Oregano is a medicinal plant that has been known for a long time, its properties have already been described by Hippocrates and Aristotle. In the Middle Ages, it was supposed to protect against witchcraft and evil charms. Today it is used in the kitchen and in the home medicine cabinet.
How to make oregano tincture? Easiest recipe requires 4 tablespoons of dried herb poured with 4 cups (16 fl oz / 480 ml) of pure spirit. Additionally, add one tablespoon of honey and set aside for about 1 month. Next add 4 cups (16 fl oz / 480 ml) of water and leave for 1 week, after this time strain the tincture and pour it into dark glass bottles, keep in a dark place for the next 3 months.
Do you want to know more about oregano tincture? Keep reading – I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful (here link to my article about supplies) when you will be making a oregano tincture by yourself. I’m making tinctures from 2001 and have gathered and read dozens of books about them, so information that you will find in this article should be helpful 🙂
Where to buy oregano for tincture?
If you are not using fresh fruits you can find dried oregano on Amazon here – Organic Oregano, 6.5 oz. Bottle.
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Oregano tincture uses, what is it good for
Oregano tincture can be helpful with and used for:
- respiratory tract disorders such as coughs, asthma, croup, and bronchitis,
- gastrointestinal (GI) disorders such as heartburn and bloating,
- treating menstrual cramps,
- rheumatoid arthritis,
- urinary tract disorders including urinary tract infections (UTIs),
- heart conditions.
Oregano tincture benefits
Oregano is rich in vitamin C, A, E and K, folic acid, fiber and magnesium, iron, calcium and phosphorus. It has a high content of essential oil obtained from the fresh leaves of the herb. Its composition includes carvacrol and thymol, which have strong antifungal and antibacterial properties.
The oil also has antioxidant properties, thus preventing premature skin aging. It has also found application in combating Candida yeasts, in relieving digestive ailments, during colds and joint pain.
Oregano tincture dosage
Most sources suggest using oregano tincture before meals, you can take 1 tablespoon of oregano tincture, 2-3 times a day.
Oregano tincture recipe and preparation
When you are using fresh oregano for tincture you will need 8 oz of fresh leaves (around 240g), 4 tablespoons of honey and 4 cups (32 fl oz / 960 ml) of pure vodka.
Wash and dry the oregano leaves, pour them with vodka and add honey, mix in an airtight jar. Leave in a dark place for 2 weeks, after that time strain the tincture and pour it into dark glass bottles, keep in a dark place for the next 4 months before using.
Oregano tincture recipe without alcohol
Alcohol tinctures are probably the most potent way to get healing and balancing benefits of herbs for our use.
But if you can’t or don’t want to consume alcohol, or you should not give it to kids, as a substitute you can make a glycerin-based, alcohol-free herbal extract, also called an herbal glycerite. Such extract is not as strong or long-lasting as alcohol tinctures, but it takes only up to 3 days to make it.
Recipe to prepare oregano glycerite without alcohol: put 4 tablespoons of herb in a jar, fill to the top with glycerine. Cover and put in a slow cooker (or Instant Pot with a slow cooker feature) that’s lined with a towel and filled with water — run on low for 3 days. After that remove and strain, keep in a dry and cool place in dark glass bottles.
Oregano tincture contraindications and side effects
Oregano tincture safe when taken in the amounts suggested, mild side effects include stomach upset. Oregano might also cause an allergic reaction in people who have an allergy to plants in the Lamiaceae family.
What type of alcohol is used for oregano tincture?
Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried oregano, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the fruit out of it.
How long does oregano tincture last?
When stored in a cool, dry place, oregano tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.
Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home
I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars.
- Mortar for herbs – granite.
- Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles.
- Large bottles, dark glass.
- Medium bottles, dark glass.
- Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
- Cloth for tincture filtering.
- Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
- Tincture press for better extraction.
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Other names of oregano
It is also known under such names: Carvacrol, Dostenkraut, European Oregano, Huile d’Origan, Marjolaine Bâtarde, Marjolaine Sauvage, Marjolaine Vivace, Mediterranean Oregano, Mountain Mint, Oil of Oregano, Oregano Oil, Organy, Origan, Origan Européen, Origani Vulgaris Herba, Origano, Origanum, Origanum vulgare, Phytoprogestin, Thé Sauvage, Thym des Bergers, Wild Marjoram, Winter Marjoram, Wintersweet.
Sources: if you would like to check more info about the oregano here you can find a webmd.com article about it.