That’s right! It’s THAT time of the year when there are many sick days being used as children and adults are down with the flu and other seasonal-related illnesses.
Wash those hands, cover those sneezes, reach for that hand sanitizer and drink some thyme tea?
Wait, what? That’s right. This year as you stock up on winter essentials, you may want to give a certain herb a second look. Sitti Soap’s Co-Founder Noora Sharrab was kind enough to provide me some of her premium Jordanian Thyme Tea to try for myself.
My First Tea Thyme
I’ll be honest, I was a bit hesitant to try it out as I usually prefer fruity herbal teas.
The first cup that I brewed, I completely ignored the instructions at the back and assumed it was like any herbal tea: boil the water, throw in a bunch of leaves, steep and serve. I enlisted my unsuspecting mother, an herbal tea lover, as a scapegoat for my little experimental tea sipping. I added a bunch of leaves, let them sit, took some pictures, and then we both sat down to drink it. My mother, too sweet to say anything, silently acquiesced to my requests and drank it without complaint. It wasn’t until I tasted the ill-prepared tea myself, that I realized the error of my ways...Brewing this special tea for too long causes it to become extremely bitter! Not only that, I had added too many leaves!
The next cup that I brewed was well-prepared. I first brought the water to boil, I added just a small teaspoon of tea leaves, and brewed no longer than about a minute or so. When it came time to drink the tea, I debated adding some honey or sugar in it just to sweeten it up because I like sweet, hot beverages. I took the plunge anyway and decided to try it without any sweetness so that I could experience the flavours of the tea itself.
Unlike the first time around, the flavour was light, but also aromatic, with undertones of mint. Hints of flavour mimicking carom seeds and oregano gave it a full-bodied flavor near the end. It was a way more pleasant experience than my first attempt and I actually enjoyed it.
One thing to remember is that it’s important to *strain your tea*. A common mistake people make (including myself!) is dropping the tea leaves directly into the water and letting them steep. This will result in leaf remnants sitting at the bottom of your cup that give you a bitter ending. As with any loose leaf tea blend, be sure to use a strainer.
While I sit here putting the finishing touches on this post, I’m sipping on Sitti Soap’s Jordanian Thyme Tea (for inspiration!) with just a bit of honey to add in some extra health benefits to help prevent my toddler’s cough from getting me down.
A Healthy History
Thyme is an impressive herb that has been used since ancient times for all sorts of purposes. It has been used for everything from embalming corpses, giving good luck, being an antidote for poison, to being used as an antiseptic, in tincture balms - and of course, cooking delicious food!
Although thyme is native to Southern Europe and the Western Mediterranean, this delectably fragrant herb is used in cuisines in many parts of the world and is endeared for its earthy and peppery undertones. It is a perennial from the mint family of plants and grows in mostly dryer and warmer climates.
It has multiple properties that can aid in boosting immunity and reducing the severity and duration of colds. It can even help to prevent it altogether! These are the top reasons why thyme is your best friend this flu season (and beyond!)...
Give Me a C - Vitamin C, that is!
This multipurpose herb is packed with vitamins A, E, K and C, as well as many other essential minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, and phosphorus.
Vitamin C must be taken in our diets, as our bodies do not naturally produce vitamin C. Taking at least 200 mg of this vitamin every day can reduce the duration of cold symptoms by an average of 14% for children, and 8% for adults. This translates to about one less day of illness.
Adding some thyme herbal tea to your routine throughout the colder months can give your immunity and overall health the boost that it needs.
Antimicrobial, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiviral
Thyme is known for its antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties. This can help to prevent illnesses and reduce the severity and duration as well. It’s spasmolytic and calms muscle spasms. These properties together can help to relieve respiratory issues and alleviate symptoms of bronchitis and colds by subduing coughs. Thyme is also an exceptional expectorant and will aid the body to rid itself of all the excess mucous that builds up with a cold. For this reason, cough drops and syrups brands, such as Ricola often will have thyme added.
The leaves of the thyme plant are enriched with essential compounds including thymol, oleanolic acid, flavonoids, and caffeic acid among others. Thymol is an antimicrobial agent and is often used in oral care products such as toothpastes, mouthwashes and gargling solutions.
This flu season, if you’re looking for a natural remedy to ward off illness or to reduce the severity of your colds, be sure to reach for thyme to aid in improving your immunity. You can pair it with peppermint tea and top with some raw honey for a bit of sweetness and to give it an extra power boost or simply enjoy it alone.
Pick up a pack of premium Dried Jordanian Thyme Herbal Tea Leaves today.
Does your family have traditions and protocols for the flu season that help you get to spring while maintaining your health and well-being? Let us know in the comments!
- By Amber De La Terre
Amber is a wellness enthusiast and mom of three young children. Her ongoing journey towards a chemical-free life began with her first pregnancy when she started to become more conscious of what she put into her body, as well as on it. She didn’t want to absorb toxins that would harm her unborn child. Along with avoiding certain foods, she also began to read deeply into the products that she was applying on her skin. Her passion for health and wellness led to the founding of her self-named natural skin care brand, Amber De La Terre, www.amberdelaterre.com. You can reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.