Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is an aromatic plant that grows well in hot, sunny locations. In fact, from among the various medicinal herbs, fresh thyme is the most potent herb with numerous health benefits.
There is also a lot of nutritional content in thyme leaves. Thyme contains high levels of vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. Researchers have found that thyme contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, and phosphorus.
Thyme is best known as a great addition to your evening meal. It’s a gentle flavor that blends beautifully with just about anything. However, thyme goes great with vegetables and seafood. It adds an earthy taste, but with a hint of lemon and mint that provides a bit of sweetness.
Thyme can benefit the flavor of any meal but, it can also benefit you medicinally. It is also known for being a natural medicine that can benefit us in many ways.
Thyme has antibacterial properties and helps as an acne-fighting ingredient. A study done with a thyme tincture mixed with alcohol, proved to fight pimples better than anti-acne products. A facial steam with thyme can also benefit as an acne treatment.
Thyme has also proven to lower blood pressure. The journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition reported that the anti-oxidative properties of thyme help lower blood pressure. Another study found that consuming thyme extracts helped to reduce blood pressure and lower heart rate. We recommend thyme tea, 2-3 cups a day to help control your blood pressure. However, adding thyme to meals instead of salt will also benefit. As salt is a leading contributor to high blood pressure.
Thyme can also be used as a natural cough remedy. In one study, thyme combined with ivy leaves helped to alleviate coughing and other symptoms of acute bronchitis. An essential oil to tea would be best to treat this. A steam can also help.
Thyme is known to be packed with vitamin C and A, so it can be used as a preventative if you feel a cold coming on. It strengthens your immune system to fight off any germs spreading around.
Thyme can benefit us in so many more ways! A few more benefits that we can gain from using thyme in our diet would be helping boost our mood and mental performance, it also is great for eye health and circulation. It supports strong bones and can even help prevent hearing loss.
So go on, grow it in your garden! Have fresh, organic thyme easily on hand for you to add to your dishes, have a cup of tea, a relaxing facial steam and more. It’s an easy addition to any diet and you can start today.