Thyme reminds me of childhood. It was my favorite tea, and I didn’t even know it’s so powerful. Thyme is one of the tastiest tea varieties, but that doesn’t mean that it’s weak. Moreover, thyme is super strong and healthy. Latest research has confirmed its great potential. Have a cup of thyme tea and enjoy its benefits.
Thyme is an aromatic herb that grows well in sunny areas. It is incredibly healing, and people have been using since ancient times. Thyme (lat. Thymus vulgaris) offers hundreds of medicinal properties, and it is one of the strongest herbs you will ever use.
Thyme contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Its aromatic leaves are packed with vitamins A, C, E and K, and minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Vitamin C in thyme strengthens immunity, and its other nutrients treat infections, soothe respiratory issues, treat upset stomach, etc.
Thyme essential oil has an incredible healing power. It is an excellent antimicrobial and antibacterial agent. Thymol is a potent antioxidant found in this oil. This oil is often used to treat bacterial infections as it destroys E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Dr. Mercola says thyme comes in over 300 varieties and chemotypes or plants that look similar but provide different chemical system. The benefits of the oil depend on the chemotype.
Prevent Disease has all the details about the known chemotypes.
Thymus vulgaris thymol has excellent antiseptic activities and is 60-70 percent thymol. It’s found under the name “thyme” or “red thyme.” It’s harvested in fall.
Thymus vulgaris linalool is the most gentle chemotype. It’s also known as “garden thyme.” This chemotype has strong antiparasitic and antifungal effect, and grows in high altitudes.
Thymus vulgars carvacrol contains carvacrol. The levels of carvacrol depend on the season it’s harvested in. Spring harvests have 30 percent carvacrol. The amount goes up to 60-80 percent after thyme flowers in fall. This chemotype provides antiseptic effect.
Thymus vulgaris thujanol is found in the wild. It contains 50 percent thujanol and has great effect on immunity and hormonal balance. It’s also known as “sweet thyme.”
Thymus vulgaris alpha-terpineol is harvested in early spring and has peppery smell.
Thymus vulgaris geraniol releases a lemony scent and grows in high altitudes. It’s harvested in fall.
Thymus vulgaris 1,8 cineole is 80-90 percent cineole and provides diuretic, anticatarrhal, expectorant and analgesic effect.
Thymus vulgaris p-cymene should be harvested in spring before it turns into a different chemotype.
Thymus vulgaris phenol grows in high altitudes and has 90 percent of phenol compounds.
Thyme tea is an incredibly healthy drink, and you can use to treat numerous health problems. It relieves cough, treats respiratory infections, promotes good night’s sleep, reduces inflammation, aids in cases of food poisoning, and soothes sore throat.
Add a teaspoon of dried thyme to a cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Strain your aromatic tea and sweeten with honey or other natural sweetener of your choice. For optimal results, drink it several times a day.
Thyme tea can be applied topically to treat skin infections. Gargle it to soothe sore throat.
Here are some more benefits:
Thyme has strong antibacterial, antispasmodic and healing effect. It is an excellent remedy for bronchial infections. A recent study has found that thyme and primrose root drinks alleviate bronchitis symptoms, break down mucus and soothe coughs. Have a few cups of thyme tea to treat your codnition and breathe easily.
Yeast and fungal infections
Thymol and carvacrol in thyme provide fungicidal effect. They destroy fungal pathogens that trigger tuberculosis and other pulmonary infections. Thyme essential oil destroys Candida albicans yeast that infects the gastrointestinal tract.
If you are dealing with vaginal yeast infections, dilute 3 drops of thyme oil in a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil. Soak a tampon in the oil, and keep it in for an hour. Do this every day to treat your condition.
Lowers blood pressure
Drink thyme tea to lower high blood pressure. Scientists have found that thyme can lower blood pressure and slow your heart rate. It also lowers bad LDL cholesterol.
Cold and flu
Thyme tea is a natural remedy for respiratory issues. Use it to relieve colds and flu. It is effective against drug-resistant bacteria. Thyme suppresses cough and thanks to its expectorant effect it breaks down mucus and eases its elimination.
Inhale thyme essential oil to fight colds, respiratory issues and flu.
Thyme relieves allergy symptoms and has antispasmodic effect. You can use it to soothe the symptoms of asthma and reduce inflammation in your airways. Thyme helps you breathe easily and stops wheezing.
Inhale thyme essential oil directly or use it through your diffuser. Thyme tea works great, too.
Gargle thyme tea to soothe strep infections. Thyme is effective against Streptococcus strains of bacteria and other oral pathogens that cause infections. Thyme tea treats tonsillitis and soothes sore throat.
Add a few drops of the oil to your diffuser and inhale the vapors to soothe your throat.
Thyme relaxes muscles and keeps you hydrated. Use it to treat colitis and abdominal pain.
Use thyme to reduce stress and fight anxiety. The aromatic herb provides an anxiolytic effect. Add a few drops of the oil on a tissue, and inhale. This method provides instant results.
Thyme destroys Propionibacterium acnes strain of bacteria which causes whiteheads, pimples, pustules and acne cysts.
Soak a cotton ball in thyme tea and place it on your face. Add tea tree oil to your thyme tea to clean your face and prevent breakouts. Add 10-12 drops of thyme essential oil to 10 ounce (30 ml) of carrier oil, and use this on your face to prevent breakouts.
Thyme destroys spores and prevents asthma, lung infections, allergy symptoms and blocked airways. Combine 25 drops of thyme oil and white vinegar or 3% hydrogen peroxide. Use 16-oz spray bottle to mix the ingredients. This is your homemade anti-mold spray. Spray any affected surfaces, let it work for 20 minutes and clean.
Food poisoning causes diarrhea, vomiting, inflammation and cramps. Drink thyme tea to treat these symptoms and destroy any bacteria.
Thyme works great when added to other foods and you can drink the tea every day.
But, thyme is the last thing you want to use if you take blood-clotting medication. Don’t use it two weeks before surgery. Thyme can also cause allergies and may provide estrogen-like effect. Don’t use this herb if you have a high risk of developing hormone-sensitive issues such as ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, breast cancer or endometriosis.
Dr. Mercola shared some nice tips on how to grow and use thyme. It’s easy to grow, and you will have high-quality leaves whenever you need thyme. In this way you won’t get anything that contains toxins.
You should plant thyme in sunny spots. It requires great drain system and dry and gritty soil. If you are using roots, the herb will multiply super quickly. You should be careful as it may overgrow other plants. Seeds are also an option. Northern planting zones are bad for plants, meaning you should cover your thyme with evergreen boughts so they can spring back in spring.
The harvesting part is also simple. Trip the top half of the tiny branches after the blooming. Hang your thyme in a dark and dry place or place it on baking sheets and dry it in your food dehydrator/oven if you don’t want to wait.
Once the herb is dry, remove the leaves and flowers from the stalks and keep them in a dark spot.