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.
Here’s what Dr. Joseph Mercola suggests:
“Thyme comes in more than 300 varieties and chemotypes, or plants that appear similar but have different chemical compositions. Depending on the chemotype, the oil may have a slightly different chemical structure that can impact its uses. The known chemotypes are, according to Prevent Disease:
Thymus vulgaris thymol – This chemotype has strong antiseptic activities and is 60 to 70 percent thymol. It goes by the name of “thyme” and “red thyme” and is harvested during the fall.
Thymus vulgaris linalool – This is the most gentle of all thyme chemotypes. Referred to as “garden thyme,” this variation has potent antiparasitic and antifungal properties and is grown in high altitudes.
Thymus vulgaris carvacrol – As its name suggests, this type contains the chemical constituent carvacrol. Its amount will depend on when it is harvested. When collected in the spring, it will contain 30 percent carvacrol and 60 to 80 percent when harvested right after flowering or during the fall. T. vulgaris carvacrol is known for its antiseptic properties.
Thymus vulgaris thujanol – Found only in the wild, this plant contains 50 percent thujanol and is known for its beneficial effects on the immune system and hormones. It is often called “sweet thyme.”
Thymus vulgaris alpha-terpineol – This type is harvested during the early spring and has a pepper-like smell.
Thymus vulgaris geraniol – The geraniol chemotype has a lemon-like fragrance and is grown in high altitudes. It is often picked during autumn.
Thymus vulgaris 1,8 cineole – This contains 80 to 90 percent cineole and has diuretic, anticatarrhal, expectorant, and analgesic properties.
Thymus vulgaris p-cymene – This should be obtained within spring or else it becomes a different chemotype.
Thymus vulgaris phenol – These are thyme plants that grow in high altitudes and contain up to 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 has more details on how to grow thyme at home and get the most of its benefits:
“ Thyme is easy to grow, and using high-quality leaves harvested from your own backyard will ensure that you get the best taste while avoiding potential toxins that come from commercially made tea.
Start by planting thyme in an area with plenty of sun exposure and well-draining, dry and gritty soil.11 If you plant a root, the resulting harvest can multiply very quickly so make sure it doesn’t overgrow other plants in your garden. Seeds are also a viable way of planting thyme. If you live in northern planting zones that are particularly harsh on plants, cover your thyme plants with evergreen boughs to help them return in the spring.12
Harvesting thyme is simple, especially when you follow these instructions:
-When the plants begin to bloom, simply cut the top half off the branches and hang them in a dark, dry place. You may also place them on baking sheets and into the oven or a food dehydrator to speed up the process.
-Once the flowers become dry, strip the leaves off and store them in a dark corner until they’re ready to be used.”