Through the centuries, thyme has been used to treat different diseases and conditions such as the flu and epileptic seizures.
Thyme has been mixed with lavender essential oil and was sprinkled on the floors of churches to eliminate odors as well, and long before conventional medications were invented, powdered thyme was put on bandages used on wounds to accelerate the healing and prevent infections. The herb contains volatile essential oils which possess antirheumatic, antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal properties.
Consuming thyme on a daily basis will prevent bacterial and viral infections and can treat chronic fatigue syndrome, Hashimoto’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vertigo, tinnitus and multiple sclerosis. Thyme contains numerous essential nutrients – it’s rich in iron, calcium and magnesium which can regulate your blood pressure, stimulate proper red blood cell formation and distribute antioxidants in the body. The herb is also rich in vitamin A, B, C and folic acid as well as various essential oils and bioflavonoids such as thymol, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Thyme can be used as a natural remedy against cancer as well. It contains terpenoids such as ursolic and rosmarinic acids, and regular consumption of the herb has shown that it can raise the levels of DHA in the kidneys, brain and heart cell membranes. The essential oils in the herb can treat laryngitis, asthma, mouth inflammation, sore throat, coughs, bronchitis, throat infections and gingivitis. The best way to consume the herb is to prepare a cup of thyme tea. Here’s how:
A handful of dried thyme
Boil some water in a pot, then add about a teaspoon of dried herbs in it. Simmer the mixture for a couple of minutes more, then cover the pot and let it sit for 5 minutes. In the end, strain and enjoy your cup of healthy thyme tea. References: U.S. National Library of Medicine, Science Direct, MNT, Off.
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