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.
Benefits of Oregano Tea
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.
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!
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).
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.
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.
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.
- Step 1: If using fresh oregano leaves, bruise or cut them to release additional active ingredients.
- Step 2: Boil a pot of water.
- Step 3: Add the fresh or dried oregano leaves to a teapot or teacup.
- Step 4: Pour hot water over the leaves and allow the beverage to steep for 5-10 minutes.
- Step 5: Add honey or other natural sweeteners to counter the rather strong flavor of the tea.
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.