Oregano Tea Health Benefits

by rfcamat on July 10, 2011

Oregano plant

Oregano plant with flowers

Oregano, known mostly for its uses in the kitchen, belongs in the mint family. This useful shrub can be utilized in a number of ways; it can be used as a spice, served topping or a garnish, or brewed into a tea. The last option has become a more popular choice among tea lovers simply because of its intense flavor that lingers long after the last sip.  The health benefits of oregano tea also wins them over. A very good source of several vitamins and minerals, oregano tea is a potent partner of health and wellness.

Addresses Respiratory Problems

Oregano tea is known as a natural antihistamine and decongestant. Its soothing smell can aid a person who has difficulty in breathing and, when taken internally, can calm asthma attacks or persistent coughing. Oregano tea has been used throughout the ages as a medicinal beverage to ease symptoms of nasal congestion and inflammation. According to Crazy for Tea, it can also be used to soothe bronchial irritation.

Has Antibacterial properties

Oregano tea or oil can be used to get rid of bacterial infection. For tooth or throat infections, it is advised to gargle tea several times a day until symptoms disappear. It can also be used to wash skin infections, or be taken internally to combat internal infections. Aside from antibacterial properties, oregano tea also has antiparasitic properties to aid digestion.

Combats Food Poisoning

One of the most common harmful bacteria found in drinking water is called giarda. This microscopic amoeba causes traveler’s diarrhea or food poisoning. Studies have shown that oregano tea, when taken in large amounts, can help combat giarda. It is said to be even more effective than prescribed medications and much cheaper, too.

Regulates the Nervous System

Anything soothing must be good for the nervous system, and oregano tea is best known to have that effect.  According to Herbalist Kelly Joyce Neff, oregano tea may help alleviate headaches.  Its aroma, although strong, leads the mind in a state of calmness. It is advised to drink a cup right before bedtime to reduce anxiety, stress, and tension and induce a peaceful sleep. People suffering from insomnia may want to begin drinking oregano tea as a habit.

Has Anti-Cancer Properties

As with other types of tea, one of the health benefits of oregano tea is its anti-cancer properties. According to a report written by Ethan Huff at the NaturalNews.com, a food microbiologist at the University of Arizona discovered that a phenol of oregano called carvacol acts as an antioxidant which can prevent or stop the growth of cancer, one of the leading causes of death in every part of the globe.  With oregano’s powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties, cancer-causing molecules are prevented from spreading in one’s body.

Aside from these, oregano tea is also widely used by women to regularize their menstruation cycle and reduce cramps. Other common health benefits include improved digestion, tolerance to nausea, and increased appetite. Although oregano tea has been used traditionally in these cases, scientific studies still have to verify each claim.

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