Oregano is a prolific herb in the home garden. It’s great in pasta sauce, of course, but oregano tea is another tasty and medicinal way to use it up.
Oregano tea benefits the body in a number of ways and is an incredibly accessible and easy herb to keep in the home herbal medicinal cabinet.
Oregano Leaves or Flowers?
Most herbs are more flavorful when harvested before flowering, for this reason use oregano leaves for your oregano tea.
The flowers do make a lovely garnish and presentation and could be used in a pinch but may not be as flavorful or nutrient packed.
Fresh or Dried
Oregano tea can be made with either fresh or dried leaves so use whatever is available.
If you grow oregano, simply dry it in summer to have it available all year long. Just hang bunches away from direct sunlight until crispy. Then remove the leaves from the stems and store in airtight containers.
As in the case of most herbs, use 3 times as much fresh leaves as dried. The flavor in the dried leaves is much more concentrated meaning less is needed.
Do crush the leaves slightly when using both fresh or dried to get the most flavor to release.
Simply smash the dried leaves a bit before placing in the tea ball.
Rub fresh leaves between fingers before placing them in the tea ball.
Sweeten, if desired
Like any herbal tea, sweeten if desired. Plain honey or maple syrup will work just fine.
However, consider upping the oregano benefit by making and using some oregano infused honey to sweeten your oregano tea.
A Simple Herbal Remedy
Herbal tea is likely one of the oldest herbal remedies in human history. It’s easy and still incredibly beneficial to us even in our modern times.
It can be tempting to think that we need to make tinctures or oxymels or some other more complicated concoction, however don’t overlook the simplicity and time-tested benefits of a cup of hot tea.
This is nothing fancy and yet can be a powerhouse for a number of ailments and it’s on many spice racks already without having to make a trip to the health food store or go hunting for something exotic.
Oregano Tea Benefits
Oregano contains thymol making it a great expectorant to help ease lung congestion.
It also has rosmarinic acid which can help heal bronchial inflammation.
It is for these reasons that it has traditionally been used for coughs, bronchitis, and excess phlegm.
Oregano is high in vitamins A, C, and K as well as antioxidants. All of which we know to be good for nourishing the body in a variety of ways.
There is some evidence that oregano tea was used to help with headaches more traditionally making it worth a try to see if it works for you.
Traditional vs. Modern Medicine
Much of the research for using oregano medicinally in our modern, scientific culture is done on an oregano extract not oregano tea. Obviously, an extract is a much more concentrated form of the herb.
Does this mean, we shouldn’t use oregano medicinally? Not necessarily. Tradition becomes tradition because our ancestors found something useful. Try oregano tea and see if it works for you. If doesn’t, you had a cup of tasty herbal tea – no harm, no foul. If does work, then carry on for yourself.
As always – double check with healthcare providers and for drug interactions before using any herbal in a medicinal quantity.
A cup or two now and then isn’t much different than eating it in pasta sauce, but if you’re drinking multiple cups daily, it is wise to talk it over with your doctor.
- 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano Leaves (or 3 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves)
- 1 Cup Boiling Water
- Place oregano leaves in a tea ball in a cup.
- Pour boiling water over tea ball.
- Let steep 5-10 minutes or to taste.
- Remove tea ball, sweeten if desired and sip to enjoy.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
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