Mullein Leaf and Thyme Tea: How Thyme Clears a Cold

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an herb used as a remedy for upper respiratory infections since ancient times in the Mediterranean. The wild, edible plant can relieve symptoms like a sore throat, coughing, congestion, and chills by addressing the underlying infection. Thyme’s antioxidants and volatile oils imbue it with antimicrobial, antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, mucus-thinning, expectorant, immune-boosting properties. Also, thyme is carminative, improving indigestion symptoms like cramps, gas, and bloating. Its general safety makes it a popular remedy for children. Tea blends including thyme, like Mullein Leaf and Thyme and NutraDefence, are excellent to have on hand for when you catch a cold.

Thyme Constituents

Thyme’s major healing constituents are the volatile oils thymol, rosmarinic acid, carvacrol, and borneol. Thymol and rosmarinic acid are strongly antimicrobial. Furthermore, thyme is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins A and C, saponins, and triterpenes. It also contains potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium and selenium.


Antibacterial Thyme

Thyme’s popularity as a culinary herb is due to the way its volatile oils kill microbes. The addition of thyme protects food from bacterial contamination and spoilage. Thyme is one herb that fills the gap created by antibacterial resistance in healthcare. Microbes that cause bronchitis, whooping cough, and a sore throat are often no match for thyme’s potent volatile oils. It is an anthelmintic, meaning it can also help resolve respiratory problems caused by parasites or fungus.


Antioxidant Thyme

When your body is fighting pathogens or a viral infection, it defends itself with inflammation, which can cause widespread body pain and cellular damage. Thyme boasts an array of antioxidants that scavenge inflammatory free radicals throughout the body, reducing the general aching that accompanies a cold.

Thyme Tea for a Cough

This powerhouse herb can treat a sore throat, congestion, spasmodic coughing, and conditions including laryngitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. This herb soothes a cough in many other ways besides killing bacteria. It is antispasmodic, reducing a cough’s frequency. It is an expectorant, meaning it thins mucus, and in doing so, helps you cough mucus up, clearing the airways. Thyme’s vitamin A content supports healthy mucus membranes, which coughing irritates. Its high levels of vitamin C accounts for its support of the body’s natural defenses against viruses.


Thyme Tea for Digestion

Overall, thyme resolves symptoms of indigestion. It is antispasmodic and can relieve intestinal cramping. As a diuretic, it increases frequency of urination. It stimulates movement of fluid through tissues, reducing bloating. Its volatile oils inhibit bacteria like E. coli, which can cause food poisoning, as well as parasites like giardia, which cause diarrhea. Also, tannins in thyme exert a gentle astringent influence on the GI tract, easing diarrhea. Mullein Leaf and Thyme tea is the perfect, safe remedy for treating indigestion during pregnancy.


Plant of Strength and Cleanliness

Thyme is an evergreen, perennial shrub in the aromatic Lamiaceae family. The leaves and flowers contain its medicinal properties and its pungent, slightly minty flavor. The tiny, tubular flowers vary in color from pink, to purple, to white. Thymos derives from the Greek word for “strength.” The Greeks told a story in which the first thyme shrub grew from the fallen tears of Helen of Troy. A sacred plant in many cultures, thyme leaves were burned as a purifying incense. Modern use backs up this practice; Thymol, an extract of thyme oil, is used as a powerful surface disinfectant.

Mullein Leaf and Thyme Tea

NutraTea’s Mullein Leaf and Thyme  is the perfect fusion of antioxidant, microbe-fighting thyme and soothing, immune-boosting mullein. Together, thyme and mullein relieve symptoms of respiratory infection and address the root cause. A cup of Mullein Leaf and Thyme is an escape from the discomfort that accompanies a cold. NutraDefence also harnesses the power of thyme. It banishes a sore throat, congestion, coughing, and inflammation, kills bacteria, and strengthens your body’s natural defenses against infectious viruses. Recuperate with a warming infusion of thyme, your new herbal ally.

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