Nature offers some of the best herbal remedies for treating and preventing numerous health conditions.
There are plenty of herbs, trees, fruits, and vegetables that provide some of the most potent therapeutic properties.
One of them is the incredibly healing herb called thyme. Besides being a culinary herb, thyme is one of the oldest medicinal herbs on the Planet. During the Roman era, it was used to prevent and relieve symptoms of food poisoning.
And, before the food safety laws and refrigeration, it was added in recipes to prevent food-borne illnesses and spoiled meat.
In fact, most of you have probably used its medicinal properties without even knowing. For example, its active compound – thymol, is included in Vicks VapoRub and Listerine mouthwash due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties.
But, a more natural way to use its impressive health benefits is taking it as a tea. Before telling you how to make it, we present you a few reasons why you should start consuming it on a daily basis.
Health Benefits of Thyme
Thyme contains volatile essential oil which provides powerful antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-parasitic, antiseptic, and anti-rheumatic effects.
If consumed regularly, it can lower the viral load in the body, making it useful in the treatment of Hashimoto, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, vertigo, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Furthermore, thyme is rich in essential vitamins and minerals. The high calcium, iron, and potassium content helps regulate blood pressure levels, the formation of red blood cells, and the distribution of antioxidants throughout the body.
Also, it’s rich in vitamin A, B-complex, C, and folic acid. It includes a variety of vital bioflavonoids and volatile oils such as thymol. The essential oil provides strong antioxidant properties.
A study suggests that the carvacrol found in thyme helps prevent and treat colon cancer.
Thyme for Respiratory Problems
Research showed that this herb could help treat acute bronchitis and productive cough, in combination with ivy.
Moreover, its essential oils provide bronchial antispasmodic and expectorant properties which help treat the following health problems:
- sore throats
- acute and chronic bronchitis
- throat infections
- inflammation of the mouth
How to Prepare Thyme Tea
All you have to do is add a teaspoon of dried thyme, or a tablespoon of fresh, chopped thyme to a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for five minutes before straining. Drink while warm, once a day.
Besides enjoying it as a tea, you can also add the herb to meals, pasta, salads, soups, dressings, and to about any dish you like.
Note – avoid thyme if you take blood thinners, have clotting disorders, or you have to undergo surgery in less than two weeks.