Another favorite at The Source, this healing thyroid tea has been selling like crazy. It’s really simple, and super healing for the thyroid and liver. I want to introduce you to my friend Christian Gonzalez, ND, (also known as Dr. G), who calls this tea “an ultimate concoction to support our thyroid.”
Dr. G and I will be collaborating to bring you some Naturopathic Q+A and recipes and tips to support your healthy life. Scroll down to the bottom to learn more about Dr. G, and to see his notes on each of the ingredients.
2 tablespoons organic lemon balm
1 teaspoon organic dried thyme leaves
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
+ lemon, honey, dulse flakes
Just brew the lemon balm, thyme, and fennel seeds in boiling water and then add fresh lemon, honey, and a pinch of dulse flakes.
More from Dr. G on the ingredients:
Each ingredient takes specific action to provide the nutrients to the thyroid and liver and promote optimal function.
Lemon balm: not only tasty but very calming for those with an imbalanced thyroid. Additionally, it is a potent antiviral, this is important at getting to the root of the common cause of thyroid issues (viral driven autoimmunity). As far as liver health, a 2018 study by Hosseini et. al (1), showed that consumption of lemon balm reduced body weight, elevated liver enzymes, and fatty liver. Lastly, it is an antioxidant to protect the thyroid and liver from the constant threat of oxidative damage from environmental pollutant exposures.
Thyme: A staple of herb and spice cabinets thyme is an ultimate herb. Like lemon balm it too addresses stealthy infections which can disrupt our immune function to target the thyroid in autoimmunity. Additionally, it helps balance our lung function and is tonifying to the body in general. A personal favorite!
Fennel: Stimulates the digestive system and protects it from nasty bugs. It also has the ability to decongest the liver when it becomes stagnant. Fennel contains a fair amount of iodine to feed the thyroid in normal hormone production.
Lemon: As common as it may be we tend to take advantage of lemon. High in vitamin C lemon has antioxidant properties all over the body in particular to the sensitive thyroid. Vitamin C also is directly used in the detoxification process of the liver.
Honey: High quality honey has not only soothing properties to our digestive system but also antimicrobial properties to infections which burden our immune system and put our thyroid at risk. Honey is an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Dulse flakes: Sea vegetables are the best source of iodine. Iodine is a key nutrient used in the production of thyroid hormones. Easy to incorporate into both food and drink dulse flakes are tremendous thyroid supporters.
(1) Hosseini, S. (2018). Efficacy of Black Seed (Nigella sativa) and Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) on Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial. Iran Red Crescent Med J. I, In Press(In Press):e59183.