7 Amazing Benefits of Drinking Oregano Tea

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Drinking oregano tea may not be your first choice for a healthy beverage, but this antioxidant-packed drink can have some serious health benefits.

What is Oregano Tea?

Oregano tea, as the name implies, is a tea that is brewed with the leaves of the oregano herb, either dry or fresh. Oregano is primarily used as an herb in cooking, while oregano essential oil is an important part of traditional medicine, but oregano tea doesn’t have the same level of popularity. This herb has been cultivated in the Mediterranean region and elsewhere for thousands of years and is widely available in any grocery store, market or health food store.

Due to the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds present in these leaves, there is an impressive range of health benefits that a simple cup of this tea can provide. In terms of its medicinal effects, they can be enjoyed both by drinking, inhaling, and even topically applying this tea to the skin.

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Benefits of Oregano Tea

The most notable health benefits of oregano tea include its ability to clear up respiratory issues, prevent cancer, protect heart health, boost immunity, and aid in weight loss, just to name a few.

Respiratory Conditions

Drinking a glass or two of this tea can relieve inflammation in the sinuses and respiratory tracts, and also treat any bacterial or fungal infection that may be causing your symptoms. Oregano tea is also known to reduce symptoms of asthma.

Skin Care

This herb is rich in anthocyanins, flavonoids, and polyphenolic compounds, all of which are powerful antioxidants, able to neutralize free radicals in the skin, thus reducing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots, as well as blemishes and scars. This can also improve skin elasticity to help you look younger for longer!

Cancer

A variety of studies have found that the active ingredients in oregano can have anti-cancer abilities, particularly for colon cancer. The research showed that regular use of oregano tea can cause slowed growth in cancer cells, as well as apoptosis (cell death).

A study in the Nutrition and Cancer journal reveals that oregano is able to exert proapoptotic effects which help lower the risk of colon cancer. One more research from the Anticancer Drugs journal exhibits that the essential oils of oregano and thyme have antitumor properties as the compound carvacrol in them may have therapeutic potential for the prevention and treatment of colon cancer.

A jar and mug of oregano tea with fresh flowers on a wooden table

Immune System

With vitamin A, vitamin C, and a range of antioxidants, this tea is ideal for boosting your immune system, as it can relieve strain and stress, while also stimulating the production of white blood vessels, the first line of defense for the body against pathogens and infections. Oregano is also known to have antibacterial and antiseptic qualities.

Heart Health

Unlike many common teas, there are omega-3 fatty acids in oregano tea, which can help balance your cholesterol levels and improve overall heart health, reducing your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

Weight Loss

Oregano tea has metabolism-stimulating properties, which can increase your calorie-burning potential, helping you lose more weight more quickly.

Wound Healing

Due to the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of oregano tea, it is often allowed to cool and is then applied to wounds or inflammation, speeding the healing process.

How to Make Oregano Tea?

Many people choose to make their own oregano tea since dried oregano can be found in almost any spice rack. Fresh oregano leaves will create a slightly different taste but provide many of the same health benefits. For cold infusion or topical application, simply allow this tea to cool before use. So, let’s take a look at the recipe below.

Homemade Oregano Tea Recipe

This refreshing and nutritious infusion will holistically improve your health!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: oregano, oregano tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 2 cups
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 8 oz water
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano leaves (or)
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano leaves

Instructions

  • To make oregano tea, first, decide if you wish to use fresh or dried leaves.  If using fresh oregano leaves, bruise or cut them to release additional active ingredients. In case, you're using dried leaves, simply add a tablespoon of it as an infusion. 
  • Meanwhile, boil a pot of water. At the same time, add the fresh or dried oregano leaves to a teapot or teacup.
  • Once the water is boiled, allow it to cool down a bit and then pour it over the leaves and allow the beverage to steep for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add honey or other natural sweeteners to counter the rather strong flavor of the tea. Your oregano tea is ready to be consumed. Enjoy this fresh infusion with your friends and family!
    Oregano tea kept in a tea pot next to a cup of oregano tea, on a wooden platform

Oregano Tea Side Effects

While there are many well-known benefits of this herbal tea, there are also some side effects that should be considered, such as risks to pregnancy and gastrointestinal distress, among others.

Pregnancy Risks: One of the side effects of oregano tea is its stimulation within the body and its impact on hormonal levels. In some cases, oregano tea has been reported to stimulate menstruation, which can be very dangerous for pregnant women, particularly in the first and final trimesters of their pregnancy.

Stomach Issues: Consuming too much oregano tea, as with any food or beverage, can cause stomach distress and constipation. Additionally, too much oregano tea can result in dizziness, nausea or vomiting, although this is quite rare. Use this tea in moderation, and always speak to your doctor before adding a new herbal remedy to your health routine.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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