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How to Make Amazing Homemade Oregano Tea

The benefits of oregano tea are many and thankfully its a super easy warm drink to make and enjoy.

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a prolific member of the mint family and is a perennial herb. It’s great in pasta sauce, of course, but the oregano plant is so much more than mere food flavoring.

A cup of tea with a stem of fresh oregano  sitting on the saucer. Text overlay reads: Oregano Tea.

Oregano Leaves or Flowers?

Most fresh 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 as the leaves of the oregano plant. 

Fresh or Dried

Oregano tea can be made with either fresh or dried herbs 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 dry oregano leaves from the stems and store in airtight containers.

A honey bee on oregano flowers in bloom in the garden.

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

Oregano tea can be a bitter drink and is a distinctly flavored tea that not everyone is going to love as a fresh drink.

Like any herbal tea, sweeten if desired. Plain honey or maple syrup will work just fine and help ease the bitter taste.

However, consider upping the oregano benefit by making and using some oregano infused honey as a sweetener.

Oregano leaves infusing in a jar of honey.

A Simple Herbal Remedy

Herbal tea recipes are likely one of the oldest herbal remedies in human history. A cup of tea is still easy and incredibly beneficial herbal medicine 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, fresh tea as an herbal infusion. 

A glass cup full of tea with oregano flowers inside the cup and surrounding the cup.

This is nothing fancy and yet can be a powerhouse for a number of ailments and it’s on many spice racks as a culinary herb already without having to make a trip to the grocery store or go hunting for something exotic.

Oregano Tea Benefits

The medicinal properties of this common herb make it one we should all grab from the spice rack more often.

Oregano contains thymol making it a great expectorant to help ease lung congestion.

A clear glass full of light colored tea with a sprig of oregano sitting to the left.

It also has rosmarinic acid which can help heal bronchial inflammation, making it a great resource for respiratory issues. It is for these reasons that it has traditionally been used for coughs, bronchitis, and excess phlegm.

Oregano an excellent source of vitamins and a rich source of antioxidants. We know these things, like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K are good for the immune system and 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.

Oregano Tea for External Use

Oregano has long been studied for its antifungal and anitbacterial properties.

If you’re struggling with something like athlete’s foot or other fungal infections consider soaking in a strong bath of oregano tea.

Try soaking a rag in lukewarm tea and blotting it on areas of skin irritation.

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 for medicinal purposes? Not necessarily. Oregano tea has a long history of safe use as a natural remedy. Tradition becomes tradition because our ancestors found something useful. Try oregano tea and see if the potential health benefits work 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.


Can someone have too much oregano tea? Maybe… like any herb or substance allergic reactions can occur in rare cases.

As always – double check with your  healthcare provider about any specific medical condition and for drug interactions before using any herbal in a medicinal quantity. Pregnant women especially should double check with trained doctors, herbalists, midwives, etc.

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 on a regular basis, it is wise to talk it over with your doctor and/or pharmacist.

Want some other ways to use Oregano? Check out my list of 10 ideas for food and medicine here.

Yield: 1 Cup

Oregano Tea

A glass cup full of tea with oregano flowers inside the cup and surrounding the cup.

Make a cup of oregano tea for flavor and home remedy use.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  1. Place oregano leaves in a tea ball in a cup.
  2. Pour boiling water over tea ball.
  3. Let steep 5-10 minutes or to taste.
  4. Remove tea ball, sweeten if desired and sip to enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

We try our best but cannot guarantee that nutrition information is 100% accurate.

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