Thyme Tea

What is thyme tea?

Thyme tea is an herbal beverage prepared from the leaves of the thyme plant found in Southern Europe, Mediterranean region, Asia, and North America. The high therapeutic value of thyme comes from the presence of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential oils that may help in resolving several health conditions.

Thyme Tea

Thyme Tea

Thyme Tea

History and Origin

As a flavoring agent, thyme was used in alcoholic beverages and cheese. The herbal decoction played the role of energy drink. Its high volatile oil content was believed to increase life expectancy by delaying the aging process. Its regular consumption helped in treating several gastrointestinal ailments, including hookworm infection.

Thyme tea benefits

Anti-bacterial properties

Drinking this herbal tea can reduce soreness in the throat, a common symptom of cold. Certain respiratory illnesses caused by infections such as bronchitis are treatable due to its antibacterial effects.

Improves digestion

It might be an effective remedy for common digestive issues such as bloating and gas. Being rich in volatile oils, it can provide relief from abdominal cramps.

Fights fatigue

Thyme tea can help in reducing tiredness, owing to its energy-boosting properties.

Soothing effects on the nervous system

The herbal infusion may help in the management of depression, anxiety, and mental fatigue by calming the nerves.

Thyme Plant

Thyme Plant

Thyme Tea Pictures

Thyme Tea Pictures

Lessens menstrual cramps

During menstruation, it could be taken to reduce spasms in the lower abdomen. It has also been shown to provide relief from the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

Prevents cancer

According to some research studies, it might be beneficial in lowering the risk of colon cancer and breast cancer.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Some studies have shown that thyme exhibits anti-inflammatory activity due to the presence of rosemarinic acid and luteolin. Consumption of this herbal decoction might aid in the treatment of several inflammatory conditions such as acne, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis. However, more evidence is required to supports these benefits.

How to make thyme tea

  • Add 1 tablespoon of dried thyme leaves to a teapot
  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water into the pot and cover it with the lid
  • Steep for about 5 minutes
  • Strain the mixture
  • Add sugar or honey for taste
Thyme Tea Images

Thyme Tea Images

Safety and Precautions

Side effects

Having it as a part of a regular diet does not lead to any adverse effects. However, overconsumption of the herbal tea should be avoided to prevent abdominal discomfort. If it causes any allergic reaction, then immediate medical help must be taken.

Use during pregnancy

Since thyme tea was traditionally used to induce labor and placental expulsion, it is advisable for pregnant women to avoid its consumption. Breastfeeding mothers should also refrain from having this herbal decoction.

Thyme Leaves

Thyme Leaves

Thyme Tea Photos

Thyme Tea Photos

Where to buy

Thyme tea and tea bags can be bought from any herbal tea shop or online tea stores. One of its popular varieties, lemon thyme tea is also available in most local tea stores.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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  3. femi david obaro says:

    Your information on the health benefits of thyme is quite useful. I want to find out if it is anti-inflamatory, diuretic & can it redupce blood fats or cholesterol?

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