Thyme has been used for a number of centuries as a treatment for a number of ailments, including epileptic seizures and influenza. It was often mixed in equal ratios with lavender and this mixture was sprinkled on the floors of Churches during the middle ages. Doing this eliminated unpleasant odors. Crushed thyme was used for warding off infections and promoting wound healing long before modern medicine was discovered.
The volatile essential oils in thyme are abundant in anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-parasitic and anti-rheumatic properties.
Consuming thyme tea on a regular basis can notably decrease the viral load in the body. It is quite helpful for dealing with Multiple Sclerosis, Tinnitus, Vertigo, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Thyme is abundant in minerals and vitamins. Moreover, it is abundant in calcium, iron and potassium, all of which stimulate regulation of the blood sugar, formation of proper red blood cells, and antioxidants distribution in the body. It is also rich in folic acid, B-complex and vitamins A and C.
Additionally, there are various important volatile oils and bioflavonoids in thyme, thymol being one of them. Thymol is a critical oil which has a potent antioxidant properties.
Furthermore, thyme possesses cancer preventive properties. It contains ursolic acids, rosmarinic and terpenoids. Consuming thyme on a regular basis increases the DHA amount. DHA is docosahexaenoic acid, which is a type of omega-3 fatty acid in the heart cell membranes, kidney and brain.
Thyme’s essential oils have antispasmodic and expectorant properties and they can treat:
- Sore throats
- Chronic and acute bronchitis
- Mouth inflammation
- Gingivitis prevention
- Throat infections
- Make Thyme Tea in This Way
- Handful of fresh or dried thyme tea
- A container, which is covered for straining and brewing
Put the herbs in the brewing container. If you put one cup of water, 1 teaspoon of dried herbs is enough.
Pour over the water which is just before boiling point.
Cover it and leave if for about 5 minutes.
Thyme Tea Side Effects
According to a study published in the April 2006 issue of “Contact Dermatitis,” you should avoid drinking thyme tea if you have a known sensitivity to plants in the mint family of Lamiaceae. The list of members belonging to this family is long, but some common plants include rosemary, basil, catmint, hyssop, oregano and celery. Juan R. Avila, author of “Professional’s Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines,” advises to avoid thyme if you have an allergy to grass. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, tightening of the throat, skin rash or swelling of the joints after drinking thyme tea, seek immediate medical attention.
According to authors Joanne Barnes and Mark Blumenthal, high doses of thyme may produce negative side effects. Some of the most commonly reported side effects associated with thyme include heartburn, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, headache and dizziness. In addition, the volatile oils present in thyme leaves may promote slowed heart rate and rapid breathing in certain individuals.
Avila also cautions against ingesting thyme or tea made from thyme leaves if you have a history of heart disease, peptic ulcers or other gastrointestinal disorders.
German researchers have found that one species of thyme, Thymus serpyllum, may have an adverse effect on the thyroid. The research team, who published their findings in the June 1982 issue of “Planta Medica,” reported that thyme, as well as other members of the mint family, impacted levels of a thyroid-stimulating hormone secreted by the pituitary gland in rats. In theory, this means that drinking thyme tea on a regular basis could result in a decrease of thyroid hormones in people as well. In addition, you should avoid thyme tea if you are undergoing thyroid replacement therapy or taking anti-thyroid medications.
Pregnancy and Lactation
There isn’t enough scientific information to establish the safety of thyme for pregnant women, and it is not known if thyme compounds pass into breast milk. However, it should be noted that thyme has historically been used to promote menstruation, which means there may be a risk of spontaneous abortion involved. As a general rule, pregnant and nursing women should not consume herbal teas or supplements without the guidance of a health care practitioner.