The health benefits of thyme include relief from respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, improved mental acuity and protection from cancer-causing toxins. These benefits are the result of thyme’s rich antioxidant content.
Thyme contains a variety of important bioflavonoids and volatile oils, including thymol. Thymol is an essential oil that has very powerful antioxidant properties. Because of its unique blend of antioxidants, thyme is considered one of the top antioxidant foods around.
Thyme is also a powerful antiseptic and antibacterial agent. Many herbal medicinal preparations contain thyme or one of its essential oils.
Thyme is a very good source of calcium, iron, manganese, chromium, vitamin K and fiber.
Herbs and Spices are Some of the
Top Antioxidant Foods
It’s a little-known fact that herbs (and spices) such as thyme have far greater concentrations of antioxidants than any common fruit or vegetable. Herbs also contain a particularly wide variety of antioxidants as well, making them one of the top antioxidant foods around.
Antioxidants are nutrient compounds found in virtually all plant foods (and also manufactured in your body). The primary job of antioxidants is to protect your cells against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, considered to be the primary cause of the aging process.
Protecting yourself against free radicals with antioxidants is the most effective way to reduce the risk of many health problems associated with aging. The benefits of antioxidants include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, and many more.
Antioxidants work together, synergistically, and each one has its own specific characteristics and benefits. One antioxidant may work in places in the body where another one can’t go, and neutralize free radicals that other antioxidants miss. Therefore, getting the widest variety of antioxidants is just as important as how much of any one antioxidant you get. See my page on How Do Antioxidants Work? to learn more about this.
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Health Benefits of Thyme
Thyme has cancer preventive properties; containing terpenoids like rosmarinic and ursolic acids. (Regular consumption of thyme has been shown to increase the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) in brain, kidney, and heart cell membranes).
Thyme’s essential oils have expectorant and bronchial antispasmodic properties treating…
- acute and chronic bronchitis
- sore throats
- treats inflammation of the mouth
- throat infections
- prevent gingivitis
Thyme alleviate gastrointestinal problems…
- chronic gastritis
- lack of appetite
- irritable bowel
- helps removes parasites in the gastrointestinal tract
- Thyme tea helps to dissolve and remove mucus from the intestinal tract
Helps in treating…
- Alzheimer’s disease
- skin diseases
- muscle cramps
As a tonic, thyme is believed to stimulate the nervous system alleviating…
- nervous disorders
- nervous exhaustion
- Thyme acts as a memory booster and helps you concentrate.
Externally applied, the health benefits of thyme have been used to help treat…
- dental decay
- wounds and bruises
- effective in destroying skin parasites, such as scabies, crabs and lice.
A tea can be made by adding one teaspoon of crushed thyme in half cup of boiling water, letting it steep for 10 mins and then straining. The tea can be drunk 3 to 4 times a day for the treatment of coughs. The tea may be sweetened with honey, which also acts as a demulcent, thereby increasing the tea’s effectiveness.
Thyme is entirely safe to use and has no side effects. However, the essential oil of thyme may be irritating to the skin and mucous membranes, and may cause an allergic reaction. Some varieties produce a stronger reaction than others. Medicinal doses of thyme and especially thyme oil are not recommended during pregnancy as thyme can act as a uterine stimulant.
- fresh parsley
- fresh thyme
- raw pumpkin seeds and/or pecans, sunflowers seed, pine nuts
- olive oil (1st press, cold press, extra virgin)
- roasted garlic – as many or few, to your liking
Have this with your favorite pasta or with gnocchi… Best gnocchi recipe. Ever.
Add fresh thyme, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a lemon peel into olive oil, infuse for two weeks.