When it comes to Herbal Teas, none are quite like Thyme Tea. It is a beverage with character, with flavour, with history and Thyme Tea Benefits are well documented. It is a herb known best as an accompaniment but here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we believe it’s time that changed.

Thyme Tea deserves recognition not only for how great it tastes but also for what it is capable of. In fact, when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, this tea can help to improve your everyday way of life.

But how? Let’s explore Thyme Tea and discover its potential health benefits.

What is Thyme

What is Thyme?

Thyme is a plant recognised botanically as Thymus vulgaris. It is a perennial shrub native to much of Europe and Asia, growing 15-20cm tall.

As most of us know, the tiny green-grey leaves of the thyme plant are very aromatic and fragrant, and are what we use in our Herbal Tea (but we’ll get to that later). It also has woody stems from which the leaves grow on and during the spring and summer months, the shrub blooms white, pink, violet, or lilac flowers.

There are many varieties of Thyme, including Thymus citriodorus and Thymus serpyllum, but Thymus vulgaris (known also as “common Thyme”) is the most popular and also the one most used for cooking, as well as for its medicinal qualities.

We’re a big fan of the herb, but we’re an even bigger fan of the Thyme Tea.

Thyme Tea

Thyme Tea

It is the leaves of the Thyme plant and their wonderful smell that entices the palate. The leaves are the component used in many a culinary dish. So, does it come as any surprise that these same leaves are what we use in our Herbal Tea, also?

Brewing Thyme Tea for 5 to 10 minutes will produce a beverage like no other. It is bold; it is flavoursome; it is even slightly piquant in character.

Thyme Herbal Tea consists of a strong herbaceous taste with slightly minty undertones. It also produces a tingling sensation that dances on your palate before embracing a lovely, refreshing aftertaste to finish off.

Most people choose to drink Thyme Tea without any additions, although honey may be considered as an optional extra. The choice is yours; choose well with Thyme Tea.

History of Thyme

History of Thyme

And no, we’re not talking about Stephen Hawking's theories on the laws of physics, we’re talking about one of the tastiest Herbal Teas around, a tea that has stood the test of time.

Records suggest that Thyme was first used by the Ancient Egyptians, which is the case with many herbal ingredients including Camomile and Peppermint.

But unlike Camomile and Peppermint, Thyme was used not for skin care or for incense; it was instead used for embalming rituals. Historians today believe that Thyme was considered a powerful aid to those making their passage into the next life.

However, it was later used for incense in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, particularly in Holy Temples as it was linked to the sources of courage, high spirits and power.

The name “Thyme” may (or may not!) have originated from the Greek term “to fumigate” because of its association with incense. It is one thing that historians cannot agree on, and as a result, the name remains a mystery.

During the Roman era, in particular, Thyme had multiple yet equally important roles to play in society. Most notably, it was widely held that eating Thyme either before or during a meal would protect against poison!

It will come as no surprise, then, that Emperors of Rome favoured Thyme for keeping political adversaries and would-be assassinators at bay (alas, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim, so don’t go upsetting anyone before dinner!).

Roman soldiers also exchanged sprigs of Thyme as a sign of respect, whereupon it was then inhaled to evoke a spirit of courage just before a battle.

But the biggest battle that Thyme would face was yet to come, one not of armies but instead, of rodents. When the Black Death struck Europe in the late 1340’s, thousands if not millions of people turned to Thyme for relief and protection against the plague.

Thyme was a vital ingredient in the making of medicinal concoctions and decoctions supposedly capable of fighting the Black Death. It was also hung above doors to ward off evil spirits brought about by the disease.

Following the destruction wrought by the 1340’s plague, Thyme was once again considered a “good-luck-charm” gifted to men bound for battle in the Middle Ages. Most soldiers would cram their pockets full of Thyme while others attached the herb to their clothing or armour as a visible badge of honour.

Centuries later, Thyme took an almost mystical turn. During the Victorian era, wonderfully weaved tales were told of how a patch of wild Thyme growing in the woods indicated the presence of fairies. For generations, young girls camped out near remote clearings in forests, awaiting the arrival of a woodland tribe of fairies whom would dance the night away wherever Thyme was found growing.

Nowadays, fairy sightings are few and far between, although Thyme has again evolved to become something different, something special. Today, Thyme is recognised as a medicinal wonder due to the incredible Thyme tea benefits.

But don’t just take our word for it - check out the science behind it all!

Thyme Tea Benefits

Thyme Tea Benefits

Striving for a healthy lifestyle is no easy feat. It means hard work, discipline; it means getting up early in the morning for a jog, eating salads for lunch, and generally holding back from overindulgence.

But it doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, if you’re willing to “rock the boat out” a little, then you may find it more interesting than you first thought.

Thyme Tea benefits are not a fix-all solution to leading a healthy and active lifestyle; it is, however, a step in the right direction. It should be seen more as an addition to eating healthily and exercising frequently.

Nevertheless, if you are able to tick the other boxes as you go along (meaning that morning job among other things), then Thyme Tea may have the potential to improve your everyday way of life.

So, how does it work? And what is Thyme Tea good for?

For starters, the leaves of the Thyme plant and Thyme Tea itself contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and other antioxidants. Including potassium, manganese, calcium, iron, and selenium. Potassium, for example, can maintain “healthy” blood pressure and keep the heart rate under control, while iron is necessary for the formation of red blood cells in the body. Already, Thyme Tea is improving your cardiovascular health.

Furthermore, Thyme contains thymol, an essential oil with antifungal and antiseptic properties. The frequent consumption of this tea can, potentially, provide relief from insect bites, burns and wounds. It can also improve the health of the immune system, helping you to fight off common colds and coughs.

