Did you know that down through the centuries thyme has been used for many ailments, from influenza to epileptic seizures? It was often mixed with equal parts of lavender and sprinkled on the floors of churches in the Middle Ages to eliminate any unwanted odors. Long before the discovery of modern medicine, crushed thyme was placed on bandages to promote wound healing and ward off infection.
Benefits of thyme
This popular herb is typically used to treat whooping cough, sore throat, bronchitis, skin disorders, colic, and parasitic worm infections. Also, it has the ability to treat the most common stomach problems like stomach pain (gastritis), upset stomach and diarrhoea.
In children, the herb can be used to manage bedwetting and dyspraxia, a movement disorder in children.
Thyme can also be applied topically to treat swollen tonsils, hoarseness, sore mouth, and bad breath.
Thyme is also rich in different important bioflavonoids and volatile oils, such as thymol, an essential oil with very potent antioxidant effects.
Thyme also serves as cancer prevention, as it contains terpenoids like rosmarinic and ursolic acids. It has been scientifically proven that regular consumption of thyme increases the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) in the brain, the heart, and the kidney cell membranes.
Thanks to its expectorant and bronchial antispasmodic properties, thyme is used for treating:
– Increased urine flow
– Appetite stimulant
– Prevents tooth decay
– Improves acne
– Lowers blood pressure
– Suppresses cough
– Boosts immunity
– Prevents tooth decay
– Boosts mood
– Treats breast and colon cancer
Thyme also contains ursolic acid, which increases skeletal muscle mass and brown fat while decreasing diet-induced obesity, improving glucose intolerance and reserving fatty liver disease .
Another powerful compound, rosmarinic acid, has anti-inflammatory benefits which can reduce symptoms of arthritis and inflammatory diseases like lupus.
When taken regularly, thyme tea can help deal with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, vertigo, tinnitus, and multiple sclerosis.
How to make thyme tea
– A handful of fresh or dried thyme
– A teapot or mug
– Boiled water
1. Put some herbs in your brewing container – about 1 tsp dried herbs per cup of water. For fresh herbs, use more.
2. Pour over water that’s just off the boil.
3. Cover and infuse for about 5 minutes.
4. Strain and serve.