Thyme is an herb from the mint family that you probably recognize from your spice set, but it’s so much more than a cooking ingredient.
Thyme is used for swelling (inflammation) of the main airways in the lung (bronchitis), cough, patchy hair loss (alopecia areata), stomach problems.
Thanks to its distinctive taste, thyme has remained a culinary staple to this day. But thyme also boasts a slew of helpful medicinal qualities.
Thyme’s benefits include:
1. Improves Heart Health
Studies are aplenty to back this up. The extract of thyme was found to reduce heart rate significantly in rats with high blood pressure .And we can expect similar results in humans as well. Thyme was also found to lower cholesterol levels.
2. Aids In The Treatment of Dyspraxia
Also called Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), dyspraxia is a neurological disorder that affects movement. Thyme has been found to improve the symptoms of this disease, especially in children.
3.Improves Digestive Health
Thyme is known to prevent the increase of harmful gases in the stomach, thereby boost digestive health. This effect can be attributed to the volatile oils in thyme that offer carminative (reducing gas) properties. Thyme also works as an antispasmodic and helps relieve intestinal cramps.
4.Improves Vision Health
Thyme is rich in vitamin A, one nutrient particularly beneficial for vision health. The deficiency of vitamin A can lead to night blindness. Thyme might also help prevent other issues related to vision – including macular degeneration.
5. Boosts Immunity
Thyme is packed with vitamin C, and that explains everything. It also is a good source of vitamin A – both these nutrients help boost immunity and stop that oncoming cold right in its tracks.
Thyme also supports the formation of white blood cells, thereby boosting the immune system(And its anti-inflammatory effects also help boost immunity. Given its mild scent and flavor, it can be used in a steam tent for help with cold and congestion.
Thyme can also accelerate wound healing. Its local application can help achieve this
6. Could Be Good For Hair
Thyme, when combined with other herbs, may promote hair growth. You can simply apply lavender oil mixed with thyme on your hair.
7. AIDS Respiratory Support
Thyme is great for respiratory health as well, with some clinical studies showing its use in soothing coughs and relieving chest congestion. While fresh thyme is the most helpful for this, the essential thyme oils available in thyme tea may have some of these benefits, too.