You’re probably familiar with oregano, which is a culinary spice that adds flavor to many 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 flavor, oregano leaves contain several medicinally active compounds. They are a traditional remedy in herbal medicine, and clinical studies on oregano’s possible usefulness are lacking, but some evidence from laboratory research suggests that oregano tea may have significant health benefits.
Drinking oregano tea has long been a tradition in many parts of the world as a home remedy for a number of different ailments. Oregano contains many important compounds including quercetin, eriocitrin, luteolin-7-O-glucoside, apigenin-7-O-glucoside, luteolin, apigenin, and rosmaric acid.
Oregano leaves contain more than 40 different compounds, according to a study published in the April 2011 issue of the “Journal of Food Science.” Researchers found that many of these compounds belong to phytonutrient classes called polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins, which are all recognized for their antioxidant qualities. Antioxidants help protect your cells from free radicals, which are unstable chemicals that form as byproducts of digestion, form in your skin when you’re in sunlight and form in your organs when you’re exposed to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke. Over time, free radicals can damage cellular components such as membranes and DNA, raising your risk of chronic diseases that include cancer and heart disease.
In a study published in the International Food Journal of Sciences and Nutrition in 2007, it was shown that drinking oregano tea does have antioxidant results as well as resulting in lowered LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
A number of studies conducted in the laboratory suggest that compounds in oregano might be potentially therapeutic against cancer. For example, a study published in 2009 in “Nutrition and Cancer” found that cultured colon cancer cells slowed their growth and eventually died when exposed to an oregano extract, compared to 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 attributed 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, & 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 five 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 back pain.
- 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, fatigue.
- Constipation, parasites, fungus