What Are the Health Benefits of Thyme Tea?

Updated April 17, 2017

Thyme has been a popular herb for centuries. Cooks often use it to season stews and roasted vegetables. It's also easy to find and inexpensive. Thyme has a pleasant aroma, which is one reason it’s so popular in tea. There are many health benefits of thyme and thyme tea.

Anti-Fungal Benefits

Thyme tea has anti-fungal properties. It can be used as mouth wash to treat sores or other infections. It is also an effective soak for treating athlete’s foot and other skin parasites. According to, the Roman soldiers bathed in thyme to energise for battle.


Thyme tea helps ease the muscles of the stomach, which relieves it from stomach aches. Thyme is an excellent expectorant, meaning that it discharges fluid or phlegm from the digestive tract. It also alleviates chronic gastritis, a lack of appetite, indigestion, colic and irritable bowel syndrome. People also drink thyme tea to treat menstrual cramps or diarrhoea.

Respiratory Health Benefits

Thyme tea helps to expel phlegm from the lungs. It’s popular in treating many chest infections. This can include whooping cough, sore throats, croup, bronchitis, asthma and laryngitis. Thyme is also an effective additive for treating the flu or the common cold.

Stimulates Nervous System

There is a reason why drinking thyme tea feels so good. It treats nervous disorders such as depression, insomnia, nightmares, exhaustion and melancholy. It can also help soothe headaches.

Topical Benefits

Thyme tea bags can help most parts of your body. When placed over the eyes, it can treat sties, conjunctivitis, and pink eye. Thyme tea also treats plaque, tumours, deep wounds and bruises. Thyme tea bags can also be effective in getting rid of lice, scabies and crabs.

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