Thyme is one of the most beneficial and versatile natural herbs, which belongs to the mint family. It is a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiseptic, and effectively detoxifies the body and boosts the immune system.
Therefore, it can be used in multiple different ways to improve health and treat health issues, without causing any side-effects.
Here are the health benefits of thyme:
- Fights respiratory infections, treats bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis, a sore throat, and infections in the nasal area, and soothes coughs
- Regulates blood pressure
- Boosts blood circulation
- Treats Candida, vaginitis, nail fungus, and destroys parasites
- It cures bladder and urinary tract system infections
- Helps with pain in the muscles, and treats gout, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica pain
- Treats acne and warts
- Fights depression
- Boosts memory and improves focus
- Fights common colds and the flu
- Treats chronic fatigue
However, note that the high thymol levels in thyme might lead to hyperthyroidism or intoxication as a side effect from worsening and digestive tract irritation, while thyme oil should not be given to pregnant women, or in the case of heart conditions and ulcers.
You can use the fresh thyme leaves in cooking and in teas, while the essential thyme oil, unlike them, cannot be ingested. It contains between 20 percent and 60 percent thymol, is extracted for various uses. Yet, it should not be applied directly on the skin, but it should be diluted in some carrier oil.
It is extracted for a range of uses, for example, in deodorants, as an insect repellent, and for scenting soaps. Moreover, thymol can be used in meat preservation, and it is often added to the oil used to preserve olives in the Mediterranean.