heart-healthy oregano

Oregano Tea

1-1/2 teaspoons dried organic oregano leaves (use 2 teaspoons if using fresh)
8 ounces water
1 teaspoon of honey (or preferred sweeter) to taste

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan. When water has boiled, remove from heat. Add oregano and steep for 5 minutes. The longer it steeps, the more of a bitter the taste. Strain into a mug. Sweeten to taste.

Good for sore throat, congestion and colds, insomnia and anxiety, eases headaches and menstrual cramps.  It can also lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.  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 level. The authors of the study suggest that this is due to the flavenoids and polyphenols that are drawn out of the herb and into the tea water. The study also found that drinking oregano tea had more pronounced benefits than thyme or wild thyme teas, which were compared by the study’s researchers (source: healthyhappybeautiful.com)

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