A herb from the mint family, thyme has always been a staple food in the Arab world. Recently, it has become increasingly popular around the world as much for its medicinal benefits as for its flavor. With its unique taste, thyme treats your body AND your taste buds.
Here are some of the amazing health benefits of thyme:
Supports your immunity:
Thyme is rich in vital vitamins for the body, especially vitamin A and vitamin C, making it the perfect antidote for the cold and flu season. Thyme is also a good source of manganese, copper, and iron, which are essential for immune health.
Boosts your mood:
Thyme essential oil has been used throughout history for its soothing and calming properties. Try diluting a few drops in some almond or jojoba oil and enjoy a mood-enhancing massage. Or why not burn some thyme incense, or add a few drops to an oil diffuser?
Researchers from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK found that thyme’s antibacterial and antioxidant properties could play a role in fighting the bacteria that causes acne. Could this essential oil be a new solution in facial skincare?
Lowers blood pressure:
Replace your table salt with thyme! A study published in 2014 indicates that thyme can regulate the heart rate and blood pressure.
Soothes a cough:
Oil extracted from thyme leaves can work as a natural remedy for fevers, coughs, and phlegm. Researchers from the Practice for Internal Medicine and Pneumology in Germany found that thyme oil eased the symptoms of adults suffering from acute bronchitis. So next time you’ve got a cough, why not try a cup of thyme tea?
Reduces hair loss:
Thyme oil can be used with a range of other essential oils like lavender and rosemary to create a natural (and great-smelling) treatment for hair loss. Make your own stimulating hair mask with olive oil and a few drops of thyme.
A popular ingredient in potpourri, organic skin care and natural deodorants, thyme’s uplifting scent is perfect for brightening up any day.
Thyme has no known side effects when used in moderation, and is, therefore a safe choice for many. Being a 100% natural ingredient and with all its wonderful properties, it’s a perfect addition to your healthcare routine. So whether you eat it for dinner with bread and olive oil, or sprinkle some on your pasta dish, or make a mask for your hair or face, it’s about thyme you add some to your life!