Oregano tea you say? I thought that was to season Spaghetti!
Seems I’m always referring back to when the pandemic was first taking hold in a lot of my posts.
Yes, I am. That period of time and what we went through was a life changer for me.
Being laid off for 2-1/2 months, experiencing food shortages, experiencing shut-downs, fear of the virus, experiencing a less poluted world.
All of the above instilled in me a strong desire for a more simple and healthy life and I’ve been working on it since. Also a wish for the world to be able to live a more simple and healthy life because it seems our world is getting more stressful by the day.
What does all this have to do with Oregano tea?
Well, all of the above led me back to gardening. A passion I have not been able to make time for since my divorce 13 years ago.
To me, gardening was a solution to food shortages and better health. Possibly even a solution to quitting my 9 to 5 (which I have just recently quit, but that will be for another post).
So back to Oregano tea. I have been fascinated about herbs for a very long time and I knew many herbs have tons of health benefits. During this pandemic I have been using herbs a lot more because many of them can boost your immune system among other health benefits such as protecting from cancer. I lost my mom last October to cancer, so this is another reason for the strong interest.
I am going to begin writing about the benefits of many herbs and since I have Oregano flourishing in my garden right now, I thought I’d begin with it.
First off, how to make it. If you use fresh Oregano, you’ll need 1 tablespoon per cup; if you use dried oregano, you’ll need 1 teaspoon per cup. Put it into a cup or teapot, then poor boiling water over, cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten if you wish with your choice of sweetener and there you have it.
I know it sounds a little weird to drink Oregano flavored tea, but it may grow on you especially after learning the health benefits.
But you can also get the health benefits by cooking with it and adding it to your spaghetti, lasagna, pizza or whatever you use it in.
I just like to drink the tea also because it makes me feel like I’m drinking a health elixer, which I am. Also, if you use a teaspoon of Oregano in spaghetti, you’ll not get as much because it’s one teaspoon or so in a batch of spaghetti that has multiple servings.
Before I start writing about the benefits, I’d like to note to do your own research. While many herbs are safe for most people, some are not safe for certain health conditions, children or pregnancy, which I am not going to cover here. You may already know that you can safely consume Oregano.
There are many varieties of Oregano. The Oregano I am referring to in this post is common Oregano (Oregano Vulgare)
~ It can soothe a sore throat and cough
~ It can help with nausea, gas, bloating and other digestive problems
~ It is rich in antioxidants
~ Could have anti-cancer properties
~ May help fight bacteria
~ Could reduce inflammation
~ Good for insomnia
~ Good for circulation
~ Can reduce menstrual cramps
~ Can calm nerves
~ Can help prevent high blood pressure
~ It is a natural antibiotic
~ To boost overall health
Oregano has many vitamins and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, Vitamin A, Carotene and more. If you want to know all of these vitamins and minerals you can do a google search and easily find the information.
How do you use Oregano? I’d love to hear your comments.
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