|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 6g||2%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||7%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Oregano tea is an uplifting, warm drink with a bright flavor. It's not the most common herbal tea, but once you get one taste of this fresh brew, you'll want to make it often. It's semisweet, refreshing, restorative, and delightfully aromatic. Surprisingly, oregano a fantastic herb for a tisane.
While you can purchase packaged oregano tea bags, there's really no need to do so because most contain nothing more than dried oregano. This recipe uses a single sprig of fresh oregano steeped in boiling water for a few minutes, then sweetened with Greek honey. It is inexpensive and has a fresh-from-the-garden taste. The flavor is reminiscent of mint tea but with that familiar oregano taste (though far less pungent than it tastes in food).
If you grow oregano at home, this tea recipe will put the plant to good use. It's also an excellent excuse to add oregano to your indoor kitchen garden or pick up fresh sprigs at the market. Fresh oregano is not required, though. You can also pull that dried oregano out of your spice cupboard and brew oregano tea. It's not as brightly flavored or sweet as the fresh herb—the difference is similar to that of green and black teas—and it is a nice beverage.
"Tea recipes are simple, and this one is no exception. The 5-inch sprig of fresh oregano I used produced a wonderfully flavored tea with the recommended brewing time. You can always leave it in longer or add an extra sprig for more flavor. Do wash the oregano thoroughly." —Colleen Graham
1 (5-inch) sprig fresh oregano
1 to 2 cups boiling water
1 teaspoons honey, preferably Greek
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Rinse the oregano to remove any dirt and debris.
Place oregano in boiling water and let steep for 3 minutes.
Remove the oregano when the flavor reaches your desired flavor.
Pour contents into a mug and stir in the honey until dissolved. Serve and enjoy.
- It is not necessary to remove the individual oregano leaves from the sprig. Leaving them on actually makes it easier to remove the oregano when it reaches your preferred taste.
- Use a tea infuser for loose-leaf oregano.
- Place 1 tablespoon of dried oregano in an infuser and steep in boiling water for about 4 minutes. Some mesh strainers may not hold finely ground oregano; a loose-leaf tea bag or infuser with very fine mesh will keep the oregano out of your tea.
- Switch to your favorite sweetener. Agave nectar, simple syrup, and sugar-free sweeteners are good choices.
- Add a splash of fresh lemon juice to give the oregano tea a livelier flavor. This is particularly helpful with dried oregano.