We’re all busy doing things to satisfy our responsibilities. Be it work, family or friends, it’s easy to feel like you are being pulled in all different directions. And we often neglect our own health as a result. This can lead to a variety of conditions. Stressing out over what you need to do can lead to high blood pressure, immune and sleep problems. It’s a vicious cycle of running around and catching colds and not getting enough sleep to recuperate.
But wouldn’t it be nice if there was a tea that could help with all of these related health concerns? This herbal tea is super easy to make and is all natural, so you don’t have to worry about a slew of chemicals, and it addresses the body’s needs holistically.
Thyme is from southern Europe and is a shrubby perennial plant that grows six to twelve inches high. It is said to have antibacterial, antifungal, properties but is also known for being great for a hangover. It can get rid of warts, treat gout, ease stomach cramps, reduces inflammation of the liver, soothes coughs and lung problems, is excellent for treating colds and flu, and helps fight against insomnia. (1).
Lavender, on the other hand, is native to the Mediterranean but is now grown all over the world. The main elements responsible for its scent are linaloll and linalyl acetate. Lavender has been used as a herb with medicinal properties for a long time. Constituents of the oils found in lavender have been found to treat hyperactivity, insomnia, flatulence, bacteria, and fungus (2).
High blood pressure
A species of thyme (Thymus Linearis Benth) was studied for its ability to fight high blood pressure in rats. It was found that an aqueous methanolic extract produced a significant decrease in both blood pressure and heart rate of rats who were normotensive and hypertensive. It’s possible then to infer that it contains certain active compounds that are responsible for the observed antihypertensive activity (3). Similarly, in a study on mood, it was revealed that lavender oil caused significant decreases in blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature (4).
The two main components of thyme, thymol, and carvacrol have several valuable effects on the immune system. In a study on mice, the effects of these components on a specific in vivo immune response were evaluated by assessing changed in delayed-type hypersensitivity. It was determined that carvacrol and thymol each suppressed the antigen-specific immune response by reducing cell related cytokines, this indicates their potential to modulate destructive immune responses attributed to T-cells over-activation (5). In another study on mice with atopic dermatitis, it was found a mixture of lavender and thyme was successful in reducing symptoms (6).
Thyme and lavender are also great for a good nights sleep. Often combined in tea, it has been given to children to induce sound sleep and keep bad dreams at bay. Thyme oil has excellent calming effects; it can relieve your mood and lessen tiredness (7). In a study on postpartum women, lavender fragrance was used to promote sleep. Just inhaling the scent of lavender nightly before sleep, improved quality of sleep in the women (8).
So why not try a delicious tea with both ingredients and fight high blood pressure, boost your immune system, and induce a better night’s sleep.
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
8 sprigs fresh thyme
2 teaspoons dried lavender
What to Do
In a small saucepan, combine ingredients and bring to a simmer; continue to simmer for about ten minutes, or until slightly reduced and thickened.
Remove from heat; strain and discard thyme sprigs and lavender. Allow to cool completely. It should yield about 2/3 cup
Lavender Thyme Iced Tea
1 bottle (17 ounces) lemon tea
2/3 cup lavender-thyme syrup
1 1/2 cups water
Juice of half lemon
2 cups ice, or enough to fill a pitcher
What to Do
In a large glass pitcher, combine the lemon tea with infused syrup and mix well.
Stir in water, lemon juice, and ice. Garnish with lemon slices, thyme, and lavender sprigs (9).
(1) Complete Herbal. Spotlight on Thyme http://www.complete-herbal.com/details/thyme.html Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(2) Complete Herbal. Spotlight on Lavender http://www.complete-herbal.com/details/lavender.html Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(3) NCBI. Pharmacological evaluation of antihypertensive effect of aerial parts of thymus linearis benth https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25272894 Published: July 2014. Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(4) NCBI. The effects of lavender oil inhalation on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22612017 Published: April 2012. Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(5) NCBI. Effects of thymol and carvacrol on t-helper cell subset cytokines and their main transcriptor factors in ovalbumin immunized mice. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27413998 Published: September 2016. Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(6) NCBI. Effects of blending oil of lavender and thyme on oxidative stress, immunity, and skin condition in atopic dermatitis induced mice https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26159138 Published: June 2015. Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(7) Health Beckon. 22 amazing benefits and uses of thyme http://www.healthbeckon.com/thyme-benefits/ Published: March 25, 2014. Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(8) NCBI. Lavender fragrance essential oil and the quality of sleep in postpartum women https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26023343 Published: April 25, 2015. Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(9) Flavor up. Thyme is on your side http://www.flavorupyoursummer.com/recipe/lavender-thyme-sparkling-ice-tea Accessed: January 24, 2017.
(10) Youtube. Thyme plant, health benefits, uses of thyme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-ZnkCBxCgw Published: October 29, 2013. Accessed: January 24, 2017.