Thyme can be found in sunny and hot areas. Because of its medicinal properties, it has been used as a remedy for millennia. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has a myriad of health properties, and it is on the list of the most potent medicinal herbs.
It contains vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, including vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as minerals like iron, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus.
The famous thyme tea is a healthy drink, used as a natural remedy in the treatment of various health problems. It soothes all respiratory infections, coughs, improves sleep, alleviates the symptoms of food poisoning, fights inflammation, and relieves a sore throat.
We offer you here a review of the most important health benefits of this herb:
Bronchial infections are healed with thyme because it possesses strong antibacterial, antispasmodic, and healing properties. According to the study, thyme combined with primrose root drinks is the best natural remedy for relieving bronchitis symptoms. Additionally, this combination breaks down mucus and soothes the coughs.
Use: Drink a few cups of warm thyme tea daily
2) Yeast and Fungal Infections
Compounds thymol and carvacrol found in the thyme have fungicidal properties, which showed the best effects on destroying fungal pathogens that cause tuberculosis or other pulmonary infections. Also, the thyme essential oil eliminates the Candida albicans yeast that can infect the gastrointestinal tract.
How to use in the case of vaginal yeast infections: – Soak a tampon in a mixture of 3 drops of thyme oil and a tablespoon of liquefied virgin coconut oil, and leave it in the vagina for an hour daily. Repeat until healed.
3) Reduces Blood Pressure
The high antioxidant content in the thyme tea can help in lowering blood pressure. Due to the effectively lowered blood pressure, it helps in regulating the LDL cholesterol and the heart rate, as well.
4) Common Cold and Flu
As an incredibly powerful natural remedy in the treatment of respiratory infections, thyme tea naturally treats colds and flu. It is also effective against multidrug-resistant bacteria and breaks up mucus, helping its elimination.
Use: Inhale the aroma of thyme essential oil to fight colds, flu, and respiratory infections.
The property of thyme to relax the respiratory system helps to inhibit allergic reactions. This is due to the antispasmodic properties of thyme, which soothe the symptoms of asthma, helps to breathe, fight inflammation in the airways, an address wheezing issues.
– Inhale thyme essential oil in a diffuser or directly from the bottle,
– Drink thyme tea.
6) Strep Throat
Thyme has strong antimicrobial effects and can destroy various Streptococcus strains of bacteria, and other oral pathogens that lead to infections.
– Gargle with thyme tea to soothe the sore throat due to a strep infection
– Use thyme water to cure tonsillitis and soothes the throat
– Relieve the symptoms of a sore throat by putting a few drops of the essential oil in a diffuser, and inhaling the vapors.
Relaxing the muscles of the colon and keeping the body hydrated, thyme tea is a natural remedy against diarrhea. Additionally, it fights symptoms of colitis such as abdominal pain.
Due to the anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effect, the thyme tea and thyme essential oil reduces stress and relieve anxiety.
Use: – Put a few drops of thyme essential oil on a tissue and inhale deeply.
According to numerous conducted studies, the thyme effectively fights acne, by killing off the Propionibacterium acnes strain of bacteria. It is also effective in healing whiteheads, pustules, pimples, and acne cysts.
– Apply dipped cotton ball in thyme tea on the acne.
– For better results, it is recommended to mix this tea with tea tree oil, which can be used as a facial cleanser to prevent acne breakouts
– The thyme essential oil can be used to treat acne breakouts, by adding 10-12 drops of it for every 1 ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil. This mixture is applied to the affected area.
By destroying mold spores, thyme prevents their disastrous effects, like lung infections, asthma, blocked airways, and allergies.
Use: – Prepare a homemade anti-mold spray in a spray bottle, by adding 25 drops of thyme oil to a 16-oz. of white vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide. After spraying all over the surfaces affected by mold, leave it to act for 20 minutes, and wipe with a damp cloth.
11) Food Poisoning
The ingestion of bacteria or germs can cause food poisoning and lead to vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and inflammation.
Precautions When Using Thyme
– Avoid this tasty herb if you take blood clotting medications,
– Stop taking thyme 2 weeks before surgery
– In some people, thyme can cause allergies,
– It can cause estrogen-like effect, so avoid it if you are at risk of hormone-sensitive conditions like ovarian cancer, breast cancer, uterine cancer, or endometriosis.
Growing thyme at home
To get the best taste and avoid potential toxins from commercially made tea you can use high-quality leaves harvested from your backyard. Thyme is easy to grow, and here is how to grow it at home and reap its countless benefits:
a) The thyme should be planted in an area with plenty of sun exposure and well-draining, dry and gritty soil. You can use plant root or seeds.
b) In northern planting zones, the thyme plant should be covered with evergreen boughs to help them return in the spring.
c) At the beginning of blooming, cut the top half off the branches and hang them in a dark, dry place. You can dry it also into the oven or a food dehydrator.
d) The dry flowers, without leaves, should be stored in a dark place.