Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
‘Just’ an ingredient to spruce up your favourite meat stew? - think again! This herbal tea brings you all the mouthwatering flavours, the enticing aromas, and the fantastic health benefits of thyme; all in convenient (and delicious)tea form. So, forget the gravy; forget the casseroles, The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company’s very own Thyme Tea is guaranteed to inspire from the very first sip.
Yet, this is far from a new creation. In fact, Thyme Tea has been used and enjoyed for centuries, while its use for other purposes dates back thousands of years. It has only been in the last decade, however, that modern science has been able to rigorously study this truly delightful herb. The outcome, you may ask? Thyme Tea can potentially soothe digestion, stimulate cognitive function, and even ward off mild illnesses such as cold and flu! Perhaps more importantly, it tastes great, too.
Botanically known as Thymus vulgaris, the common variety of Thyme used in our herbal tea, this perennial shrub belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae). Originally native to much of Southern Europe and Asia, the Thyme plant can grow to heights of up to 15 to 20 centimetres (5 to 7 inches). It also consists of notably small leaves, only about 1/8 inch long and 1/16 inch broad, which are narrow and greenish-grey in colour.
The Thyme plant blooms in the spring and summer months, and during this time, the shrub produces beautiful flowers that vary in colours from white, pink, violet, or lilac. The name ‘Thyme’ has mysterious origins, with no definitive answer as to how it first came to be. The most popular suggestion, however, is that it derives from the Greek term ‘to fumigate’. As strange as this may seem, historians believe this may be due to its use in sacrifices, where it may have been burned, or more simply because of its fragrant odour. Whether there is any truth to this is a subject of great debate.
The brief history of thyme (see what we did there?) begins like many other popular herbs, in Ancient Egypt. It is thought that, during this period, thyme was first used in embalming rituals. It later rose to fame in Ancient Rome when it was widely consumed before or during a meal to protect against poison. Unsurprisingly, it became particularly popular among many Roman Emperors.
This is similar to its consumption in Ancient Greece, where it was likewise burnt in temples to evoke a spiritual awakening. The Middle Ages saw popularity in this herb further increase. It was often offered to men going into battle as a good-luck-charm, and could be found lacing the clothes and pockets of fearful soldiers marching into uncertainty.
When the Black Death took hold of Europe in the late 1340’s, millions of people turned to the thyme herb for protection against the unforgiving disease. Many medicinal concoctions and decoctions were created to fight the plague with thyme playing a vital role in these remedies, despite little proof of its healing ability.
Hundreds of years later, during the Victorian era, thyme took on a new, mysterial existence closely associated with the belief in fairies. Beautifully weaved tales were told of how a patch of wild thyme growing in the woods indicated that fairies had recently danced the night away in the area! Here at the Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, all we know is that thyme is a wonderfully delectable herb - especially when brewed up for a nice, warm cup of herbal tea.
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: Honey is a traditional accompaniment to this beverage. However, Thyme Tea is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: It is certainly ‘thyme’ for tea with this bold, flavoursome, brew; easily recognised by its particularly piquant character! Thyme Tea consists of a strong, herbaceous taste with slightly minty undertones. As you continue to sip, a tingling sensation dances on your palate as you embrace a lovely, refreshing aftertaste to finish off.
Colour in Cup: Vibrant yellow liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits of Thyme Tea: Despite being found in a number of scrumptious and hearty dishes, thyme is actually capable of providing you with excellent weight management.
When consumed in herbal-tea-form, thyme can help to optimise the metabolism which, in turn, helps the body to burn unwanted fat quicker and far more efficiently. Thyme Tea is also noted for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It may not be able to fight the Black Death, but it will certainly help to keep colds and flu at bay.
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing, Weight Loss
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayBreakfast, Lunchtime, Afternoon, Evening
CountryMore Than One Origin