Thyme is an herb native to the Mediterranean region and southern Europe. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine as a natural cure for chest and respiratory issues, such as chest congestion, cough, a common cold, flu, bronchitis, etc.
Some of the most important therapeutic effects of this herb include its ability to treat respiratory ailments, prevent chronic diseases and fungal infections, boost the immune system, induce blood flow, support heart function, and reduce stress.
Traditionally, people used to crush thyme and place it on bandages to speed up wound healing as well as prevent infections.
Thyme essential oils are packed with anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-parasitic and anti-rheumatic properties.
The regular use of the thyme oil helps in cases of fibromyalgia, vertigo, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, tinnitus, and lupus.
Health Benefits of Thyme:
Thyme is high in vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, and calcium, all of which are extremely beneficial for proper red blood cell formation, blood pressure regulation, and distribution of antioxidants in the body. It is also abundant in folic acid, B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, and C.
It also contains various bioflavonoids and volatile oils, including thymol, an essential oil with potent antioxidant properties.
Furthermore, it has powerful cancer preventive properties, as it is rich in terpenoids such as rosmarinic and ursolic acids. Studies have shown that the regular intake of thyme raises the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) in the kidney, brain, and heart cell membranes.
The essential oils in thyme have strong expectorant and bronchial antispasmodic properties and are thus excellent in the treatment and prevention of:
– throat infections
– acute and chronic bronchitis
– sore throats
– inflammation of the mouth
How to Make Thyme Tea
– Thyme (dried or a handful of fresh)
– A covered container for brewing & straining
- Boil some water in a pot, then add about a teaspoon of dried herbs in it.
- Simmer the mixture for a couple of minutes more, then cover the pot and let it sit for 5 minutes.
- In the end, strain and enjoy your cup of healthy thyme tea.