Thyme is a popular herb native to the Mediterranean region and southern Europe. In fact, this herbal tea has been traditionally used as a natural remedy for treating chest problems and respiratory issues, like flu, chest congestion, common colds, bronchitis, cough, etc.
In addition, it prevents fungal infection and chronic disease, relieves stress, strengthens the immune system, supports heart function, and promotes blood flow.
The essential oil has potent antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-rheumatic properties. In the distant past, people have used bandages with crushed thyme on their wounds to speed up the healing process and prevent infection.
This beneficial herb is also rich in calcium, iron, and potassium. Therefore, it successfully supports the production of red blood cells, regulates blood pressure, and supports the antioxidant distribution throughout the body. Also, it’s high in Vitamin A, B-complex, C, and folic acid.
Furthermore, thyme is rich in bioflavonoids and volatile oils such as thymol which have potent antioxidant effects. Thyme is also beneficial in the cases of lupus, vertigo, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
The terpenoids, like ursolic and rosmarinic acids, have strong cancer-fighting properties. Some studies have revealed that the regular use of thyme increases the DHA amount in heart, kidney, and brain cell membranes. DHA is also a vital omega-3 fatty acid.
The thyme essential oil has powerful expectorant and bronchial antispasmodic properties which are useful in the case of:
- A sore throat and throat infections
- Acute and chronic bronchitis
- Mouth inflammation
Here is how to prepare homemade thyme tea and enjoy its health benefits:
- Organic thyme
- Purified water
Take a brewing container and add a teaspoon of dried thyme per cup of water. Boil it and then remove it from heat. Cover and infuse it for 5 minutes. Lastly, strain it. Enjoy!