The MILLION-DOLLAR question – what’s the name of this secret ingredient?! Well, ladies and gentlemen, you’ll be surprised when we tell you that we’re talking about thyme. This herb belongs to the plan genus Thymus, which is indigenous to Europe and Asia. Thyme is usually used for decorative purposes. Bees use the thyme’s pollen to make delicious honey. Thyme has anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties as well. According to the latest research from the University of Manitoba, Canada, reports show that thyme can help reduce bacterial resistance to antibiotics like penicillin.
Another research, conducted by group of scientists at the Leeds Metropolitan University, England, has found that thyme preparations can treat acne and other skin problems, better than the prescription creams. Thyme is also extremely useful in treating respiratory and gastrointestinal problems soothe sore throat and arthritis as well. Thyme is very lovely plant, which can be added to your garden and stored to enhance its flavor.
During the middle ages, people mixed thyme with lavender in equal amounts and sprinkled on the floors of churches to get rid of any unwanted odors. Moreover, it has also been used to heal wounds and prevent infections, and it was applied crushed on the affected areas.
Its volatile essential oils are high in antiviral, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, and anti-fungal properties.
Its regular use will lower 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 to treat these conditions is to drink thyme tea every morning.
Thyme is high in vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, and calcium, all of which are extremely beneficial for proper red blood cell formation, blood pressure regulation, and distribution of antioxidants in the body. It is also abundant in folic acid, B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, and C.
It also contains various bioflavonoids and volatile oils, including thymol, an essential oil with potent antioxidant properties.
Furthermore, it has powerful cancer preventive properties, as it is rich in terpenoids such as rosmarinic and ursolic acids. Studies have shown that 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.
The essential oils in thyme have strong expectorant and bronchial antispasmodic properties and are thus excellent in the treatment and prevention of:
- throat infections
- acute and chronic bronchitis
- sore throats
- inflammation of the mouth