Uses and Health Benefits of Thyme

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Thyme is native to rocky soil in sunny areas of southern Europe and Mediterranean regions.It is used in its wild form but became domesticated and is well loved due to its medicinal properties. This aromatic herb in the mint family is common today throughout the world including north America. Lord Thomas Culpeper, colonial Governor of Virginia during 1680’s specified thyme asa noble strengthener of the lungs However thyme’s appreciation goes far back in the history as many claim that it was one of the three herbs used to make theVirgin Mary’s bed“. The modern herbalists value thyme oil for its expectorant and antibacterial properties, excellent for those that are troubled with gout and if taken inwardly it is of great comfort to stomach.

Caution : People with thyroid disease should be cautious about using thyme as it may stimulate your thyroid gland and cause changes in heart rate and breathing patterns.

How to use Thyme Leaf ?

Thyme is an expectorant, especially helpful for respiratory problems. It can be used as a facial steam or in a vapor therapy to help relieve coughing and congestion.

Thyme Leaf for Cough and Cold

  • You need to boil water in a large pot or kettle and place some thyme leaves in a large stock pot to pour boiling water over the herb. Then lean over the pot with herbs and water, cover your head with a towel to seal in the steam from the pot.
  • You have to carefully breath in the steam in slow deep breaths for about 5 to 8 minutes, this will help loosen you congestion and you will naturally get relieved from coughing.

Thyme as a Herbal Remedy for Digestion

Thyme is a small and unassuming herb plant which can be enjoyed in meals to help in digestion.

  • You can take a teaspoon of thyme tincture (alcohol extract) half an hour before breakfast to calm digestive spasms. This along with castor oil can be used to get rid of unwanted worms and parasites.
  • In France, thyme is used as a cleansing liver tonic, stimulating the digestive system and liver function and to treat indigestion, poor appetite, anemia, gall bladder complaints and lethargy.



How to use Thyme Oil ?

  • The potent oil of thyme is extracted from the fresh or partly dried flowering tops and leaves of the plant by water or steaming distillation process.
  • Because of the phenols (carvacrol and thymol) which can cause irritation of mucus membranes, it should be used in low concentrations and should not be used in skin care products if the person is sensitive to it.

Natural remedies using Thyme Oil

The herb has naturally occurring thymol (an active phytochemical) due to which thyme oil has strong rich flavor and smell.

  • The oil of thyme is a popular aromatherapy oil due to its stress relieving abilities. You can inhale it or topically apply thyme oil (1%) diluted in carrier oil (100 drops) to your temples, chest or neck to lower your overall stress.
  • Thyme oil can be blended by with 100 drops of carrier oil like bergamot, grape fruit,lemon, lavender,castor oil, rosemary, and pine. This blended oil can be used in massage therapy to cure arthritis, bronchitis, colds, flu, coughs, gout, bruises, eczema and mucus congestion.
  • Thyme oil can also be used in vapor therapy.You can add 2 to 5 drops of thyme oil into a pot of streaming or boiling water, then cover the pot with a towel. Now place your head under the towel and breathe deeply for 2 to 5 minutes.
  • The aromatic compounds of thyme oil will rapidly reach your respiratory system clearing your sinuses.

Uses of Thyme Tea ?

The expectorant properties in tea can reduce excess of mucus formed in the intestinal tract and defeat microbes responsible for digestive sickness. A cupful of thyme tea can work as :

  • An Antibacterial
  • An Expectorant
  • An Antioxidant
  • An Anti-inflammatory
  • Cures Digestive Sickness
  • Reduces Heart Ailments

Thyme Tea Preparation

Fresh thyme leaves or dried leaves may be used to make tea. Following are steps to make thyme tea :

  • You can take a few fresh leaves of thyme or 1 tablespoon of dried thyme leaves.
  • Put these leaves in a tea pot and fill up a pot with a mug of boiling water
  • Then you have to steep these leaves.
  • The taste can be more powerful the longer you steep. Thyme has strong flavor but you can steep it for 10 minutes and then sweeten it.
  • You can try to flavor your thyme tea’s strong taste by adding sugar, honey, lemon juice. You can also gargle with unsweetened tea to clean your mouth.

Thyme Constituents

  • Vitamin B6 : It rejuvenates and energizes your body and improves the functionality of your metabolism.
  • Iron : It increases the levels of hemoglobin in your blood.
  • Calcium/ Iron/ Manganese : These salts improve your bone health, help speedup your liver function and eliminates toxin to detoxify your body.
  • Fiber : Fiber aids your digestion by stimulating peristaltic movement and helps in maintaining gut health to increase our nutrient uptake.
  • Thymol/ carvacrol : Thymol increases the white blood cells in your blood and gives you a fast recovery from any illness. Thymol have antibacterial property as well.
  • Linalool/ Thymol : It is an antioxidant which boosts immunity and free radicals.

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