When it comes to remedies for flu and colds, usually we think of lemon and ginger.
But there are many other ingredients that you can use to combat an infection, including aromatic herbs and spices. Among these, though less used, the tea and the essential oil of oregano.
What properties does oregano tea have?
Oregano has antioxidant and antibacterial properties. In addition, it contains fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin E, calcium, omega fatty acids, and tryptophan, which strengthen the immune system and combat infection. Oregano is strong enough to combat antibiotic-resistant and bacteria (MRSA).
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory benefits, could treat osteoporosis and arteriosclerosis. Also, the plant treats asthma, bronchitis, burns, bloating, cramping, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, toothaches and gum diseases.
Benefits of oregano plant are partially due to content or rich in antioxidants. Incidentally, in the journal of clinical nutrition “is mentioned as was found in oregano antioxidant content of 42 times larger than apple.
And a study conducted in 2007, published in ‘ International Journal of Food Sciences ‘, showed that the antioxidants in tea of oregano can reduce cholesterol.
Another study published in the June edition of ‘ the Journal of Pharmacy and pharmacology ‘ discovered that these antioxidants may have positive effects on laboratory animals with colon cancer.
Oregano tea against cold and flu.
Oregano increases the production of perspiration, helping your body to detoxify and acts as an expectorant favoring easier removal of secretions. For better results, add oregano oil to a diffuser and inhale the steam.
- 4-6 tablespoons fresh leaves of oregano
- 2½ cups of water
- 1 cup raw organic honey
- Put water to boil in a saucepan.
- Chop the leaves finely and place in a saucepan.
- Scalding over medium heat 10 minutes.
- Take off the heat and leave to infuse for 5 minutes.
- Strain, add honey and enjoy hot.
- You can apply the cooled tea and on the skin to treat acne and dandruff. Hot tea, consumed after a meal more consistent, improves digestion, combat appearance of gas and prevents constipation.
- For a complete cure, it’s nice to get off to a good hydration, to rest and to adopt a healthy eating, no processed products. And a hot bath, you can add a few drops of essential oil of oregano and eucalyptus, can open airways and sinuses.