May We Recommend: Oregano Tea to Soothe Sinus Congestion | The Jewish Week | Food & Wine

May We Recommend: Oregano Tea to Soothe Sinus Congestion

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If you are prone to sinus congestion and headaches, you may want to adjust your diet. “Any mucus forming food can aggravate chronic sinusitis. Dairy is the worst culprit, but refined flours, eggs, and fried and processed foods can exacerbate the problem,” notes New York-based Homeopath, Dr. Lauri Grossman. Not everyone is sensitive to these foods; one way to find out is to eliminate them from your diet for two weeks to see if your condition improves. If you start consuming them again and congestion reappears, you may want to opt for other non-dairy products such as a nut milk.  

Eating crushed garlic and spicy foods in small amounts such as horseradish, wasabi, and cayenne pepper can alleviate congestion. Grossman recommends taking a small spoonful of crushed horseradish mixed with lemon.

If garlic and spicy foods don’t agree with you, consider oregano, which has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries.  According to a study published in The Journal of Nutrition*, oregano is rich in dietary antioxidants, which improve the body's ability to fight infection and protects cells against the effects of free radicals. Oregano can help counter effects from respiratory tract infections and alleviate symptoms of asthma. Grossman recommends 500 mg or .5 ml of oregano oil three or four times daily for an acute infection or follow directions on the container.

An at-home remedy is to brew oregano tea. Steep three tablespoons of crushed fresh oregano or one tablespoon dried oregano in a mug with boiling water for 5-10 minutes, depending on the desired strength. Flavor with lemon and honey.

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