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If you’ve never tried thyme tea, I have a new taste sensation for you. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s easy to make and has a host of benefits for your health. It soothes your stomach, so it’s good if you suffer from indigestion. It helps relieve menstrual cramps, helps you sleep, sharpens your cognitive function, boosts your immune system (great during this really tough cold/flu season we’re having), helps heal respiratory issues and protects against chronic disease.
The active ingredient found in thyme, thymol, is a powerful antioxidant. Thyme tea helps with cognitive decline and issues associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease as well as hepatitis, shingles, multiple sclerosis and vertigo. The powerful antioxidants thymol and luteolin aid in reducing oxidative stress in the body. Thyme also provides us with vitamins C, A and a host of minerals.
Thyme is easy to grow, and I grow regular thyme and lemon thyme in my garden and frankly, in my lawn…not on purpose. I think when I have thinned it out and while carrying it to compost, I have dropped some and it has rooted in the grass. It’s not a bad thing as it creates quite the carpet. When you walk on it, not only is it soft underfoot, it smells amazing.
I cut sprigs of it and make tea. I don’t bother drying it as some say to do. I’m all about making healthy as easy to do as possible. I just wash and trim the sprigs and heat it in water, letting it simmer until the kitchen smells wonderful. I like to drink it with a little coconut milk and a half teaspoon of xylitol. It’s delicious. I add water to it for a few days until it gets weaker, and then I start again with a new batch.
Now that it’s winter, and I’ve run out of my personal stash of thyme, I’m able to find organic thyme at the grocery store. While it’s not the lemony type of thyme, it still makes a wonderful hot tea to drink during cold days and nights.
If you’re still on the fence about this tea, consider that research shows a connection between thyme tea and Alzheimer’s Disease and indicates thyme tea can help improve cognitive function, that is, your memory and focus. A huge bonus is that it slows down the deposits of amyloid plaque in the brain, a key contributor/cause of Alzheimer’s Disease.
One more benefit… I can go on and on with this… is that this tea can suppress your appetite and boost your energy which may help you avoid snacking and overeating between meals. It can also amp up your metabolism which helps you burn fat and release weight.
For me, sometimes tea can give me a wonky stomach; not so with thyme tea. It’s been proven to settle your stomach.
It’s truly a win-win addition to your diet.
Helping You Achieve Major Wellness in Your Life!
Cheryl A Major, CNWC
Cheryl A Major lives in Westford and is a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Her TV show, Thin Strong Healthy, airs on WestfordCat and is an offshoot of her blog http://ThinStrongHealthy.com Cheryl offers ongoing information and personal health coaching to help you feel better and be healthier. Follow Cheryl on Twitter @CherylAMajor. She is also a full time residential Realtor with Coldwell Banker with more than 25 years experience.
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