November 30, 2020
There is a reason why creeping thyme is among the most popular herbs in Bulgaria, whose health fame has been carried since the time of Ancient Greece.
Wild Thyme (Latin Thymus vulgaris) is a perennial plant with small cylindrical purple flowers, which today is widely used as a spice, and the fruits, flowers and leaves are used as a natural remedy for various diseases in the body.
There is an increasing talk about how free radicals contribute to aging and cause cell damage, which can cause various pathological processes. Thyme contains several types of antioxidants - flavonoids, terpinene, beta carotene, which cleanse the body of free radicals and help protect us from the damage they can cause.
This herb also contains thymol - a specific antimicrobial agent that acts boldly in the fight against various types of pathogenic microorganisms - viruses, fungi, parasites, bacteria. In many respects, more research is needed, but preliminary results suggest that thyme may be particularly helpful in dealing with persistent Candida fungi, the microorganisms responsible for most fungal infections.
Thyme helps with colic, headaches (including migraines), nervous tension, rheumatic pains. The herb has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic action. It is used for all types of cough (as an expectorant, bronchodilator and disinfectant for acute catarrh of the upper respiratory tract, chronic bronchitis, whooping cough, bronchial asthma, dry and elastic cough, pulmonary inflammation). Thyme is used to gargle for sore throats, inflammation of the oral cavity and toothache.
Due to its antimicrobial ingredients, thyme is regularly added to mouthwash and toothpaste - to limit the deposition of dental plaque and increase good oral hygiene.
It is also used as an ingredient in drops and herbal cough medicines - to help fight the virus responsible for flu and colds.
Thyme is a reliable component for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, croup and angina, as it successfully removes secretions from inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.
Thyme tea has long been used to treat diarrhoea and gas, to relieve rheumatic diseases and for parasites such as hookworm (a parasite that lives in the duodenum and the small intestine). It is also applied topically to treat acne, wounds and skin infections.
According to some herbalists, thyme can treat headaches and fever, lower cholesterol and relieve symptoms of liver disease.
Thyme tea relieves pain during the menstrual cycle - drink 2-3 cups of decoction a day.
Bath with thyme is recommended for difficult to heal wounds, as well as if you have problematic skin (acne).
For dandruff, you can cover your hair with thyme infusion after washing it with shampoo.
In convulsive cough - the essential oils contained in thyme soothe cough cramps and help expectoration.
For colds and flu - drink thyme syrup.
Thyme is available in various forms: oil, dried herb, powder, liquid extract, dry extract. When applied locally, it can cause contact dermatitis or skin irritation, and taken internally can lead to allergic reactions - especially in people with intolerance to oregano.
No other side effects have been reported with the use of thyme, but it is best to consult your doctor or pharmacist before deciding to take it as a dietary supplement.
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