There’s nothing nicer than sipping on a warm cup of tea in the morning. Better yet, what if that tea could heal things in your body that might otherwise be a little off?
Our tea-drinking ancestors utilized this tea and had the wisdom to recognize its value in healing the body from the inside out. That tea is thyme tea. It is otherwise known in the culinary field to add flavour to different dishes (like pea soup – one of my favourites!), but not many people know that you can also make tea with the herb, too.
Benefits of Thyme Tea
Thyme is delicate herb that contains potent anti-viral properties. It was used by Hippocrates, “The Father of Western Medicine,” for things like respiratory diseases and other lung-related conditions. During the 1340s, posies of thyme were worn for protection during the Black Death that swept across Europe.
Nowadays, thyme is recognized for its amazing ability to reduce viral load in the body. This makes it highly beneficial for those suffering from fibromyalgia (3), Hashimoto’s, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Epstein-Barr virus, shingles, hepatitis, influenza, herpes, HPV, chronic fatigue syndrome, thyroiditis, vertigo and tinnitus (4, 5, 6, 7).
The essential oil of thyme contains between 20-60% thymol – thyme’s most active ingredient. Surprisingly, this compound is used in Listerine mouthwash and Vicks VapoRub, because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Thyme also contains ursolic acid and rosmarinic acid, both of which provide the plant with extra healing abilities. Ursolic acid has been found to increase skeletal muscle mass and brown fat, while decreasing diet-induced obesity, improving glucose intolerance and reserving fatty liver disease (8).
Rosmarinic acid possesses anti-inflammatory benefits, which can reduce symptoms of arthritis and inflammatory diseases like lupus (9).
Another interesting property of thyme is that it contains carvacrol, which possesses some very positive mood-boosting effects (10). It can help increase dopamine and serotonin levels, two key neurotransmitters when it comes to positively influencing your mood. The study referenced under (10) suggests that if thyme is consumed in low concentrations on the daily, it can help improve feelings of well-being.
And yet another compound present in thyme – pyridoxine, which is known to play an important role in manufacturing GABA levels in the brain. This helps aid in regulating sleep patterns, and benefits neurotransmitter function in the brain. Believe it or not, but GABA is also one of the best natural defences against stress damage.
Thyme also contains some of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs, as it is packed with bioflavonoids like lutein, zeaxanthin, and naringenin, which help eradicate damaging free-radicals, as well as other disease-producing molecules from the body.
How To Make Thyme Tea & Water
– 2 sprigs of fresh thyme (or 2 tsp. fresh thyme/1 tbsp. dried thyme)
– 10-16 ounces of hot water
– optional: fresh lemon and raw honey
Place the thyme in a mug and pour in some hot water – if you’re using sprigs, leave as is, but if using dried or fresh loose leaves, put into a mesh steeper. Allow it to steep for 15 minutes or more. Remove the thyme, and then sweeten with raw honey and/or lemon. Enjoy!
– 2 bunches of fresh thyme sprigs (or 2.5 tbsp. fresh thyme/4 tbsp. dried thyme)
– 32-64 ounces filtered water
– optional: fresh lemon or lime, raw honey, cucumber slices, etc.
Fill a glass pitcher with room temperature water and add thyme sprigs or loose fresh/dried thyme. Allow to soak on the kitchen counter overnight, and in the morning, remove/strain the thyme and add lemon/raw honey or whatever else you may like. Sip the water throughout the day to reap the amazing healing benefits.