Although we mostly use oregano as a spice, when used in the form of oil or tea, the herb has incredible health benefits to offer. In the form of tea, oregano oil can flood our body with antioxidants such as rosmarinic acid and thymol which can fight free radicals in the body. The high amount of phytonutrients helps the body fight various diseases and conditions as well. Free radicals are highly damaging for our body, and are often the main source of numerous diseases including the most dangerous one – cancer.
On the other hand, the oregano oil has antibacterial, antiseptic and healing properties and contains a variety of volatile oils with antifungal, carminative and diuretic properties. Furthermore, the oil contains vitamins A, C and E as well as magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and calcium as well. Thanks to its rich nutritional profile, it can certainly improve your overall health.
Thanks to the soothing effects, oregano tea can be used against bacterial and viral infections and has been used as a natural remedy against sinus problems for centuries. Even science has confirmed its miraculous effects, and according to new studies, the oil is so powerful it can also destroy cancer cells. A recent study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology suggests that the oil can kill cancer cells better than other forms of cancer therapies. However, as the study was done on a pretty small scale, the matter requires further research before anything conclusive can be drawn out.
According to experts, drinking the tea regularly can lower your cholesterol levels. Furthermore, the antiviral effect of the oil can protect your immune system from viral and bacterial attacks and prevent a variety of diseases. Here are some of the main health benefits of the oregano tea:
Treats sore throat;
Relieves colds and the flu;
Relieves back pain, headaches and migraines;
Relieves menstrual cramps and pain;
Destroys intestinal parasites;
Treats urinary tract problems and constipation;
Reduces the risk of asthma attacks;
Treats sinus and ear infections;
Boosts your cardiovascular system;
Reduces nasal congestion;
Relieves acid reflux and heartburn.
How to prepare it?
½ – 1 tablespoon of dry oregano leaves
2 cups of water
Just boil the water in a pot, then pour it over the dry leaves and let the mixture steep for a bit. Strain the tea and drink up to 2 cups per day in order to improve your overall health.
Here’s a video which shows all the benefits of oregano tea and how to prepare it: