Thyme is an herb with grayish green leaves and a concentrated aroma and flavour. Its habitat extends from the Mediterranean basin to drier climates, all the way to western Asia and southern Europe, according to a report in web med.
Although there are more than 60 species of thyme, “common thyme” (Thymus vulgaris), or “garden thyme”, is the most common type of thyme used in cooking.
Thyme adds a strong flavor to food, and has health benefits when eaten fresh or dry, or when steeped and drunk as tea.
Before entering into the details, we confirm that this information here is general and for guidance only, so you should not use thyme or its products in your treatment regimen for any disease, but consult a doctor first, as thyme may not be suitable for certain groups, such as pregnant women.
Thyme can be added to your food, drunk as a tea, gargled with thyme oil, applied to your skin as an essential oil, or even inhaled.
Despite much talk about the health benefits of thyme, scientific research is absent in many areas, or depends only on animal research, according to the website. web med.
However, the data suggests that thyme has some potential health benefits, such as:
Nutritionist Michelle Akl said that thyme contains copper, iron, manganese and B vitamins, and it also contains phenols, which are antiseptic and antibacterial substances.
And Michel added – in an interview with Al Jazeera this morning – that thyme helps to get rid of phlegm and relieve symptoms of lung infections, and thyme oil – according to studies – may have benefits in treating acne.
Thyme oil is frequently used in mouthwashes to help eliminate bad breath, prevent gingivitis, and help treat oral pathogens.
Fresh or dried thyme can be used as a substitute for salt when cooking, to help reduce salt intake or control high blood pressure.
Thyme’s anti-inflammatory properties may help relieve pain. Studies have found that thyme supplements relieve menstrual cramps, similar to ibuprofen.
Some people with rheumatoid arthritis use thyme – either as a tea or topically – to relieve symptoms, and there is some evidence that thyme’s anti-inflammatory properties may help, but more research is needed before this can be confirmed.
Thyme is used as a home remedy for coughs, respiratory diseases and bronchitis, and research has shown some support for its use, although more studies are needed before its efficacy can be proven.
A small 2013 study found that using a thymol nasal spray helped reduce the severity and number of coughs among participants.
Helps treat eczema and acne
Thyme’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties may also help treat skin conditions, and its properties may help get rid of bacterial infections. As a result, thyme can help treat irritation and inflammation in conditions such as eczema and acne.
Scientists believe that thyme boosts the immune system and acts as an antioxidant. According to studies, scientists confirm that the effectiveness of thyme increases its resistance to bacteria as an antibiotic when converted into oil To report in Anatolia.
What does thyme contain?
Thyme contains thymol and small amounts of other nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and magnesium.
One teaspoon of fresh thyme contains:
- Calories: 0.8 calories.
- Protein: 0 g.
- Fat: 0 gr.
- Carbohydrates: 0.2 g.
- Fiber: 0.1 g.
What are the benefits of thyme tea?
Thyme also contains a variety of minerals and vitamins that promote good health. It is rich in vitamin C to support immunity, potassium for healthy cells, and manganese for bone growth and blood clotting.
Eating thyme and drinking its tea can provide health benefits, such as:
- reduce inflammation.
- Respiratory support.
- Digestive health.
Thyme is usually two tablespoons fresh, or one teaspoon dried, and is considered safe when used in normal amounts in cooking.
However, if you plan to take it as an essential oil, you should keep in mind that it has a higher concentration in this form, and may cause side effects.
Thyme is generally safe, however, overusing it, especially if you take it as an essential oil, can lead to low blood pressure.
And if you’re taking high blood pressure medications or anticoagulants, check with your doctor before using thyme essential oil or supplements.
And if you are allergic to plants of the mint family, consult your doctor before using thyme, as those who are allergic – or allergic to thyme – may suffer from nausea, diarrhea or vomiting due to eating it, and it may cause a rash when touching them.
Thyme is not for everyone
Despite the advantages of thyme, pregnant and lactating women, heart patients, and younger children under three years of age, They recommend avoiding this plant.
The nutritionist said that studies have not yet confirmed the healthy amount that can be used of thyme oil, and that this oil, if used directly on the skin, may lead to allergies, so it must be diluted with water before using it.
Michelle mentioned that thyme helps in uterine contractions, so it is feared that eating it will have a negative effect on pregnant women, so it is recommended to stay away from it.