Thyme is a perennial medicinal and culinary herb belonging to the mint family.
It is an aromatic herb and its flowers, leaves and oil are used as medicine. It is very rich in anti-oxidants, iron, manganese and vitamin K and has good amounts of calcium and dietary fiber.
Its antimicrobial properties make it beneficial against many bacteria and fungi.
Health benefits of thyme
- Anti-inflammatory properties: Thyme can be applied externally on joints to lower inflammation and pain. When ingested its anti-inflammatory properties help ease respiratory problems like chest congestion, sore throat, laryngitis and bronchial asthma. Thyme oil reduces levels of COX-2, an enzyme causing inflammation and pain.
- Safeguards our cellular membranes: Thymol, the volatile oil present in thyme helps to safeguard and enhance the healthy fat content of cell membranes especially in brain, kidney and heart. It prevents cells from oxidative stress and thereby inhibits their premature aging.
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- Good for bone health: Thyme is very rich in vitamin K which strengthens our bones. Moreover its calcium, manganese and iron content boosts bone health and prevent osteoporosis.
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- Aids digestion: It relieves abdominal cramps, flatulence, increases appetite and safeguards from chronic gastritis. It also eases irritable bowel syndrome and colic. As thyme aids proper digestion of fats it is especially beneficial when taken after eating pork or mutton. Thymol and carvacol present in the herb have a soothing effect on the blood vessels of the gastrointestinal tract.
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- Antiseptic benefits: The antiseptic properties of thymol present in thyme makes its paste beneficial for healing insect bites, stings, wounds and inflammation of breast tissue. Also when used for making a solution for gargle or mouthwash it prevents tooth decay, dental plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. Its antimicrobial properties help it to treat fungal infections like athlete’s foot, skin parasites like lice and scabies as well as dandruff in hair. Also it is beneficial against bacteria like E. coli, Staphalococcus aureus and Shingella sonnei.
- Beneficial for the nervous system: Thyme serves as an effective natural nervine helping to control nervous disorders like depression, nightmares, insomnia and nervous exhaustion.
- The herb is known to effectively treat parasitic intestinal worms, roundworm, threadworm and hookworm.
- Thyme when used as an eye cleansing solution soothes painful or aching eyes. Thyme tea bags when placed on eyes heal sties and conjunctivitis.
- Its antispasmodic properties help relieve menstrual cramps in women.
- Thyme oil along with evening primrose oil, fish oils and vitamin E correct movement disorders seen in children.
- In combination with other herbs like lavender, rosemary and cedarwood, thyme is beneficial in treating hair loss or alopecia areata and promoting hair growth.
- Thyme’s drying effect is beneficial for inhibiting nose and eyes watering seen in hay fever and other allergies.
- Thyme tea gargle eases swelling and pus formed during tonsillitis.
Thyme is usually safe for all when consumed in moderate amounts. However it should be avoided before a surgery as it tends to slow blood clotting and may cause excessive bleeding during or post surgery.