Thyme is a herb picked from an evergreen plant, and while it’s primarily known for its culinary benefits, there are also medicinal uses. Thyme tea is becoming more and more popular with each passing year, and it’s easy enough to make at home. Here are six reasons why you should be drinking thyme tea regularly.
In today’s fast-paced world, getting enough vitamins into your body naturally can be challenging. Fortunately, thyme tea contains two of the most important vitamins of them all – vitamins C and A. Your body needs these vitamins to keep your immune system healthy, and they can even boost your immunity if you consume thyme tea regularly. In fact, if you consume it when you feel a cold or other illness coming on, you may be able to prevent it entirely, or at least reduce its severity and duration.
A 2006 study published in the German journal Arzneimittel-Forschung, which translates to Drug Discovery, found that the oils in thyme tea are highly effective as a natural cough remedy. This was especially true when the thyme was combined with ivy leaves. In fact, the common Ricola brand cough drops often contain thyme for this very reason. Thyme tea can also reduce the inflammation in your airways, which can act as a therapeutic treatment for those who have asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other medical conditions.
Carvacrol is one of the most-studied active compounds found in thyme tea. A study in 2013 showed that patients who regularly consumed thyme tea demonstrated changes in neurological activity (measured by brain scans) that improved their overall feelings of wellbeing. Current studies are measuring thyme’s effectiveness in treating conditions such as depression and anxiety, and while results aren’t yet available, researchers are hopeful.
High blood pressure is known as the silent killer. It often produces no symptoms or warning signs, but it can lead to stroke, heart attack, and other potentially fatal problems. Thyme tea may be able to reduce hypertension, and researchers in Serbia are currently trying to prove this. At the University of Belgrade, researchers gave hypertensive rats an aqueous thyme extract (like what is produced by brewing thyme tea), and found that the rats’ blood pressure was significantly reduced. Because rats have a similar physiology to humans where hypertension is concerned, these results are very promising.
Another active ingredient found in thyme tea, known as thymol, is a well-known and highly studied anticarcinogen. In fact, studies have shown that thyme can directly attack and kill breast cancer cells without altering the DNA of nearby healthy cells. What’s more, scientists in Portugal discovered that thyme tea, especially, may be able to ward off various forms of colon cancer.
With many drug-resistant strains of bacteria, including MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), scientists and researchers are starting to look into other means of fighting infection. Another study conducted at the University of Lisbon in Portugal showed that thyme tea was highly effective in reducing the numbers of resistant bacteria in patients’ bloodstreams.
The best way to make thyme tea is with fresh, high-quality ingredients. You should always use fresh thyme, filtered water, and raw, organic honey and lemon. To start, bring filtered or purified water to a boil, then remove from the heat. Add your fresh thyme leaves (a few sprigs – more or less to taste), and allow them to steep in the water for 15 minutes. Finally, sweeten your tea with the raw, organic honey, and add lemon to taste, if you prefer. For the best results, and to get the health benefits, you should drink a cup of thyme tea each day.
Thyme tea is incredibly simple to make. In fact, you can grow your own fresh thyme so you have it on hand all year. The prepared tea tastes amazing, and it offers a variety of medicinal benefits that range from cancer prevention to the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.