You’re probably familiar with oregano, which is a culinary spice that adds flavor to many traditional Italian meals. 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 a numerous medicinally active compounds. They are a traditional remedy in herbal medicine, and clinical studies on oregano’s potential usefulness are lacking, however 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 natural home remedy for many different ailments. Oregano contains important substances consisting of 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 released in the April 2011 issue of the “Journal of Food Science.” Researchers discovered that much of these substances come from phytonutrient classes called polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins, which are all known for their antioxidant qualities. Anti-oxidants 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 consist of cancer and heart problem.
In a study released in the International Food Journal of Sciences and Nutrition in 2007, it was revealed that drinking oregano tea does have antioxidant effects 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 indications of cancer in laboratory animals who had colon cancer, an effect the authors credited to oregano’s antioxidant properties. Although these findings from the lab are motivating, they still need confirmation in clinical studies with human subjects.
Oregano Tea Recipe
- 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 range for 10 minutes.
- Add oregano leaves and allow to steep for 5 minutes.
- Strain and add the honey.
- Drink while hot to gain its maximum benefits.
Oregano tea uses:
- Coughs, headaches, bronchial problems, swollen glands.
- Anxiety, flu, head louse, warts, and athlete’s foot.
- Eczema, ear infection, sprains, colds, and pain in the back.
- 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.