Thyme is an evergreen shrub used for medical and culinary application for thousands of years. Thymus Vulgaris is commonly found in the Mediterranean region and certain parts of Africa. The most common ingredient found on thyme is thymol. Thymol has the ability to prevent fungal and viral infection, reducing strain on the immune system.
Thyme contains the highest antioxidant concentration in any herb. Antioxidants help promote good health and the prevention of disease. Antioxidants challenge free radicals in the body, free radicals left unchallenged can cause illness and disease to the body. Phenolic antioxidant found in thyme includes lutein, zeaxanthin, and thymonin help fight free radicals. These help prevent oxidative stress to your organs system.
A high concentration of iron and other minerals helps to stimulate red blood cell production. The rich blend of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins have many effects on the heart. The mineral potassium is a vasodilation meaning it reduces stress on the cardiovascular system, relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure. Carotenoids and vitamin A are an affective antioxidant for vision health.
Thyme is a powerful healing herb. The Tiger mosquito carried the west Nile virus, dengue fever, and chikungunya fever. The combination of thymol, alpha-terpinene, helped to kill the mosquito larva.
- cures breast and colon cancer
- reduces blood pressure
- Cures yeast infections around the mouth and vaginal area(fungus candida albicans are the common cause for yeast around the mouth or vaginal areal, thyme oil kills candida albican or thrush in the body.)
Forms of Thyme
- thyme leaves used in teas and cooking
- oil of time which is 20-60% thymol
- scented soaps
- ingredients in deodorant
- antiseptics and insect repellant
Thyme oil isn’t too consumed but diluted with carrier oil like olive oil.
Thyme oil Side affects(due to potency)
- Upset stomach
- allergic reaction
- skin inflammation
- potential issues with pregnancy
- 1 tbsp. of dried thyme leaves
- 2 cup of water(filtered)
- 1 tbsp. of honey
- 1 lemon slice
- Boil water, heat down to simmer
- add dried thyme leaves and cover pot
- steep for 5 minutes
- cool 1-2 minutes
- strain tea and lemon with honey.
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