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Thyme belongs to the mint family. It has been used for various purposes since ancient times. Egyptians used the herb in their embalming practices and Greeks used the fragrance for their ambiance. Thyme is said to be native to Southern Europe and Mediterranean regions.

Thymus Vulgaris has been used as a culinary staple all over the world. Thyme not only gives a better and unique taste to the food but also provides a wide range of health benefits. The flowers, leaves, and oil from the herb had been used to treat various problems.

Thyme to cure cough and cold

Thyme is a very popular and traditional remedy to treat cough/cold in children and adults. They have strong antiseptic and antibiotic properties in it. It is even efficient enough to cure bronchitis, sore throat, and congestion in the chest. A cup of thyme tea or a few drops of the extract can make wonders.

How to treat children who are suffering from cold/cough/congestion

  • Take a few drops of thyme oil and spread it on their shirt/dress near the neck and sleeves. Continuous inhalation if the aroma can reduce the block in the nose
  • Crush few fresh leaves of thyme and squeeze to get the extract. Mix it with honey and feed it twice a day

You can also use the “Sorasam” recipe to cure a cold in children/infants. Click here for details.

How to make tea

  • You can use dried thyme leaves along with peppermint in equal proportion
  • Add to one cup of water and boil it till the water gets the extract
  • Once done, strain the water and cool it down
  • You can add a generous amount of honey to the tea as honey acts as a soother to the irritation

The tea can be consumed by adults too.

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Improves vision

Thyme is rich in Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps you strengthen vision. The fat-soluble vitamin and the anti-oxidants in it aid healthy mucus creation, skin, and membrane in your body. Consuming thyme tea once a week can help you maintain a good vision.

Antispasmodic

Thyme oil is very effective to cure spasms. Spasms are unwanted and excessive involuntary contractions that happen in the respiratory tracts, nerves, muscles, intestines, or other organs and may result in coughs, convulsions, epileptic or hysterical attacks, cramps and muscular aches, abdominal and intestinal aches, and even spasmodic cholera.

Antiseptic

Caryophyllene and Camphene are important components in thyme that work as anti-septic. Thyme oil can be applied on wounds and open cuts. It will prevent the formation of pus and cure the injury quickly.

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Anti-rheumatic

Rheumatism is a painful disorder in joints, muscles, or any connecting tissue. It often leads to arthritis and gout. Thyme oil helps proper blood circulation and controls the secretion of uric acid in the bloodstream. This can help to relieve pain and slowly cure the affected muscles/tissues.

Diuretic

Thyme has a good property that helps to flush out toxins in your body through urine. Consuming thyme tea or thyme extract can help you urinate frequently and detoxify your body.

Cardiac health

A very important feature of thyme is that it is a stress reliever. It can relax the muscles and the arteries from stress. The anti-spasmodic property regulates the heart functioning by reducing and preventing any harmful effect on the muscles and arteries. This leads to blood pressure regulation too.

Anti-bacterial

Caryophyllene and Camphene compounds in thyme make it an effective anti-bacterial agent. This reduces the bacterial growth inside and outside your body. It works very effectively in curing infections like B-Colitis, renal colic, bacterial infections in the genitals and urethra, intestines, and respiratory system as well as the external exposure of wounds.

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Carminative

Excessive gas in your stomach and intestines are very painful sometimes. The easiest and natural way to treat gas trouble is to use thyme. It pushes gas out your system downwards, which is a very effective way to get rid of gas. It also makes sure that gas formation does not happen again. It also reduces nausea, cramps, and pain.

Reduces menstrual cramps and pain

It’s essential oil provides relief from the symptoms like abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, and low blood pressure that is associated with menstruation. It can also delay menopause, thereby keeping women healthy, happy, and fertile. The essential oil does all of this by stimulating the production of certain hormones like estrogen. You can apply essential oil externally in the abdominal region or taken along with any form of food.

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Removes scar

It is very effective in fading away the scar caused by surgery, pimple, acne, pox, measles, and wounds. Continuous application can reduce the visible scar and give you a smooth looking skin.

There are many other benefits of thyme.

  • Keeps insects like mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas, lice, and flies away from you
  • Stimulant to maintain a good metabolism
  • Kills intestinal worms like roundworm, tapeworm, maggots, and hookworms
  • Memory booster
  • Anti-depressant
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Bad breath and body odor
  • Insect bite, animal bite, and bee stings

And many more… Let us know if thyme has any other additional properties that have helped you.

Word of caution – It might cause allergy to few. Hence I advise you to start using thyme in less quantity. It might also cause hypersensitivity, so it is best not to use it during pregnancy. People with high blood pressure should consult your physician before using thyme.

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Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.