Thyme is a popular herb that has been used as an alternative medicine for many years. People have used it for treating various diseases, from flu to epileptic seizures.
People in the middle ages used to thyme with lavender in equal amounts and sprinkled on the floors of churches to get rid of any unwanted odors. They also used it to treat wounds and prevent infections by applying it crushed directly on the affected areas.
Thyme oil offers antiviral, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal properties.
If used regularly, it will decrease the viral load in the body, so it is excellent in the case of lupus, tinnitus, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, vertigo, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and rheumatoid arthritis. All you need to do is drink thyme tea every morning.
The reason why thyme is so helpful is because it is high in vitamins and minerals including iron, potassium, and calcium. These components are very important for proper red blood cell formation, blood pressure regulation, and distribution of antioxidants in the body. Thyme is also abundant in folic acid, B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, and C.
Furthermore, it contains various bioflavonoids and volatile oils, including thymol, an essential oil with potent antioxidant properties.
What’s even more important, thyme offers anti-cancer properties thanks to the terpenoids it contains, such as rosmarinic and ursolic acids.
According to studies, the regular intake of thyme raises the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) in the kidney, brain, and heart cell membranes.
Because the essential oils in thyme have strong expectorant and bronchial antispasmodic properties, it makes thyme great for treating and preventing:
- throat infections
- acute and chronic bronchitis
- sore throats
- inflammation of the mouth