Thyme tea is a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh thyme! Just 5 minutes to the perfect cup of tea.

Thyme tea

Did you know you can make herbal tea using fresh herbs? This is the best trick for the summer when fresh herbs are crowding your garden or pots on your steps. Make thyme tea! It’s restorative, delicious, and takes just 5 minutes to steep into a flavorful tea. When Alex and I tried this for the first time, we were astounded by the flavor. Thyme tea tastes herby, fragrant and satisfying. It’s a fun way to make DIY tea, and makes drinking water much more exciting. Here’s what to do!

How to make thyme tea

Thyme tea requires just two ingredients: fresh thyme and water! You’ll be amazed at the amount of flavor that comes from just two ingredients. Thyme adds an herby intrigue that’s cozy and satisfying. This recipe is best to make in the summer when you’ve got lots of herbs in your garden or in pots. Of course, you can still make it in the winter using fresh thyme from the grocery store. Here’s how to make thyme tea:

  1. Boil: Boil a pot of water. We use an electric tea kettle (that we also use for our morning coffee).
  2. Harvest herbs: Add 8 to 10 fresh thyme sprigs to a mug.
  3. Steep: Pour on the water. The exact quantity doesn’t matter: just fill up the mug! Allow to stand for 5 minutes, then enjoy!
Thyme tea

Thyme tea benefits

Thyme is known to have medicinal benefits such as soothing a sore throat, helping with digestion, and so forth. So, it’s possible thyme tea does the same! We won’t promise that a cup of thyme tea will cure all your ailments, but many people believe in the power of herbal tea. But it can’t be argued that it’s positively soothing to drink a cup! Read more about the Benefits of Thyme here.

How to grow herbs

If you’re not growing herbs in pots or garden space: you must start now! All you need is a few pots and a sunny ledge. Fresh herbs are incredible for your cooking, and you can use them to make herbal teas or even just sprinkle into olive oil as a dip. Go to How to Grow Herbs for more.


More herbal teas

You can make tea with all sorts of herbs! Here are a few more herbal tea recipes to try:

Love tea recipes? Also try our Iced Tea, Sweet Tea and Cold Brew Tea.

Thyme tea

More ways to use thyme

Fresh thyme has a beautiful earthy and floral flavor that adds depth and warmth to recipes! Here are some of our favorite thyme recipes:

This thyme tea recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Thyme tea

Easy Thyme Tea

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Thyme tea is a restorative herbal tea made with just boiling water and fresh thyme! Just 5 minutes to the perfect cup of tea.


  • 8 to 10 fresh thyme sprigs (standard or lemon thyme)
  • Boiling water


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Wash the thyme thoroughly.
  3. Place the thyme sprigs in a mug, and pour over the boiling water. Allow the thyme to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the thyme and enjoy. (Alternate method: If you prefer, you can also chop the thyme leaves and place them in a tea strainer before steeping.)
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Tea
  • Cuisine: Herbal
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Thyme tea, How to make thyme tea, Thyme

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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