I love the articles where we have to talk about plants, seeds or herbs because naturally we can avoid health problems or treat any disease in a complementary way. Today it is the turn of a trendy plant, have you ever wondered what thyme is for? In this article, we will analyze your top 10 properties and health benefits of thyme.
Thyme, whose scientific name is Thymus Vulgaris, has been known for several centuries for its characteristic aroma, thus becoming one of the main aromatic species of Mediterranean cuisine. It is a plant native to the Mediterranean, grows from North Africa to Asia Minor. It has an excellent ability to adapt, therefore, you can find it in cold and arid areas. If we talk about its characteristics, thyme is a perennial shrub, woody and aromatic foliage which can reach up to 30 cm in height. Thyme leaves are really small, opposite and lanceolate. This plant has a slightly earthy aroma and its flavor is a bit spicy with a touch of clove, camphor, and mint. It can be taken both fresh and dry. Dry does not lose its properties or its smell.
Top 10 Health Benefits of Thyme
1. Antioxidant properties
We have analyzed different antioxidant plants such as chamomile or Spirulina (very good items indeed) and thyme could not be less. An antioxidant molecule helps us shovel the harmful effects of the environment in which we live. One of the incredible health benefits of thyme is that it helps us to avoid cancer, fight against the oxidation of bad cholesterol (which can cause heart attacks), among many other things.
The leafy parts of thyme and its essential oils were used in some research to discover its antioxidant effects. Resulting in an improvement in the total antioxidant capacity of the organism.
2. Anti-bacterial Activity
The essential oils obtained from thyme have powerful effects against 15 bacterial strains of different types, however, in the studies that I was able to analyze in both English and Spanish, mention is made of an “in vitro” effect. If we translate it to the Christian, it means that its effects have been analyzed outside the human body and often these effects cannot be extrapolated to human beings.
According to other authors, it seems that the antibacterial effects of the plant are more useful to treat external problems (such as wounds) or to treat problems of the mouth or throat. Broccoli also has antibacterial properties, you can read the article that writes about this battered plant here.
3. Elimination of Intestinal Parasites
One of the important health benefits of thyme is that it serves to eliminate bacteria that are found inside our body, but it can be useful to eliminate some intestinal parasites.
4. Anti Fungi
It has been studied that thyme in the form of oils or cream is a potent inhibitor of the growth of a fungus known as Candida albicans (a fungus that appears in the mouth, throat or genitals). In addition, the candida is very popular … in fact, almost all people will suffer in their lives. So there you have a natural way to fight it.
5. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
It has been reported that the presence of flavonoids and phenolic components give thyme extracts their anti-inflammatory action. For example, if you or someone you know has arthritis, it can be a natural alternative treatment to this pathology or to treat sprains or contusions.
6. Antiviral Properties.
A study conducted by Silke Nolkemper and others used aqueous extracts of thyme against Herpes virus (if that virus that almost all humans have or are carriers). The results were quite positive, showed inhibitory activity against herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), type 2 (HSV-2) and a strain of HSV-1 resistant to acyclovir.
7. Stomach Pain
The components of thyme give it antispasmodic effect helping in difficult chronic digestion (dyspepsia), diarrhea, colic, flatulence, vomiting).
8. Against Cough and Respiratory Ailments
Thyme infusions have an antitussive effect, which prevents, reduces and helps fight cough. In addition, it has an expectorant effect, helping to remove phlegm from the lungs. Two birds with one stone for a single plant. You can use thyme infusion to treat: cough, catarrh, bronchitis, tonsillitis, and colds in general. If you have pharyngitis you can gargle with an infusion of thyme.
9. To Treat External Problems
You can use extracts of thyme or make an infusion with compresses to treat small burns, wounds, sores or chilblains.
10. Rich in Seasoning
Too many scientific data that make one miss, but what would thyme be without its aroma and flavor? In fact, it is indispensable in French, Spanish, Italian and Latin American cuisine. In the United States and England it is also used, but less. In the kitchen, it harmonizes well with the chicken (it is perfect), eggs, legumes, red meats, roasted fish, game, lamb, soups, tomato sauce, all kinds of sauces, marinades, aromatizes the vinegar, stews, stews.
It is ideal for very fatty meats because it makes them more digestive.
How to Use Thyme?
Well, so far we have seen the incredible health benefits of thyme (and that have been proven), now we can see how we can prepare it for use in pursuit of our health.
The infusion is prepared with one tablespoon of the vegetable for 1 liter of freshly boiled water: drink 1 cup 3 times a day.
For external users, use the same infusion in washes, compresses or gargles. As a seasoning in meals, it combines perfectly with fish and vegetables, as well as with lamb or chicken. It is used to flavor vinegar and oils, or for marinades and sauces.
Another idea for colds is to put a good handful of thyme in a container of water and make inhalations; Excellent in colds, hoarseness, laryngitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis, cough, etc. To combat asthmatic conditions, it is advisable to mix Thyme with Lobelia and Ephedra, which contribute to their antimicrobial effect. For whooping cough, mix Thyme with Virginia Cherry and Drosera.