It’s much more than a seasoning for your favorite Italian dish.
It’s also a gas-buster.
Embarrassing In-flight Gas
This isn’t really dinner conversation: trapped gas on a long flight (but I know you’ve had it).
You know the gas I’m talking about.
The gas that makes you unbutton your pants during a long flight.
The gas that builds up and makes you squirm in your seat.
Fight that gas with a hot cup of oregano tea!
Eliminating Painful Gas With Oregano Tea
Long flights are notoriously hard on travelers – digestively speaking. Trapped gas sounds funny – but it can be very painful. It can be hard to move and even hurt to breath.
I experienced this on a long flight from Canada to Ecuador. When we landed in Guayaquil a friend suggested oregano tea. I was skeptical but tried it anyway.
And within 20 minutes the pain was gone!
Now, I never travel without oregano tea.
Tip: For travel it’s best to use an unopened package of oregano leaves (label on) unless you have tea bags. (You can imagine airport security finding a little Ziploc bag full of dry green leaves in your luggage!)
3 More Health Benefits of Oregano Tea
Turns out that oregano tea has a number of health benefits. A few are particularly helpful for travelers:
- Drinking oregano tea regularly can help fight parasites and amoebas.
- It has powerful antibacterial properties which fight the growth of many different kinds of bacteria.
- It also helps with headaches, insomnia, muscle spasms, congestion, diarrhea and motion sickness.
Caution: If you are allergic to mint, be careful with oregano because it belongs to the mint family.
Making Oregano Tea
If you can’t find oregano tea bags at your local store, you can easily make it at home.
Pick up some oregano (the same stuff you use in your pizza sauce) and steep it in boiling water.
Strain out the leaves (an infuser makes this much easier) and add some honey.
How much dry oregano should you use? About the same amount you would see in a normal bag of tea.
Tip: You might get a better deal if you buy oregano in bulk. Just keep it in the freezer as you use it. If you can’t find it at the supermarket you can buy a 1lb bag on Amazon. Don’t forget the infuser – most of the oregano tea sold in North America is loose leaf (not in a bag). In many other parts of the world, its commonly found packaged in tea bags.
What’s your best in-flight gas story? Have you experienced the gas-busting relief of oregano tea? Do you have any other health tips for travelers? Please share your comments on this post.