Thyme is not just a culinary condiment, but it is a powerful tea that has been used for a very long time now to treat many diseases.
It has been used for centuries for treatment of wounds and prevention of infections. This is because of its excellent antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal and antiviral properties.
It is packed with vitamins and minerals such as potassium, iron and calcium, all of which contribute to blood pressure regulation, proper red blood cell formation and distribution of antioxidants in the body. Thyme also contains a high level of B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, C and folic acid.
Among the other health-beneficial ingredients, thyme contains a variety of important bioflavonoids and volatile oils, including thymol. Thymol is an essential oil that has very powerful antioxidant properties and it is excellent in the treatment and prevention of:
- throat infections
- acute and chronic bronchitis
- sore throats
- inflammation of the mouth
Interestingly, a recent research suggests that thyme essential oil even has the ability to reduce pain. This shouldn’t come as surprise, though, as many traditional medicines have used thyme and other essential oils to alleviate pain.
Study finds Thyme Oil beats out Ibuprofen for pain relief
A team of researchers from Iran`s Babol University of Medical Sciences has verified that not only thyme works as potent pain-reliever, but also alleviates pain of heavy menstruation even better compared to Ibuprofen.
The study involved 84 women university students with difficult menstruation. They were aged 15-24 years and were all suffering from dysmenorrhea. This condition is manifested by painful cramping which may be or not accompanied with symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, or back pain. On the other hand, secondary dysmenorrhea means that the pain stems from another condition.
The researchers also noted that the definition of primary dysmenorrheal which appears within 2 years of the beginning of menarche and is not associated with pain during the other parts of the cycle. This makes sense, as painful menses is more common in younger women within their first years of the beginning of menses.
OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS OF THYME OIL
Antiseptic: It is a great antiseptic that protects sores and wounds from infections. Its antiseptic benefits are attributed to the presence of like Caryophyllene and Camphene.
Tonic: It tones up the heart, digestive system, nervous system, circulatory system, muscles, and the skin.
Hypertensive: This is beneficial for individuals suffering from low blood pressure. These people are at higher risk of feeling sluggish and falling unconscious. Thyme keeps their blood pressure balanced by raising it naturally.
Antirheumatic: Thyme essential oil solves obstructed circulation and accumulation of uric acid in the blood, both of which cause rheumatism, gout, and arthritis. Being a diuretic, it facilitates the elimination of toxic matter. Being a stimulant, it increases circulation and solves this problem in a separate way.