Throughout the centuries, thyme has been used as a natural remedy for a long list of diseases, from epileptic seizures to flu symptoms. It originates from the Mediterranean and it belongs to the genus Thymus. It can be found in the form of essential oil or as a fresh or dried herb.
In the middle Ages, it was mixed with lavender and sprayed onto church floors to remove unpleasant odors and it was also used as a natural remedy against minor wounds and skin infections whereas the Romans used it to flavor cheese and alcoholic drinks. Hippocrates or “the father of Western medicine” highly recommended it for respiratory problems. It has a variety of medicinal, culinary, and ornamental uses too.
To learn more about the healing properties of this amazing herb, continue reading the article!
The Health Benefits of Thyme
- It possesses strong antiparasitic, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antirheumatic characteristics
- When consumed on the regular, it can decrease the viruses in the body and thus, alleviate chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s, lupus, vertigo, tinnitus, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.
- Thyme is abundant in vitamins and minerals that can lower the blood pressure, help with the formation of red blood cells, and contribute to the proper distribution of antioxidants
- It contains thymol, a substance known for its strong antioxidant abilities
- It can avert cancer
- It has the capacity to elevate the DHA levels in the kidneys, heart, and brain
- Thyme essential oil can be used to treat sore throat, coughing, asthma, bronchitis, throat infection, mouth inflammation, and gingivitis
- It may protect from colon and breast cancer
- Thyme essential oil can destroy yeast infections
- Prolongs the stability of cooking oils
- Has a soothing effect on acne-prone skin
Thyme Tea Recipe
Drinking this tea will loosen the mucus in the lungs common during bronchitis and other upper respiratory tract infections. This tea offers a satisfying savory flavor and it can be effective for weight loss because it is a zero-calorie drink! Amazing, right? Since it is free of sugar, it is safe for people who are diagnosed with diabetes.
Let us take a look at the recipe now.
You will need:
A tsp of ground thyme powder
A cup of filtered water
Preparation: Pour the powder into a cup of boiling water. Stir the content and drink it while warm.