Did you know that down through the centuries thyme has been used for many ailments, from influenza to epileptic seizures? People also used it to prevent an infection and accelerate the wound healing by placing crushed thyme on bandages.
Thyme belongs to the genus Thymus, which is part of the mint family and closely related to oregano – another powerful herb. Native to the Southern Mediterranean regions, this perennial herb is now grown around the world for its culinary and therapeutic uses.
Thyme has remained influential over the years in part because of its health benefits, all of which are owed to its diverse profile of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutritional compounds. Thyme is an excellent source of fiber, calcium, iron, manganese, and vitamins A, B6, and C.
There are also robust phenols inside the plant including thymol, eugenol, and carvacrol. These compounds are responsible for the herb’s antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-parasitic and anti-rheumatic properties.
If it is used on a regular basis, thyme has the ability to reduce the viral load in the body, thus helping in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Hashimoto`s, fibromyalgia, thyroiditis, lupus, tinnitus, and vertigo.
This amazing herb also contains terpenoids like ursolic and rosmarinic acids, which have anti-cancer properties. According to researchers in Turkey, wild thyme induced cell death in breast cancer cells. Moreover, a study carried out in Lisbon, Portugal, found that extracts of mastic thyme may protect from colon cancers.
Furthermore, researchers at the University of Turin, in Italy, found that essential oil of thyme significantly enhanced intracellular killing of Candida albicans, which is a common cause of mouth and vaginal yeast infections.
According to multiple studies, the regular consumption of thyme can increase the amount of DHA, an omega 3 fatty acids, in the kidneys, heart, and brain cell membranes.
The essential oils in thyme also have expectorant and bronchial antispasmodic properties treating…
- Acute and chronic bronchitis
- Sore throats
- Treats inflammation of the mouth
- Throat infections
- Prevent gingivitis
In order to improve your overall health, and prevent many diseases, we recommend you to try this amazing tea!
- Dried or fresh thyme
- A covered container for brewing and straining
First, you need to put the dried thyme into the brewing container. For 1 cup of water you should use 1 teaspoon of dried thyme, but if you are using fresh thyme you can add more. Then, pour some boiling water over them, cover, and steep for 5 minutes. At the end do not forget to strain the liquid. Your tea is ready. Enjoy!