Thyme: How a Herb Can Help With Fibromyalgia Symptoms

The volatile essential oils in thyme are high in antiviral, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal properties. Drinking thyme tea each morning can lower the viral load in the body thus making it effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

One of the reasons thyme is so beneficial is because it’s high in vitamins and minerals, like iron, potassium, calcium, folic acid, B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, and C. All of these nutrients contribute to proper red blood cell formation, blood pressure regulation, and distribution of antioxidants in the body. It also contains thymol, an essential oil with potent antioxidant properties.

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Drinking thyme tea consistently each morning before breakfast can help alleviate joint and muscle pain.

Thyme Tea Recipe

– 1c boiling water
– 1 tsp dry or 1T fresh thyme
– Ginger slices
– Honey to taste

– Warm your tea cup with hot water.
– Pour away the water.
– Put thyme in the cup. Add fresh boiling water and cover.
– Leave to steep 3 to 5 minutes. Add more thyme for a stronger flavor.
– Steeping too long will make the tea bitter. Use honey or stevia to sweeten.
– Add ginger slices and/or lemon slice if desired.

According to, there are some side effects to consider before drinking thyme tea. Juan R. Avila, author of Professional’s Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicines, recommends avoiding the tea if you have a “known sensitivity to plants in the mint family such as rosemary, basil, catmint, hyssop, oregano and celery.” You should also stay away if you have an allergy to grass.

Avila also cautions against using thyme leaves if you have a history of  heart disease, peptic ulcers or other gastrointestinal disorders. “If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, tightening of the throat, skin rash or swelling of the joints after drinking thyme tea, seek immediate medical attention.”

Thyme is not just for flavoring your food in cooking. Drinking thyme tea can help to treat your fibromyalgia.

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  1. Denise Bault says:

    You said Thyme tea was not appropriate for those with gastrointestinal disorders. Are there people with fibromyalgia who don’t have gastrointestinal disorders?
    Also, May is FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS MONTH. NOW is the time to speak with local televison news producers to set up interviews for viewing during May. I’ve worked in television and there is a lead time for producing these human interest segments. If we want people to know more about this debilitating illness, NOW is the time to start contacting stations, newspapers, social media sites, etc. to set up times for interviews and do stories concerning the human and medical costs of fibromyalgia. We’ve all been affected. Let’s all do our small part in spreading awareness…!

  2. Rene Walker says:

    Started drinking thyme tea today. Have been under way to much stress lately. I had a Fibromyalgia flare-up last night. My friend actually texted me about thyme tea and Fibromyalgia. Hoping and praying for the best.

  3. Thérése (Australia) says:

    I have FM (fibromyalgia). I am very pro-active with trying to get Me back, & I’m sure you know what I mean. There are some people who have been misdiagnosed, two areas to look at or eliminate are 1. leaky gut syndrome & 2. Get a blood test for MTHFR. Hope this helps some.Be kind to yourself.

  4. Alouette says:

    Thanks I didn’t know. I love the taste of it and have been using it regularly use instead of salt, it gives a wonderful flavor. My doctors and I were wondering why my flare ups haven’t been making me cry so much. I can’t wait to share this with them. Please give yourself a hug from me!!!

  5. Michelle B. says:

    I’ve been in the WORST Fibro
    Flare up the past TWO WEEKS, a friend of mine had tagged me in a video on fb about this thyme tea and its benefits for Fibro, BP, and many other things I’ve drank this two days in a row, so far I can’t really tell, I am sure like anything else it will take time, but I do have a question? I haven’t been measuring the Thyme (it’s dried, all I have) I am boiling 8oz of water, so about how much is recommended per 8oz? I am using quite a bit lol it’s pretty strong!! Thanks so much! Please email me at [email protected] as I am SURE I will not get a notification on this? Thanks again!!

  6. Aika says:

    Fibromyalgia can be caused by certain conditions such as arthritis, genetics and chemical imbalance. And while there is currently no known cure for this condition, there are treatments that make fibromyalgia a lot easier to handle and less interfering in one’s daily life. It includes avoiding eating food triggers, having enough sleep and acupuncture.

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