Thyme is an perennial evergreen herb that originates from the Mediterranean. It has been used for culinary, medicinal and ornamental uses for centuries.The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris who is from the family of a mint((Lamiaceae) and close relative of the oregano genus Origanum.
In general, it’s considered a natural remedy for respiratory problems such as chest congestion, the flu, colds, bronchitis and coughs. The herb can treat most respiratory disorders pretty efficiently, while also reinforcing your immune system and preventing chronic diseases and conditions.
In Ancient Egypt, the herb has been used for embalming, while ancient Greeks used it as incense in temples. Other cultures used crushed thyme on wounds to accelerate the healing and recovery and prevent infections.
Thyme owes its health benefits to the host of essential nutrients it contains. The herb is rich in vitamins A, B and C, as well as mineral such as potassium, calcium and iron. Besides these nutrients, thyme contains volatile oils(thymol), bioflavonoids and terpenoids which have powerful anti-cancer properties. Terpenoids in the herb such as rosmarinic and ursolic acid can raise the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) in the kidney, brain and heart cell membranes and improve the function of the organs.
Because of his strong antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-parasitic and anti-rheumatic qualities, the essential thyme oil is can help in the cases of lupus, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, tinnitus, vertigo, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. But, if you have any of these health problems, follow the advice of qualified practitioner of medicine.
Also, his antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties is great against asthma, oral inflammation, gingivitis, acute bronchitis, laryngitis, cough, sore throat, throat infections and similar respiratory problems.
To benefit from the herb properly, we suggest using it in the form of tea. Here’s how to prepare it:
- Organic thyme
Bring the water to boil in a pot, then add the thyme and simmer for 5 minutes. Leave the tea to cool down afterwards, then strain it, add some honey and enjoy!
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