What Is Thyme Tea?

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Thyme tea is a type of herbal tea in which thyme is infused with hot water. The infused tea has long been popular in herbal medicine and has been known to remedy a variety of ailments — it is particularly notable for its antiseptic properties. Colds, sore throats, and digestive problems are among the conditions that benefit from a hot cup of thyme tea.

Dried thyme leaves are a common herb used in cooking and were first utilized in the Mediterranean during the 11th century. They have since sprung up across the globe and can be found both harvested from gardens and growing in the wild. The leaves possess a rich, aromatic scent and their essential oil is comprised of a significant amount of thymol, a natural antiseptic.

When the leaves are infused with boiling water and allowed to steep, thyme tea is produced. The average time for the tea to properly permeate the water is approximately two minutes. Thyme tea can be made at home by infusing 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of thyme in 1 cup (236 ml) boiling water; it can also be purchased in ready-made tea bags.

Thyme tea is heralded for its ability to soothe and cure respiratory problems. It loosens mucus in the lungs and helps stave off infection. As a result, it eases coughing and the oftentimes painful effects of bronchitis.


When gargled, thyme tea is an excellent way to combat a sore throat. Its innate antiseptic capabilities are an ideal soothing agent for inflammation throughout the throat area. Before gargling, however, the tea is typically cooled to a comfortable temperature.

Digestive ailments can also be alleviated by thyme tea. Thyme is considered a very cleansing herb, and it has a gentle, purifying effect on the digestive organs. It has also been shown to increase urine flow and help rid the body of toxins.

Thyme tea plays an integral role in customary birthing practices of Jamaican culture. After a woman has delivered a baby, she is traditionally served a cup of thyme tea. It is thought that thyme encourages the contractions of the uterus, which can facilitate the release of the placenta.

Alcoholism may also benefit from thyme tea. A frequent dosage of the tea — 1 tablespoon (15 ml) every 15 minutes — supports the removal of toxins from the body, usually in the form of diarrhea, sweating, increased urination, and vomiting. As a result, an individual will regain his or her appetite and become thirsty, helping to rebalance the system and curb the desire for more alcohol.


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