Thyme contains many active principles that are found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Its leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese,magnesium and selenium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Thyme cures styes and aids pink eye. It cleans scrapes and cuts immediately with its antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Thyme treats women with menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms also. Thyme is a common remedy for stomach ailments,lung congestion, coughing ailments and overall flu conditions. It is even used to remove nightmares from children. Thyme is used for sprains, rheumatism,muscular atrophy, stroke, multiple sclerosis and paralysis. Thyme is a good overall herb to keep in the kitchen.
A cup of thyme tea has a lot more to offer than its pleasant taste; thymol, one of the volatile oils in thyme, is a potent antioxidant. Thyme tea is often recommended by herbal healers to promote good digestion and relieve gas and bloating.
When you think of a food rich in iron, thyme is probably not the first thing to come to mind. 2 cup of Thyme tea delivers 3.56 mg, or 19.8 percent of the recommended daily value of iron. Thyme tea is also an excellent source of vitamin K, vital to normal blood clotting,with 2 tsp supplying 48.01 mcg, or 60 percent of the DV. Thyme tea is also a very good source of manganese, supplying 12 percent of the DV, and calcium,providing 5.4 of the DV in 2 tsp.