be almost two times less than the indicated dose for adults! In order to stimulate the sexual development of the girl, oregano can be brewed for swimming.

Information provided for reference purposes. Do not self-medicate. At the first symptoms of the disease, consult a doctor.