When it comes to remedies for the cold and flu, we always hear about lemon and ginger.
However, there are countless other household ingredients that help you fight off an infection, including herbs and spices.
One of the least known natural remedies is oregano tea and essential oil.
Why drink oregano tea?
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 essential compounds including quercetin, eriocitrin, luteolin, apigenin, and rosmaric acid.
Oregano is composed of several phytonutrients such as thymol and rosmarinic acid which have demonstrated to be extremely valuable antioxidants. These antioxidants drastically inhibit oxygen-based damages to cells throughout the human body.
Moreover, oregano contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, calcium, omega fatty acids, manganese, and tryptophan to support your immune system as it fights off infection. It’s even powerful enough to fight drug-resistant MRSA.
Its anti-inflammatory benefits also treat osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis.
The herb also treats bronchitis, asthma, heartburn, cramps, bloating, headaches, muscle pain, fatigue toothaches, and gum 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.
Many studies found that compounds in oregano can fight cancer. It contains the phytochemical quercetin, which is known to slow cancer growth and also promote apoptosis.
Oregano tea for colds
Oregano increases sweat production to help your body detox and acts as an expectorant to boost phlegm expulsion. For even better results, add oregano oil to a diffuser and inhale the steam.
- 4 to 6 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves
- 2 and 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon raw, organic honey
- 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.
You can also cool the tea and apply it to your skin to treat acne and dandruff. Alternatively, drink a hot cup after a heavy meal to improve digestion, fight gas production, and prevent constipation.
To really cure your illness, make sure to stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, and eat whole foods. You can also take a hot bath with a few drops of oregano and eucalyptus essential oil to open up your airway and clear up your sinuses.