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- Jan 08 2018
Health Benefits of Thyme
It is of the genus thymus and the most common type is Thymus vulgaris and it is native to the Mediterranean. It is an herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses. The flowers, leaves, and oil of thyme have been used to treat bedwetting, diarrhoea, stomach ache, arthritis, colic, sore throat, cough, including whooping cough, bronchitis, flatulence, and as a diuretic, to increase urination.
Thyme is used for embalming in Ancient Egypt. The Ancient Greeks used it as an incense in temples, and they added it to bathwater. Romans used it as a flavouring for cheese and alcoholic beverages.
Hippocrates, who is known today as “the father of Western medicine” recommended thyme for respiratory diseases and conditions.
Fresh leaves of thyme can be used in teas and in cooking. They are sometimes placed between layers of linen, like lavender, to protect the fabric from insects.
It is used in soaps for scenting and as an ingredient in deodorant. It has been used as an antiseptic, and as an insect repellent. Thymol has been used in meat preservation.
Benefits of Thyme
- Thymol is one of a naturally-occurring class of compounds known as biocides, substances that can destroy harmful organisms. Thymol can reduce bacterial resistance to common drugs such as penicillin.
- The tiger mosquito has spread around the world, carrying West Nile virus, Yellow fever virus, St. Louis encephalitis, dengue fever, and chikungunya fever. It is reported that a combination of thymol, alpha-terpinene, and carvacrol was effective in killing off tiger mosquito larvae.
- The aqueous extract obtained from wild thyme reduce blood pressure in the test on rats.
- Thyme oil, even at low concentrations, showed potential as a natural preservative of food products against several common foodborne bacteria that cause human illness.
- Mastic thyme may protect from colon cancers.
- Thyme oil significantly enhanced intracellular killing of C. albicans, which cause thrush in the human body.
- Thyme is effective at treating acne.
- It is also used as the natural cough remedy.
- The high concentration of iron in thyme make it ideal for stimulating the production of red blood cells.
- The concentration of carotenoids and vitamin A found in thyme make it an effective antioxidant agent for an eye.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies thyme essential oils as "generally recognized as safe for their intended use."
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