You’re probably familiar with oregano, which is a culinary spice that adds taste to lots of traditional Italian dishes. In cooking, the leaves of the Mediterranean oregano plant (Oreganum vulgare) are used either fresh or dried, and you can also brew them to make tea. In addition to their strong taste, oregano leaves contain a lot of medicinally active compounds. They are a traditional treatment in herbal medicine, and clinical studies on oregano’s possible effectiveness are lacking, however some evidence from lab research suggest that oregano tea may have considerable health advantages.
Drinking oregano tea has long been a tradition in many parts of the world as a home remedy for many different ailments. Oregano contains numerous crucial substances including quercetin, eriocitrin, luteolin-7-O-glucoside, apigenin-7-O-glucoside, luteolin, apigenin, and rosmaric acid.
Oregano leaves contain more than 40 different substances, according to a study published in the April 2011 issue of the “Journal of Food Science.” Scientists found that many of these substances belong to phytonutrient classes called polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins, which are all known for their antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect your cells from free radicals, which are unstable chemicals that form as byproducts of digestion, form in your skin when you are in sunlight and form in your organs when you’re exposed to environmental contaminants such as cigarette smoke. Over time, free radicals can harm cellular components such as membranes and DNA, raising your risk of chronic diseases that contain cancer and heart problem.
In a study published in the International Food Journal of Sciences and Nutrition in 2007, it was revealed that drinking oregano tea does have antioxidant effect in addition to leading to lowered LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
Many studies conducted in the laboratory suggest that compounds in oregano might be potentially restorative against cancer. For example, a study published in 2009 in “Nutrition and Cancer” discovered that cultured colon cancer cells slowed their growth and eventually died when exposed to an oregano extract, compared with control cells. Another study published in the June 2008 issue of the “Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology” found that oregano extract improved indicators of cancer in laboratory animals who had colon cancer, an effect the authors credited to oregano’s antioxidant properties. Although these findings from the laboratory are encouraging, they still need confirmation in clinical studies with human subjects.
Oregano Tea Recipe to heal strep throat, sinusitis, and infections
- 4 to 6 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
- 2 ½ cups water
- 1 tablespoon organic raw honey
- Tea strainer
How To Make It
- Cut the leaves to release the oil.
- Boil the water on the stove for 10 minutes.
- Add oregano leaves and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain and add the honey.
- Drink while hot to reap its maximum benefits.
Oregano tea uses:
- Coughs, headaches, bronchial problems, swollen glands
- Depression, flu, head lice, warts, and athlete’s foot.
- Eczema, ear infection, sprains, colds, and pain in the back.
- Lyme disease, colitis/ gastrointestinal disorders, canker sores, E. coli– and try it for whatever ails you.
- Indigestion, excess gas, bloating, urinary problems
- Allergies, burns, bleeding, tiredness
- Constipation, parasites, fungi