Did you know that fresh herbs may be used to make herbal tea?
This is the perfect summer tip for when fresh herbs are overflowing from your garden or pots on your doorstep. Make some thyme tea! It’s reviving, tasty, and just takes 5 minutes to simmer into a wonderful tea. When Alex and I first tried this, we were blown away by the flavor. Thyme tea has a herbaceous, aromatic, and pleasant flavor. It’s a fun method to make DIY tea that makes drinking water more interesting. Here’s what you should do!
How to Make Thyme Tea
Thyme tea is made with only two ingredients: fresh thyme and water! You’ll be surprised at how much flavor comes from only two ingredients. Thyme provides a warm and pleasant herby intrigue. This dish is best made in the summer, when you have plenty of herbs growing in your yard or in pots. Of course, you can prepare it all year round with fresh thyme from the grocery store. To prepare thyme tea, follow these steps:
- Boil: Bring a pot of water to a boil. We use an electric tea kettle that also serves as a coffee maker in the morning.
- Harvest herbs: In a cup, place 8 to 10 fresh thyme sprigs.
- Steep: Pour some water on top. It doesn’t matter how much you make: just fill the mug! Allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.
How to Grow Herbs
If you aren’t already growing herbs in pots or in your yard, you should start today! You only need a few pots and a sunny ledge. Fresh herbs are fantastic for cooking and may be used to make herbal drinks or just sprinkled into olive oil as a dip.
This aromatic herb adds more than flavor to your favorite dishes. In fact, thyme essential oil is well-known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties, and it has even been used to preserve food. Thyme also includes a number of minerals and vitamins that are beneficial to one’s health. Thyme is high in vitamin C, which helps the immune system, potassium, which helps the cells stay healthy, and manganese, which helps with bone formation and blood coagulation. Other health advantages of eating thyme and drinking thyme tea include:
Thymol, one of the major oils found in thyme, can inhibit cyclooxygenase-2, or COX-2, an enzyme that causes inflammation in the body. Carvacrol, another thyme oil, has a similar impact on inflammatory cytokines, which are signals sent by the body to promote inflammation. This oil can aid in its reduction.
Thyme is also beneficial to respiratory health, with clinical trials demonstrating its efficacy in calming coughs and reducing chest congestion. While fresh thyme is best for this, essential thyme oils found in thyme tea may also offer some of these advantages.
Thyme can also assist with stomach problems. Thyme contains antibacterial qualities that aid in the reduction of germs in meals and can enhance gut microorganisms and general intestinal health. This herb can also help boost your appetite, promote good liver function, and enhance the protective gastric mucus layers in your stomach, which protect the stomach lining from acid.
How to Prepare Thyme Tea
You may easily brew thyme tea to get its health advantages. You may brew your tea with fresh thyme leaves or ground thyme powder. You may also use dried thyme, but strain the leaves from your drink to avoid unpleasant textures. For fresh leaves, soak several thyme sprigs in a cup of boiling water for 5 to 8 minutes. If any leaves fall off the sprigs and end up in your water, filter them out before drinking. Add roughly 1 teaspoon of powdered thyme to a cup of hot water and swirl to mix. Ground thyme has a texture similar to matcha green tea powder, and it may be necessary to stir many times to achieve full blending.
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