The Amazing Benefits of Thyme Tea

January 5, 2020
Thyme is a plant valued for its interesting medicinal properties. Do you know its health benefits? In this article, we share them and tell you how to prepare thyme tea.

Have you ever wondered what the benefits of thyme tea are? If the answer is yes, the first thing you should know is that it’s an aromatic herb that’s commonly used in cooking, perfumes, and can also be enjoyed in the form of hot tea.

What’s thyme tea for?

From now on, you’ll no longer only use this spice to add flavor and delicious smells to your foods, but you’ll also want to give it a try in a hot drink. Thanks to its content of thymol and other bioactive compounds, thyme has interesting health benefits.

In fact, according to information published in Phytotherapy Research, this plant has many functional possibilities in the pharmaceutical, food, and cosmetic industries. In general, it has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic properties.

Want to know more about it? Below, discover how to enjoy thyme tea by knowing all its properties.

Also read: Healthy Benefits and Properties of Thyme

1. Disinfectant

A cup of thyme tea.

According to research published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, thyme has effective antimicrobial properties thanks to its main active compound, thymol, which has shown effects against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

  • If you have a mouth ulcer, you can drink hot or cold thyme tea to reduce inflammation and disinfect the area.
  • In addition, since this is a strong antiseptic thanks to the thymol it contains, you can use this tea to cure wounds, eye infections, and cuts in the skin.

2. It helps relieve respiratory problems

Another active compound of thyme is carvacrol. This substance has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, as research published in the Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine highlighted, this substance helps reduce airway inflammation in conditions such as asthma. It’s even used for colds, bronchitis, and laryngitis, among other conditions.

  • When you have a cold with a cough or another sickness that affects the respiratory system (above all, the typical winter illnesses brought on by bacteria or viruses), you can trust the power of thyme tea. It may help treat the symptoms of bronchitis and asthma, although it doesn’t replace medical treatment.

3. Thyme may prevent premature aging

A representation of aging in women.

Thanks to the amount of antioxidants that thyme tea contains and its large contribution of flavonoids, you can maintain healthy cell function and prevent premature aging in cells and organs.

According to research published in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, the antioxidant properties of this plant, and especially rosmarinic acid, act beneficially against the effects of overexposure to UV solar radiation. Specifically, they could help prevent photoaging and collagen deterioration.

4. It reduces premenstrual syndrome symptoms

A woman with premenstrual syndrome symptoms.

As we mentioned above, there’s evidence of the antispasmodic properties of thyme. Thus, the typical symptoms of the days leading up to menstruation can be reduced with thyme tea. During your period, it can also relieve cramps and other discomforts.

5. Thyme lowers blood pressure

This spice is native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and North Africa, where they have used it since Ancient Greek times as a medicinal plant. Drinking its tea once per day can help regulate blood pressure as well as improve the health of your arteries and veins.

According to data from a study published in Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, extracts of a species of thyme known as Thymus linearis showed favorable effects in reducing heart rate, blood pressure, and cholesterol in rats.

Although more evidence is needed to corroborate these effects in humans, for now it can be an excellent replacement for salt in your meals.

6. It improves your mood

Stress, anxiety, depression, irritability? Don’t worry, thyme tea can help you. Actually, thyme contains a substance with therapeutic and relaxing properties called carvacrol.

According to scientific evidence, when you consume it, feelings of well-being and comfort balance brain activity. It also increases your energy levels and relieves anxiety. This is another reason to enjoy this herb after a long, exhausting day.

Visit this article: How to Improve Your Mood with Natural Remedies

How to drink thyme tea

A thyme infusion.

It all depends on the way that you would like to use it. In other words, different preparation is required if you would like to use it internally or externally.

In either case, you should remember that it’s a complement, not a replacement of medical treatment. At any sign of a disease, you should see a professional.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of thyme leaves (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 g)

Preparation

  • Heat the water, and when it’s boiling, add the thyme.
  • After that, cook for 15 minutes and remove it from the heat source.
  • Let is sit until it’s at drinking temperature.
  • Filter out the leaves and transfer it to a spray bottle.
  • Finally, apply it to the infected area to clean and disinfect.

If you want to enjoy the benefits of thyme tea if you have a cough or a cold, you can add a few more ingredients:

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of thyme leaves (10 g)
  • A cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (30 ml)
  • 1/2 lemon

Preparation

  • First, heat the water.
  • Then, when the water starts to boil, add the thyme and cook for 15 minutes.
  • After, remove from the heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  • Filter out the leaves and add a tablespoon of honey.
  • Squeeze the lemon and add the juice.
  • Finally, drink it as hot as you can handle.

These people should avoid this tea:

  • People who suffer from stomach ulcers.
  • People who suffer from heart problems.
  • Pregnant women.

Finally

Be sure to consume this infusion in a moderate way, avoiding more than one cup a day. In excess, it can be counterproductive. Also, if you’re taking any medical treatment, check with your doctor to see if it’s safe for you to drink this tea.

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