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. Gwen Hill says:

    QUESTION: What evidence supports fibromyalgia having a viral load? You said, “Drinking thyme tea each morning can lower the viral load in the body thus making it effective in the treatment of fibromyalgia.”

    I’ve had fibro for 21 years and I have never, ever heard of a virus of any kind being associated with fibromyalgia. I’d love to see the research associated with this statement.

    Please respond. I’d love to share this with our online support group, but only if it’s credible.

    • Phil says:

      Gwen I’d be interested in joining the group if possible I’ve had fms for 8 yrs now, I’m not in any support groups etc and it would be helpful for me. Plus I’ve done a bit of research and come up with a couple of novel pain management treatments Im happy to share though I’ve not tried them yet and can’t say they’re any better than the rest of the rubbish out there! – Phil

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