Thyme Tea and Colds
Everyone has their go-to cold remedy, that special medicine or tip that they believe will get them better faster than anything else. For some, the fear of getting sick can cause an almost superstitious commitment to that remedy of choice, no matter how unlikely the “cure-all” may seem. Drinking tea can often seem like a strange way to try and get better, and while many enjoy drinking tea as a way to relax and provide their bodies with a healthy beverage, most teas can actually help with cold symptoms and even assist in getting better faster. Loaded with vitamins and minerals, thyme tea has proven itself as a cold remedy for years.
How We Get Sick
The human body requires sustenance and rest to operate properly. Oftentimes, the hectic nature of everyday life can prevent people from eating properly and sleeping enough. When we run down our bodies, our natural defenses such as the immune system are compromised, making us more susceptible to infectious germs and bacteria that we come into contact on a regular basis. Once inside of our bodies, bacteria attempt to wreak havoc. Normally, our body can kill foreign bacteria with white blood cells. However, a lack of sleep or proper nutrition can weaken the body’s natural defenses and cause us to get sick, resulting in the body struggling to keep up.
Thyme Tea for a Cold
Half of the battle with colds is to prevent getting sick in the first place. Providing a boost to the immune system with vitamins A, B, C, K, and E, as well as the minerals potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, and manganese, thyme tea packs a punch that can help defend against the most stubborn of colds. Thyme tea has even received endorsement as a medicine against bronchitis from the German Commission E, a European committee of scientists that tests the efficacy of herbs. Thyme tea can be used against a sore throat as a mouth rinse and/or gargle that can help bring relief to those who drink it. The phenols within thyme tea also make it act as an antispasmodic, rendering it as a useful drink against stomach cramps and intestinal discomfort.