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Here’s how to make oregano tea, a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh oregano! The perfect way to use this fresh herb.

Oregano tea

Did you know you can make herbal tea with fresh herbs and boiling water? Enter this oregano tea. Fresh oregano transforms in 5 minutes into an earthy, fresh drink that’s positively restorative. All you need is a few sprigs and boiling water! When Alex and I tried this for the first time, we were astonished by the flavor. It’s a fun way to make DIY tea, and it makes drinking your daily water much more interesting. Here’s what to do!

How to make oregano tea

All you need is two ingredients for oregano tea: fresh oregano and water! While oregano is best known for flavoring Italian recipes, its flavor lends intrigue to tea. This recipe is best in the summer when you’ve got fresh herbs growing in your garden or in pots. But you can still make it in the winter using fresh oregano from the grocery store. Here’s how to make oregano tea:

  1. Boil: Boil a pot of water. We use an electric tea kettle (that we also use for our morning coffee).
  2. Harvest herbs: Add 2 large leafy oregano sprigs — see the photo for the amount we used.
  3. Steep: Fill up a mug with the boiling water. Allow to stand for 5 minutes, then enjoy!
How to make oregano tea

Oregano tea benefits

Fresh oregano is known to have benefits such as fighting bacteria, anti-cancer properties, and decreasing inflammation. So, it’s possible oregano tea does the same! Many people believe in the power of herbal tea. We can’t promise it will cure all your ailments, but it can’t be argued that it’s positively soothing to drink a cup! Read more about the Benefits of Oregano.

Grow your own oregano

Oregano is easy to grow at home! You don’t even need garden space: just a pot and a sunny ledge! It’s got the best flavor and you can use it in recipes all summer long (see below). Go to How to Grow Herbs for more on growing herbs at home.

Fresh oregano

More herbal teas

You can make tea with all sorts of herbs! Here are a few more herbal tea recipes to try:

Love tea recipes? Also try our Iced Tea, Sweet Tea and Cold Brew Tea.

Oregano tea

More ways to use oregano

This fresh herb is a powerhouse for bringing Mediterranean flavor to a recipe! Here are a few more ways we love to use fresh oregano:

This oregano tea recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Oregano tea

Oregano Tea

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make oregano tea, a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh oregano! The perfect way to use this fresh herb.


  • 2 large leafy fresh oregano sprigs (see photo)
  • Boiling water


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Wash the oregano thoroughly.
  3. Place the oregano sprigs in a mug, and pour over the boiling water. Allow the herbs to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the oregano and enjoy. (Alternate method: If you prefer, you can also chop the oregano leaves and place them in a tea strainer before steeping.)
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Tea
  • Cuisine: Herbal
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Oregano tea

More drinks with herbs

Here’s a way to use herbs in drinks: in infused water recipes! Here are some of our favorites:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. The herb in the photo looks more like mint than oregano. My oregano looks much different. Are there different types or oregano?

    1. There are different types of oregano. This one has larger, almost fuzzy leaves. The tastes are similar, but can have varying levels of spiciness.

  2. Think I have Cuban oregano (Vick’s plant). It’s strong tasting and grows like a weed. Made oregano oil w it, going to try tea.