Health Benefits of Thyme

What is Thyme?

 

Thyme (scientific name is Thymus vulgaris) is an excellent antiseptic herb specially for the respiratory system and has been used for treatment of troublesome coughs and bronchitis for many centuries.  It is believed that the name of the herb comes from a Greek word which means courage due to the fact that the herbs is such a stimulating tonic. 

 

Thyme parts used

  • Aerial parts

  • Essential oil

Thyme health benefits

 

Besides being an important respiratory remedy, thyme can also be used as an antibacterial, antiseptic agent and an anthelmintic.  The thyme leaves can be used as an expectorant.  Being one of the top antioxidant herbs around, thyme or the essential oils of thyme are used in many herbal remedies. The health benefits of thyme are so useful and numerous which includes:

  • suppressing coughs by just consuming thyme tea which is made by placing 1 teaspoon of crushed thyme into 1/2 cup of boiling water then drinking 3-4 times daily.  Honey which acts as a demulcent can be added to the thyme tea for better effectiveness.  In fact, thyme is commonly used in the production of commercial cough drops

  • treating acute bronchitis

  • curing laryngitis

  • treating asthma

  • relieving menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome or PMS

  • being a good digestive herb, warming and astringent for stomach chills and diarrhoea, alleviating chronic gastritis, indigestion, loss of appetite, colic and irritable bowel

  • treating wounds and bruises. The oil from the thyme herb is extremely antifungal and antiseptic and can be well diluted then applied to wounds and bruises

  • effective in helping to destroy skin parasites such as crabs, scabies and lice

  • being used as mouthwashes for treatment of throat infections, gingivitis which is an inflammation of the gums, dental caries or tooth decay, plague, thrush and mouth inflammations.

  • being used as an aromatic calmative

  • effective in prevention of cancer due to its ursolic and rosmarinic acid which are major terpenoids that contains anti-cancer properties

  • helpful in treatment of arthritis

  • helpful in treating Alzheimer's disease

  • good for muscle cramps

  • alleviating nervous disorders such as insomnia, depression, nervous exhaustion and nightmare problems in children

  • boosting memory and helping concentration

  • being used to make insect repellent by using 10 drops of eucalyptus tincture, 15 drops of thyme tincture, 2 oz of castor oil or olive oil and 2 oz of distilled water.  First place the water in a bowl, add the oil slowly into the water while whisking until it becomes creamy. Then continue adding and whisking in the herbal tinctures  Keep in a bottle or jar to be used whenever needed.

Caution

 

In general, thyme is completely safe with practically zero side effects except for the following:

  • Avoid high doses for pregnancy cases as the herb may act as a uterine stimulant

  • The thyme essential oil may cause irritation to the mucous membranes and the skin and ca also cause an allergic reaction.

 

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