Combat the Cold with Fresh Oregano Tea


| 10/22/2018 11:09:00 AM


Fresh oregano tea

We had a bit of an extension on summer temperatures this October, so I have had quite a bit of extra time in the garden. Weeding, transplanting, and soil prepping has been on my agenda, and as the temperatures have dropped a bit, the weather has still be good enough for tackling garden chores.

Wednesday, I took on the task of cleaning out the herb garden, and the primary task each and every year is removing most of my oregano. As a member of the mint family, oregano (Origanum vulgare) spreads … and spreads … and spreads until it chokes out other herbs in the bed. Every fall, I rip out about 80 percent of my oregano, and every spring, it comes back stronger, providing me another season of one of my favorite herbs.

I primarily grow oregano for three reasons: it’s an easy-to-grow perennial, the bees love it, and it’s a great ground cover. About mid-July through frost, my oregano plants are covered in gorgeous purple flowers that are a bee magnet. Oftentimes, I’ll walk past the herb garden while doing morning chores to find that dozens of pollinators are feasting on the flowers.

As a ground cover, oregano provides a tight network of stems that strongly interlace and keep weeds at bay. Oregano also spreads rapidly with minimal attention, so I have to give it plenty of space throughout the growing season and it thrives (Like, I’ve never had a bad oregano harvest, ever.). At about two feet or so, oregano adds medium height to the garden, and the delicate purple flowers are pretty enough to be in anyone’s flowerbed.



And because oregano is, of course, edible (I mean, pasta and pizza wouldn’t be the same without it), I use it in as many culinary ways as possible. And because my husband brought cold germs home, and I’m currently nursing a massive sinus headache, I plan to head out to the garden to pick some oregano to make a fresh tea to soothe my symptoms.

Henrietta Scales
10/24/2018 12:10:01 PM

Thanks for the advise and will sure to try even if I really like herbs in the first place they are top of the menu.




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