Lemon thyme tea is known to be potent in the areas of clearing congestion problems, getting rid of infections, as well as in calming and relaxing the senses.
Lemon thyme is an evergreen shrub typically cultivated for medicinal, culinary and ornamental purposes. Also known by its scientific name thymus citriodorus, lemon thyme possesses distinctly lemon-scented, lance-shaped leaves with a lively green color and silvery white edges. It also produces a carpet of flowers during the late summer and the colors of these blooms are typically pink, lavender, purple or white.
Due to the aromatic nature of the leaves, and the flowers being good nectar sources, the lemon thyme normally attracts butterflies and bees. Its lemon scent and flavor also makes this a popular addition to various savory dishes, especially those involving fish, chicken and vegetable. The leaves are also used in herbal pillows and potpourris to help impart its lemony scent to beds.
The active constituents of the leaves contribute to the lemon thyme tea benefits to health. Among these include geraniol, esters, nerol, citronellol, citral, and thymol. It should be noted that the essential oil extracted from the leaves contains higher levels of these constituents than leaves themselves.
An infusion of lemon thyme tea can be made by placing a small scoop of dried leaves in a pot of newly-boiled water. Let the mix stand for about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain the leaves and enjoy.
The following are some health benefits associated with this brew:
- May help clear and decongest air passageways. It may help fight asthma in children.
- May help facilitate good digestion.
- May be gargled and used as a deodorizing mouthwash.
- May help prevent infections by fighting off viruses, fungi, and bacteria.
- May be helpful in calming and relaxing the senses.