Thyme has plenty of medicinal properties and grows in hot and sunny areas. Thyme is great source of: minerals, antioxidants and vitamins ( Vitamins A, E, C, K; minerals: Calcium, Iron, phosphorus, potassium etc.)
This herb improves our immune system and gives and offers a plenty of health benefits.
Oil made from thyme, also, has very powerful properties. Thyme essential oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. The thyme oil has the power to eliminated strains of bacteria such as Salmonella typhimurium, Staphylococcus aureus, E. colli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
The most important benefits of thyme are the following:
Thyme is great cure for bronchitis, because it has powerful antibacterial, healing and antispasmodic properties. According to studies, if we drink thyme tea we can eliminated bronchitis symptoms. Make tea of thyme and drink several cups of it in order to trat bronchitis, make your breathing easy or to get relieved from cough.
- Fungal and Yeast Infections
Fungal pathogens that provoke pulmonary infections or tuberculosis are destroyed by the thymol and carvacrol ( compounds of the thyme). Candida albicans yeast that may infect the gastrointestinal tract is eliminated by the essential oils. If coping with vaginal yeast infections, mix a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil with 3 drops of thyme, then take a tampon and soak it. Leave the tampon in vagina for 1 hour and repeat this process every day.
- Lower blood pressure
Thyme is a great antioxidant and you can reduce your blood pressure if you drink thyme tea. According to studies, thyme lowers the bad cholesterol, blood pressure and heart rate and all these leads to heart disease.
- Cold and Flu
Thyme tea is very beneficial treatment of respiratory infections. This tea is very effective against resistant bacteria, and is a natural treatment against colds. By inhaling the aroma of thyme oil you won’t have any respiratory or flu infections.
Thyme tea prevents allergic reactions and relaxes our respiratory system. Thyme has antispasmodic properties that soothe asthma symptoms, cope with inflammation, help the breathing. Drink a thyme tea or inhale thyme essential oil from a diffuser.
- Strep throat
In order to soothe sore throat, gargle and rinse your mouth with thyme tea. Thyme has strong antimicrobial properties which eliminate Streptococcus bacteria as well as other pathogens that can lead to infections. A several drops of thyme essential oil should be put in diffuser and vapors should be inhaled.
Thyme tea naturally eliminates the symptoms of diarrhea and abdominal pain. Thyme tea also provides hydration and relaxes the colon muscles.
You can get relieved from anxiety and you won’t be stressed if you drink thyme tea or if you use thyme essential oil. This herb has anxiety-reducing effect. Put a few drops on a tissue and inhale. You will enjoy the benefit of being relieved from anxiety and your stress will be lowered.
According to studies, thyme is brilliant fighter against acne. Take a cotton ball and soak it in thyme tea. Then apply it on your acnes. In order to prevent appearance of acne, mix thyme tea with tea tree and use this mix as a facial cleanser. The appearance of acne can be also prevented by using thyme essential oil. Add 10 drops of thyme essential oil into base oil and apply on acne.
Thyme tea eliminates mold spores and blocks their effects such as: lung infections, allergies, asthma as well as blocked airways. A home anti-mold spray can be made, if you add 25 drops of thyme oil to 16-oz. bottle with white 3%hydrogen peroxide ( or white vinegar). Spray with your homemade spray on areas affected by mold, wait 20 minutes and wipe with cloth.
- Poisoning from food
Thyme tea is powerful fighter against food poisoning. This tea fights the symptoms cause by food poisoning and eliminated the bacteria that cause the infection.
- Use thyme tea safely and be cautious
You can add thyme in several foods, or make a tea from thyme, but you should avoid taking this herb 2 weeks before surgery, or if you intake blood clotting medications. This herb can provoke allergies and estrogen –like effect, and should be avoided if suffering from endometriosis, breast cancer, uterine cancer or ovarian cancer.