Thyme is a member from the mint family of herbs that comes from the Mediterranean region. Its scientific name is Thymus vulgari, and the herb has been used for its potent medicinal benefits for quite a long time. The name of the herb thyme comes from the Greek word thymos, which means “to perfume”. Thyme can fight off inflammation and irritation, and is a commonly used herb for cooking and cleaning. There are many thyme versions, but they don’t all have medicinal benefits. Some, like thymol, carvacrol and thujanol are considered aromatherapy herbs and aren’t suitable to be used for cooking or cleaning.
The best way to benefit from all of thyme’s properties is to use it in the form of oil. Thyme oil is certainly powerful, but it needs to be used in moderation. The oil has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and antibiotic properties which means it can relieve numerous infections and treat conditions such as colds and the flu. Furthermore, thyme oil can boost the production of white blood cells, which means it can strengthen your immune system and clean the body of toxins and chemicals.
Health benefits of thyme
As we already said, thyme offers numerous health benefits. The herb can treat colds, the flu, respiratory infections, coughs, bronchitis, laryngitis and cataract, and will also relieve nose, chest and lung problems. It can also treat gingivitis, oral thrush and mouth and gum infections, which is why it’s often used in toothpastes or mouthwashes.
According to experts, a 1% solution of thyme oil is just enough to treat the aforementioned health problems. One study showed that thyme oil acts as an expectorant and thins out the mucus in your lungs, effectively dealing with dry coughs. Other studies have shown that thyme is beneficial for the mind as well – it can treat mental fatigue, depression and insomnia by helping you relax. Furthermore, the oil can boost the circulation in your body, effectively dealing with blood pressure and improving the functioning of your brain. Due to the powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties, thyme oil is used by surgeons before surgery. A French study revealed that thyme oil can kill 90% microbes in 3 hours and will defeat even the most dangerous bacteria such as streptococcus, proteus, Cryptococcus and staphylococcus.
Here are some of the other health benefits of thyme:
- Treats candidiasis and vaginitis;
- Treats nail fungal infections;
- Treats urinary tract and bladder infections;
- Can be used as a hair tonic;
- Relieves insect bites and stings;
- Regulates your blood sugar levels;
- Eliminates any kind of parasite;
- Treats infections such as Athlete’s foot;
- Accelerates the healing of minor wounds;
- Eliminates acne and warts;
- Treats inflammatory conditions such as rheumatism or arthritis;
- Raises the amount of omega-3 fatty acids in the brain, heart and kidney cell membranes;
- When mixed with cedarwood, rosemary, lavender, grapeseed and jojoba oil and rubbed on the scalp, thyme oil can help you treat alopecia areata;
- To treat any kind of irritation, mix some thyme oil with lemon, rosemary, pine, lavender, grapefruit and bergamot oil and apply it on the affected area.