Can I make thyme tea with samovar?

Yes, you can make thyme tea in a samovar. To do so, just follow the directions above.

Can I use ground thyme for making tea?

Yes, you can use ground thyme for making tea. 5 grams of ground thyme will be sufficient for the recipe above. Please make sure you strain the infusion when you make thyme tea with ground thyme to avoid unpleasant particles in your tea.

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thyme tea recipe

Emine Aslan January 24, 2024
Thyme Tea Recipe

Summary: Thyme is a popular herb that is used in recipes a lot. It is also possible to make tea with it. If you have not tried it yet, try it now using the recipe below!

Tags: Thyme tea

Serving:6 cups
Cook Time:20 minutes
Prep Time:5 minutes
Author:Emine Aslan
Calories: 2

Thyme is a small shrubby plant native to the Mediterranean. It has small fragrant leaves grown on thin stems. Famous for its strong fragrance, thyme has been used for different purposes for centuries from incense in temples to providing courage to knights. Its oil has also been used for medicinal purposes.

Thyme has over 60 different varieties, but Thymus vulgaris is usually the one in use nowadays. It is one of the most used herbs in culinary all around the world. It retains its fragrance very well during the drying process, so has a long shelf-life when dried.

Thyme not only adds a strong flavor to the dishes but also has many health benefits. It has strong properties to fight against fungi and bacteria. It contains minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that are essential for the body to function properly and fight against diseases.

Thyme is especially rich in vitamin C which supports the immune system, and potassium and magnesium which support the bone structure and circulatory system. Its rich antioxidant content helps prevent chronic diseases and disorders. Thyme is also beneficial for respiratory health and provides relief in breathing.

Thyme is a very popular herb to add to meals, but it can also be consumed in tea form. Making thyme tea is very easy, which can be made by putting 2-3 thyme sprigs into a cup and filling the cup with boiling water. After 5 minutes of steeping, your thyme tea is ready.

However, if you like to make thyme tea for more people and drink more than one cup for a while, it is better to make it in a double tea kettle. This way, the tea will keep its temperature and you will have a chance to adjust the strength of the infusion. Thyme is a very strong herb, and some people may prefer a lighter infusion while others can go with a stronger one.

Now, let’s move on to the thyme tea recipe below!


  • 85 oz (2.5 L) water (27 oz for brewing tea), filtered or bottled if tap water is of poor quality

  • 12-14 sprigs (6-7 grams) fresh thyme or 8-10 sprigs (4-5 grams) dried thyme

  • A double tea kettle

  • Some honey or sugar (optional)

  • Some lemon juice or slices (optional)


  1. Add water to the lower kettle, and put it on the stove to boil. The amount of water should be at least at the capacity of the upper teapot since we will use this water to steep thyme.

  2. Once the water is boiled, add thyme sprigs to the upper teapot and pour the boiling water over it. The amount of water you pour should be 27 oz (0.8 L) if you put the thyme in the amount mentioned above. If your teapot is larger and you want to make more thyme tea, increase the amount of water and sprigs accordingly.

  3. Add more water into the lower kettle, put it on the stove to boil, place the upper teapot over it, and close its lid.

  4. Once the water is boiled, wait 10-15 minutes for thyme sprigs to release all their flavors into the water. You can check whether it is brewed sufficiently by opening the lid and observing the color. It should have a light yellowish-green color for a perfect taste. If you like it stronger, wait for the color to turn into a darker yellow.

  5. Once the thyme tea is ready, prepare the teacups and pour the infusion in the upper teapot as much as you want, and then fill the rest of the cup with the boiling water from the bottom kettle. You can adjust the strength of thyme tea by adjusting the amount of infusion you pour into the teacups.

  6. Your thyme tea is ready! Please be careful while drinking it since it will be hotter than the thyme tea brewed directly in a teacup.

  7. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup
% Daily Value
Calories per serving
0.5 grams
0.1 grams
0.1 grams
0 milligrams
13 milligrams
0.3 grams

    Please keep in mind that you can change the number of thyme sprigs mentioned above according to your preference. The more thyme sprigs you add, the stronger the tea becomes, and vice versa. On the other hand, you can also adjust the strength of the flavor by adding some hot water from the lower kettle to the infusion. So, you can serve tea at different strength levels as your loved ones prefer.


    You can serve thyme tea in a glass teacup to enjoy its beautiful color. You can also offer some honey or lemon along with it depending on your preference.


    Thyme tea is served warm. Please pay attention to the fact that making thyme in a double tea kettle yields a hotter tea than making it in a teacup. That is because it loses heat while steeping in a teacup, but, in a double tea kettle, the boiling water below continuously heats the infusion. So, please wait some minutes before drinking it to avoid any burn of your lips and tongue.