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Healing Hashimoto’s with Thyme


I was just reading about how drinking thyme tea can help Hashimotos. Does anyone have any experience with this or know how much/often you need to drink daily? And will this really help to heal my Hashimotos? I don’t take prescription meds and have been working periodically with a doctor of Oriental medicine to keep it under control. So I take vitamin D, B, multi with iron, and other vitamins but have not had much luck altering the numbers. But I am optimistic about healing completely. Thanks!

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Multivitamins not recommended, especially as most have iodine in. This is definitely to be avoided with Hashimoto's



Selenium supplements can help improve conversion

Most people find all unfermented Soya needs avoiding

Essential to test vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12. Always get actual results and ranges. Post results when you have them, members can advise

We shouldn't supplement vitamin D or iron without testing first and retesting regularly

Low vitamin levels stop Thyroid hormone working

If you are taking vitamin B complex, or any supplements containing biotin, remember to stop these 3-5 days before any blood tests, as biotin can falsely affect test results



But no amount of vitamins will replace low Thyroid hormones if your thyroid has been too damaged by Hashimoto's. It is extremely rare to be able to heal thyroid and improve Thyroid hormones without taking Thyroid hormone replacement

When hypo poor gut function can lead leaky gut (literally holes in gut wall) this can cause food intolerances. Most common by far is gluten

Are you on strictly gluten free diet

According to Izabella Wentz the Thyroid Pharmacist approx 5% with Hashimoto's are coeliac, but over 80% find gluten free diet helps significantly. Either due to direct gluten intolerance (no test available) or due to leaky gut and gluten causing molecular mimicry (see Amy Myers link)

But don't be surprised that GP never mention gut, gluten or low vitamins. Hashimoto's is very poorly understood

Changing to a strictly gluten free diet may help reduce symptoms, help gut heal and slowly lower TPO antibodies








Hi there im no medical expert and used fresh Thyme years ago for a sinus infection and had to boil alot of it and leave for a few hours and then strain, it cured me but thought i was dying when it was starting to work. You cannot use Thyme if you have high blood pressure as it will elivate it and also no heart problems that you know off as it is a potent herb.

If you google thyme tea you will get the dosage you need. Good luck.

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There is no cure for Hashimoto's which causes 90% of hypothyroidism. Levothyroxine treatment, once thyroid levels are abnormal, is for the low thyroid levels it causes. Many people have found that 100% gluten-free diet is helpful in reducing Hashi flares, symptoms and eventually antibodies. 100-200mcg Selenium may support the thyroid and delay progression to hypothyroidism.




I very much doubt that thyme will cure Hashimotos. I have had fantastic results since August by cutting out all grains, cutting out as much sugar as possible, keeping in mind that fruit contains sugar. I have added good fats. I don't call it a Diet - I call it a Special way of eating.

This is my from my Word Doc ..........

Carbohydrates and sugar spike the blood sugar up and the body has to work hard to get the blood sugar down again. If it has to continually work at reducing blood sugar, something will go wrong. …. …..Insulin and cortisol.

Fruit also has a fair amount of sugar so I’m only allowed to eat a small amount (one piece a day maximum, or some berries). Bananas are very high in sugar.

The above two – carbohydrates and sugar/fruit – diabetics will know to cut these out.

Grains – are all a form of grass & our body has problems digesting it. Cows eat grass and have three stomachs to digest it. And they are classified as carbohydrates

Our brain is made of around 80% fat, therefore it needs good fats in order to function properly. The advice we were given to eat a low fat diet, in my view, has caused a lot of depression in the population.

Recommended to eat - full fat milk, cream, real butter (+ melted over veg), olive oil, cheese, cream cheese, eggs, meat including bacon (not sausages), oily fish (tinned mackerel is my favourite), white fish, plain bio yoghurt, all vegetables (I make veg soup with a blender), all salad items, avocados, nuts (not salted or roasted), beans (I buy tins of mixed beans & baked beans from supermarket & drain off liquid), tinned prunes (delicious with cream!). There are other foods that are ok – eg pulses, sauerkraut (which I’ve googled how to make & about to try making it), Hellmans mayonnaise, Bovril, cocoa powder in warm milk, Lindt high cocoa chocolate slab, Not meant to eat potatoes as they are high carb (I have a little)

Example of one day’s meals & snacks ----

Breakfast : Hard boiled egg with cream cheese or Bacon & egg

Morning snack : Mug of warmed full fat milk & half an apple or Home made vegetable soup

Lunch : Tinned mackerel with any salad items (+ mayo)

or Handful of nuts + cottage cheese with tomatoes or any salad item

Afternoon snack : Bio yoghurt with cream mixed in + 3 prunes or a few defrosted raspberries

Supper : Chicken or any meat with mixture of vegetables with melted butter over veg


An interesting article about the negative side effects of Thyme Tea. Mentions the thyroid.



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