Winter is just around the corner. And while it gives us many things to look forward to, like Christmas stockings and snowmen in the backyard, it also comes with its own set of cons.
For one thing, it’s synonymous with cold and flu. Even if you don’t have a weak immune system to let you down, the increasing levels of pollution are bound to give rise to a series of unpleasant respiration-related symptoms, the most common one being chest congestion. For many of us, the feeling is almost akin to having a full-grown person sitting on our chest, making it incredibly difficult to breathe. The misery doesn’t just end there, for it is closely followed by fatigue and despair as lethargy gets the better of us.
Unless you want your body to completely shut down, you’re going to need a cure to stop the virus from carrying on with its destructive campaign. And nothing else will do the job better than a steaming hot cup of oregano tea. Before we get to the “how”, let’s talk a bit about the “why.”
How Oregano Can Help With Lung/ Chest Congestion
If you were under the impression that the best place for oregano is the top of your pizza you’re highly mistaken. Originally from western and southwestern Eurasia, as well as the Mediterranean region, the uses of this “pantry favorite” go way beyond flavoring fatty foods.
It turns out that this “pizza herb” is also a great antidote for skin irritations, convulsions, infections, and chest or lung congestion. Here’s why:
- Antioxidant activity: Oregano has one of the highest antioxidant activity ratings, with an antioxidant power that’s up to 42 times more than that of apples. Therefore, not only is oregano helpful in preventing oxidative damage by free radicals, but also great for boosting one’s immunity.1 2
- Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties: Being antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory in nature, oregano can further help treat various infections naturally without causing any harmful side effects.3
- Antihistamine properties: Oregano contains rosmarinic acid, which lends this herb its powerful antihistamine properties.4 This is why consuming oregano can help fight off allergic-like reactions caused by histamine, a chemical released by the body when it undergoes an invasion by foreign congestion-causing elements like pollen, chemicals, dust, and microbes, it releases a chemical called histamine.
- Rich in essential minerals: Oregano gives your body a healthy dose of immunity-boosting minerals like magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium, and iron along with micronutrients like vitamins A, B3 (niacin), C, and K. These may not directly have anything to do with curing problems related to the upper parts of the respiratory system. However, they are necessary for your immune system, especially when it’s weak. This will bolster your health and help you fend off infection-causing microbes and allergens to help you stay on top of the health game.
All of these properties combined together make oregano the best natural cure for chest congestion-related conditions like dry coughs, asthma, and bronchitis. And the best way to do this is by making yourself some oregano-infused herbal tea.
Oregano Tea Recipe
- Water: 2-3 cups
- Dried oregano leaves: 4-6 tablespoons
- Lemon: 1 slice
- Raw organic honey: 2-3 drops
- Heat the water on a stove and wait till it starts to boil.
- Remove from the stove and add the oregano leaves to the water, allowing it to steep for a few minutes.
- Strain the water to remove the leaves.
- Add the lemon and honey to improve the taste if you like, though this step is not compulsory.
Note: To get the best out of your oregano tea, have it while it’s warm. Sipping on it throughout the day will give you almost instant relief from your painfully annoying symptoms.
It is also recommended to continue having this tea every day, even once your symptoms vanish; this will give you a better chance at fighting off future infections and congestion-related problems.
|↑1||Sampson, Mark. “Researchers call herbs rich source of healthy antioxidants; oregano ranks highest.” (2002).|
|↑2||Dragland, Steinar, Haruki Senoo, Kenjiro Wake, Kari Holte, and Rune Blomhoff. “Several culinary and medicinal herbs are important sources of dietary antioxidants.” The Journal of nutrition 133, no. 5 (2003): 1286-1290.|
|↑3||Saeed, Sabahat, and Perween Tariq. “Antibacterial activity of oregano (Origanum vulgare Linn.) against gram positive bacteria.” Pakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences 22, no. 4 (2009): 421-424.|
|↑4||Sanbongi, C., H. Takano, N. Osakabe, N. Sasa, M. Natsume, R. Yanagisawa, K-I. Inoue, K. Sadakane, T. Ichinose, and T. Yoshikawa. “Rosmarinic acid in perilla extract inhibits allergic inflammation induced by mite allergen, in a mouse model.” Clinical & experimental allergy 34, no. 6 (2004): 971-977.|