Better still, the antioxidants in Thyme Tea have the potential to combat free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the product of natural human oxidation and when left unchecked, can have a momentous impact on the overall health of your system. Thyme Tea benefits, meanwhile, can neutralise free radicals which, in turn, reduces the risks of developing a number of chronic conditions.

And that’s not all. There is much more waiting to be discovered with Thyme Tea benefits.

Thyme Tea and Weight Loss

Thyme Tea and Weight Loss

Summer is fast approaching. Are you ready? If not, then try not to worry as Thyme Tea might be able to help you lose a few extra pounds alongside a healthy and active lifestyle.

According to preliminary research, Thyme and Thyme Tea has metabolism-boosting properties to aid weight loss.

A metabolism essentially converts the fuel in your food into energy, which is then used to power near enough everything we do. And by supposedly boosting the metabolism with Thyme Tea, the body is able to burn fat quicker and more efficiently.

Could Thyme Tea help you to reach your weight loss goal? It is a very strong possibility.

Thyme Tea for Coughs

Thyme Tea for Coughs

Have a tickle at the back of your throat? Drink Thyme Tea.

Already in Germany, Thyme is officially approved as a cough treatment as well as a remedy for upper respiratory infections, bronchitis, and whooping cough, which is likewise supported by two preliminary studies conducted at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

This is because, according to promising research, the antioxidant “cocktail” that is Thyme Tea, particularly its abundance of flavonoids, have cough-suppressant abilities.

The flavonoids in Thyme Tea can relax the tracheal and ileal muscles, which are involved in coughing, and also reduce inflammation and headaches.

It might not stop you from feeling unwell, but Thyme Tea will at least make things a little easier to handle.

Thyme Tea and Pregnancy

Thyme Tea and Pregnancy

Thyme Tea is safe to drink while pregnant.

It has antiseptic, diuretic and diaphoretic properties; it has B-complex vitamins and vitamin C; it is naturally caffeine free; combined, these qualities make for great drinking when pregnant.

However, it should also be noted that pregnant women should be aware of how much Thyme Tea they are drinking. The overconsumption of this beverage may increase the tone of the uterine muscles, as well as increase blood pressure, although nothing yet is known for certain.

For that reason, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company recommend a medical consultation with a Doctor, a Nurse, or a Midwife before consuming Thyme Tea while pregnant.

Nevertheless, the vast majority of research indicates that not only is Thyme Tea safe but also beneficial to pregnant women.

And there is one certainty, Thyme Tea is an excellent alternative to “regular tea” (tea containing leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant) when looking to cut down one’s caffeine intake.

Thyme Tea for Sclerosis

Thyme Tea for Sclerosis

Sclerosis is categorised as a condition related to the stiffening of a structure, usually the brain or the spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance, according to NHS Choices.

Symptoms, depending on the type of sclerosis, can vary from mild to severe and in some cases can cause disability. So, how can Thyme Tea help?

The anti-inflammatory properties of Thyme Tea may, although studies are scarce, aid in the reduction of Sclerosis-related symptoms when they are at their worse.

Until more is known, however, we strictly do not endorse the consumption of Thyme Tea, or any tea, for the reduction of symptoms associated with Sclerosis, Nevertheless, we support ongoing research.

Thyme Tea for Fibromyalgia

Thyme Tea for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that occurs due to chronic pain in the specific parts of the body. Scientists believe it is caused by a “glitch” in the way your brain and spinal cord handle pain signals.

For those who have Fibromyalgia, pain can be felt at any given time, even when one is not sick or injured.

Many of the properties of Thyme Tea, including its antiviral, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, antiparasitic, and antifungal properties, can lower the viral load in the body, thus making it an effective, although not yet proven, treatment of fibromyalgia.

The main contributor to these properties is the abundance of thymol found in Thyme Tea.

Researchers have suggested that for patients with fibromyalgia, nutrition is not properly available to their body to prepare enough energy for the day. On of the Thyme Tea benefits is it can also help with this by providing the body with a much-needed nutritional boost; it can also help with so much more.

But again, like drinking Thyme Tea for Sclerosis,  However we recommend speaking with a medical professional before choosing to drink Thyme tea for a medical condition, we do however support ongoing research.

Health Benefits of Thyme TeaOther Health Benefits of Thyme Tea

The list of Thyme Tea benefits goes on. And on. And on (that’s a good thing!).

One of the most bizarre yet remarkable Thyme Tea benefits is the brew’s ability to, believe it or not, kill off larvae of the life-threatening tiger mosquito, a carrier of the Yellow fever virus as well as St. Louis encephalitis dengue fever and Chikungunya fever.

But for those who are not so worried about bugs native to tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia, Thyme Tea can also, according to researchers at the University of Belgrade, Serbia, lower blood pressure.

It can also improve skin health, which includes the improvement of acne; offer relief from menstrual cramps; and even, although studies are preliminary, enhance cognitive function.

Furthermore, the frequent consumption of Thyme Tea can improve digestion and is recommended by herbalists to relieve gas and bloating. And there’s more!

Thyme Tea can boost the immune system, reduce feelings of anxiety, and even reduce the risks of developing Type II Diabetes.

Where to Buy Thyme Tea

Are you ailing, thirsty, or simply curious? Whatever your reasoning for drinking Thyme Tea might be, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company provide only the finest quality herbs regardless of the tea type.

From Thyme to Sage to Turmeric; from Camomile to Peppermint to Rooibos, we pack all of our teas (and coffees) fresh to order here in our Pluckley based factory, nestled away in the beautiful Kentish countryside.

So, what are you waiting for? There has never been a better “Thyme” to buy this tea.