Oregano tea has a number of health benefits. Researchers have identified two chemicals in oregano—Carvacrol and Thymol—which loosen phlegm and soothe the bronchial spasm that causes coughing and asthma. Folk remedies say oregano is also good for bloating, urinary conditions, painful menstruation, rheumatoid arthritis, and swollen glands.
Oregano has also been used as a disinfectant, traditionally for sore and damaged teeth. Researchers have also found oregano useful in dealing with fungus and mold. Tea is only one way to get the health benefits of oregano, but it is a useful and easy one. Just follow the steps below.
Step 1 - Prepare Oregano
Oregano tea can be made from either fresh or dried oregano leaves. Homegrown, organic oregano is the best option, though dried oregano is available in every grocery store. If grown at home, be sure to avoid spraying chemicals on your plant.
To dry oregano, cut stems from your plant and hang them in bunches in a cool, dark area or place the stems on a drying rack. When the leaves are fully dried, separate them from the stems and crumple them into a bag. Dispose of the stems. Seal the bag and store it in a cool, dark place.
Fresh oregano leaves can be used whole to make tea, or cut to release more of the oils into the water.
Step 2 - Mix Tea
Place three teaspoons of fresh oregano or one teaspoon of dried oregano in a mug. Fill the mug with boiling water.
Alternatively, place the leaves in a tea pot, increasing the amount to match the size of the pot. Fill the pot with boiling water.
Step 3 - Let Steep
How long you steep depends on how strong you want your tea. The flavor will be more intense the longer your steep, and oregano has a rather bitter taste. A normal range is 5-10 minutes of steeping. Much longer and the tea will become cool.
Step 4 - Add Flavors
A small amount of a sweetening agent will make your oregano tea much more palatable. You can add honey, sugar, or a sugar alternative. You might try lemon juice.
Other Ways to Use Oregano
An unsweetened tea can be used as a gargle to cleanse mouth irritations.
Oregano oil or leaves can be put in a bowl of boiling water. Lean over the bowl and breath in the steam to loosen phlegm and soothe bronchial spasms.
Add oregano oil or leaves to your bath to soothe aches, disinfect and clear the lungs.
Other Ways to Eat Oregano
Oregano is a traditional component to Italian cooking. It can be used on pasta, fish, meat, or in soups. Most savory dishes benefit from a bit of oregano, whether dried or fresh from your garden.