Use oregano for delicious meals and nourishing herbal remedies with these quick and easy ideas.
This perennial herb can be prolific in the home garden giving us plenty of ways to creative fresh oregano in season and saving it for later.
How to Dry Oregano
Be sure to keep oregano on hand for winter meals by hanging it to dry. Simply tie bunches of the stalks together and hang out of direct sunlight until crispy.
Strip the leaves from the stems and store in an airtight jar to season soups, sauces, and more.
Oregano makes a tasty pesto that is easy to freeze in batches for winter use. Simply grind it with some garlic, salt, and oil to make it your own.
Here are a few recipes to consider:
An oxymel is a combination of herbs, honey, and vinegar.
It makes a delightful and healing drink. Oregano is antibacterial making it a great way to fight colds and flus.
Substitute oregano for the bee balm in this oxymel recipe and use up some of that abundant oregano in a simple, healing remedy.
Steep oregano leaves in some honey for a flavorful addition to breads, sauces, and more. This makes a great gift for the foodies on your list, too!
Use fresh or dried oregano for flavorful breads to go alongside many meals. The robust flavor can elevate simple bread to something truly fantastic and turn an ordinary soup meal into something almost fancy.
Truly just add some fresh or dried oregano to your favorite bread recipe or give these a try:
Compound butter is simply butter that has been mixed with herbs that can be used to slather on toast, rub on meats, mixed in with vegetables, and more.
Simply cream together 1/4 Cup softened butter and 3-4 Tablespoons fresh snipped oregano.
Roll that softened butter into a log shape in parchment paper and harden in the fridge or freezer.
Athlete’s Foot Remedy
Oregano is antifungal making it a potential ally for folks struggling with athlete’s foot.
Simply steep oregano in vinegar for a few weeks and then strain. Apply the strained infusion directly to affected areas for some natural relief.
Headache Relief Tea
Oregano has traditionally been used to relieve headaches.
Make oregano tea by steeping 1 Tablespoon of fresh leaves (1 teaspoon dried) in 8 ounces of water for 5 minutes. Sweeten with the oregano honey if desired and sip slowly.
Because oregano is antibacterial and antifungal it makes a great addition to homemade cleaning products.
Leave Some for the Bees
Let some of the oregano go to flower. The bees and other pollinators quite love it and it’s a great source of food late in the summer and early fall to help them get through the winter.
Watching and listening to the sound of the bees on the oregano flowers is honestly a relaxing and fun afternoon activity.