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Thyme Tea: Health Benefits, Side Effects and How To Make

Thyme is usually used as an ornamental plant. It’s beautiful flowers come in various shades of pink ranging from lightest pink which is almost white to purple. The use of thyme is not just limited to decorations but it further extends to our kitchen where it is prominently used as a herb. It has a rare taste and an aroma that makes it great to be used for the preparation of incense sticks. 


How To Make Thyme Tea

Thyme tea is usually made of almost all parts of the thyme plant like the leaves, the stem, and even the flower.

Steps to make thyme tea are as follows:-

  • Just bring some water to boil in a vessel and dried thyme to this water
  • Cover the mixture and let it be on heat for 12-15 minutes to enjoy the warm, aromatic and distinguished taste of this refreshingly healthy cup of tea
  • A spoon of honey may be added to make the thyme tea even better

Health Benefits of Thyme Tea

Thyme in itself has always been considered to have many medicinal benefits. Thyme tea is also often referred to as an antiseptic tea due to its innumerable benefits for our human body and its functioning. Some of the most astounding benefits that can be enjoyed with its regular consumption are:

1) It acts as a great pain reliever. Its usage as an analgesic has been known to provide relief from muscle aches.  Do remember only regular usage of thyme tea can lead to effective results.

2) Not just an analgesic, thyme tea works great as an anti-stress and anti-depressant. Many people find the soothing aroma effective in helping them evade the thoughts of loneliness and stress. Thus, leading to an overall happy and balanced persona.

3) Severe headaches or migraines as we commonly refer to them as (though don’t do that, migraine needs proper treatment and medication, unlike a normal headache.) are known to have subsided to a lot of extent with the regular use of thyme tea.

4) Our skin is susceptible to certain allergies and issues. Thyme tea helps in evading these problems due to its antiseptic qualities.  It is equally effective in the case of protection of skin from acne as well.

5) Thyme is used in place of table salt can help in controlling blood pressure levels. This is a much sought after solution to manage and correct the blood pressure levels. 

6) Thyme is known to be rich in vitamin content especially vitamin C. Thus, thyme tea is effective in healing common cough and cold.

7) We all talk about immunity and immunity boosters. Who knew that a normal culinary herb, used as tea can lead to the same. Thyme tea has vitamin C which helps in boosting our immune system.

8) Thyme tea has nutrients that help in the enrichment of our central nervous system by boosting the function development of our brain. These nutrients are Omega 3 fatty acids which not only help our brain but also soothe our heart by lowering cholesterol.

9) Thyme has a rich content of antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to fight cancer-causing cells. Thus, thyme tea leads to prevention from cancer.

10) Well, what better than a tea that not only helps when consumed but can be topically for direct application on the skin. You read that the right topical application of thyme tea on the skin helps fight many infections, cleanses the skin and soothes cuts and bruises as well.

11) The topical application of thyme tea further helps in acting as a cleaner for the skin. Its antiseptic properties help in evading infections and it’s antioxidant content leads to glowing skin.

12) Thyme tea is known to have helped in curbing infections being caused due to yeast after it’s regular consumption.

13) Some studies also point towards the consumption of thyme tea in its contribution to the reduction and prevention of colon and breast cancer due to its high antioxidant content.

14) Not many anti-microbial herbs are known. Thyme is one such herb. Thyme tea further has similar properties and is known to bring a decline in the interaction of bacteria with common drugs that leads to resistance at times.

15) Well, don’t like hot tea much. Then try gargling with the cool thyme tea to relieve you from all kinds of throat infections.

These benefits had led to the extensive use of thyme. It is not only a famous culinary herb but an equally famous anti-septic.

Side Effects of Thyme Tea

Thyme tea does have its share of side effects as well. Mentioned below is a list of side effects which may be experienced:

1) If taken in large quantities or overdose of thyme tea can be dangerous It leads to several complications ranging from nausea, diarrhea and it may even cause the feeling of giddiness.

2) Thyme is known to be an irritant to ulcer and thus, must be avoided in case you have had ulcer issues.

3) Thyme tea if consumed regularly without checking for allergies may cause heartburns.

4) Thyme tea is very much capable of altering or interfering in the interaction of medicines with your body. Thus, the same may be avoided in case any regular medicine is being consumed.

5) Allergies due to thyme can cause rash, itching or even throat infections and breathing issues. Kindly consult the doctor at the earliest in such cases.


Apart from the above side effects, thyme tea is not a great choice during pregnancy or even while you are breastfeeding your little bundle of joy. Do test for allergies before the consumption of this tea. If no allergies are found, then you have finally unlocked the secret remedy to keep you looking, feeling and being radiant. Please do share your review on thyme tea, its taste, and the aroma in the section below.