While spices like turmeric and ginger may be better known for their medicinal effects, they certainly are not the only flavoring agents with healing properties.
In fact, most of the herbs used in cooking today are included in everyday foods because of their health benefits, and thyme is no exception.
Benefits of thyme
This popular herb is typically used to treat whooping cough, sore throat, bronchitis, skin disorders, colic, and parasitic worm infections. Also, it has the ability to treat the most common stomach problems like stomach pain (gastritis), upset stomach and diarrhea.
In children, the herb can be used to manage bedwetting and dyspraxia, a movement disorder in children.
Thyme can also be applied topically to treat swollen tonsils, hoarseness, sore mouth, and bad breath.
Thyme contains violate essential oil, which antibacterial and antifungal properties are even used to fight ear pain, oral infections, and baldness.
Other health benefits include:
- Increased urine flow
- Appetite stimulant
- Prevents tooth decay
- Improves acne
- Lowers blood pressure
- Suppresses cough
- Boosts immunity
- Boosts mood
- Treats breast and colon cancer
Thyme also is loaded with ursolic acid, which increases skeletal muscle mass and brown fat while decreasing diet-induced obesity, improving glucose intolerance, and reversing fatty liver disease.
Another powerful compound that thyme contain is rosmarinic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the symptoms of arthritis and inflammatory disease like lupus.
When taken regularly, thyme tea can help deal with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, vertigo, tinnitus, and multiple sclerosis.
How to make thyme tea
- A handful of fresh or dried thyme
- A teapot or mug
- Boiled water
First, measure out 1 teaspoon of the herb per cup of water you’ll be using. Pour the water heated between 208 and 212° Fahrenheit, and cover and infuse for about 5 minutes. At last, remove the tea and enjoy!