One of the most popular herbs mostly used in the kitchen is definitely thyme. But, this herb with an interesting scent isn’t new. People have used it for numerous centuries to treat a variety of different health problems from epileptic seizures to flu.
People in the middle ages combined lavender and thyme to eliminate odors from churches. They just sprinkled this mixture on the floor. Thyme has also been used against infections or wounds. People would just crush a little bit of it and put it on the area where they have a problem.
Thyme is known to contain different volatile essential oils which possess anti-fungal, antiviral, anti-parasitic, antiseptic and anti-rheumatic properties.
Using thyme regularly can also help people with more serious health problems like:
- rheumatoid arthritis
- multiple sclerosis
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
Drinking only one cup of thyme tea each morning will make a great difference in case you’ve got any of these health problems.
This amazing herb contains an abundance of minerals and vitamins like calcium and iron that we need in order to have a normalized blood pressure, good creation of red blood cells, antioxidants in our body etc. Thyme also contains vitamins like C, B-complex and A as well as folic acid.
It contains thymol which is among the best essential oils known as antioxidants, but it’s also full of different bioflavonoids.
Thyme is abundant in ursolic and rosmarinic acids that are terpenoids. Terpenoids can help us fight cancer cells and prevent cancer. Various scientific studies have already shown that when people intake thyme regularly, they have an increased amount of an omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid or DHA which is especially beneficial for our heart, brain and kidneys.
As we have already mentioned, its essential oils are very beneficial because they’re abundant in powerful bronchial, expectorant and antispasmodic properties which can help you against:
- throat infections
- mouth inflammation
- sore throat
- chronic and acute bronchitis