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12 Health Benefits of Thyme - Part 1

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Thyme is an herb from the Мint family (Mentha), which is probably also present in your kitchen as a spice. In fact, thyme is one of the most popular herbs in bulgaria and is distinguished by a wonderful aroma that is difficult to mistake.

What is Тhyme (Thymus)

Thymus [   ref. 1] is an herb whose small leaves grow in groups of thin stems. It is used to season any dishes, alone or as part of a mixture or bouquet of spices such as rosemary, sage and majorana. Suitable for any diet and very rarely considered an allergen, thyme can be consumed by anyone who wants to cook with fresh herbs and enjoy a fragrant dish. Thymus Vulgaris  [ref. 2]  and lemon (citrus) thyme  [ref. 3] are the varieties most commonly used in culinary.

Health benefits provided by thyme

Thanks to its distinctive taste, thyme remains a major spice in the culinary to this day. But thyme can also boast a host of useful healing properties, which we will consider in the next row.

Thyme for acne

If you are tired of buying and trying medicines, creams, lotions and other acne products, thyme can help you. It is known for its antibacterial properties and can be used as an ingredient to combat acne.

When thyme is soaked in alcohol for days or weeks, it turns into a solution known as tincture. A small study has found that thyme essential oil has antibacterial activity against P. acnes, the bacteria believed to cause acne.  [Ref. 4] 

Thyme for high blood pressure

Thymus linearis Benth. is a type of thyme found in Pakistan and Afghanistan. A 2014 study found that the extract was able to significantly reduce heart rate in rats with high blood pressure. He also managed to lower their cholesterol levels.  [ref. 5]  However, it is necessary to do human studies to confirm these effects.

Thyme for fighting cough

Thyme essential oil, which is obtained from its leaves, is often used as a natural remedy for coughing. In an earlier study from 2006, a combination of thyme leaves and ivy helped relieve coughing and other symptoms of acute bronchitis[ref. 6] 

A more recent animal study from 2018 found a combination of thyme and primrose extracts to reduce inflammation and the formation of micus.  [Ref. 7] 

Thyme for strong immunity

Thyme is full of beneficial nutrients, so it can contribute to some extent to ensuring the optimal daily amounts of:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Copper
  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  1. What is Тhyme (Thymus)

    • Health benefits provided by thyme
      • Thyme for acne
      • Thyme for high blood pressure
      • Thyme for fighting cough
      • Thyme for strong immunity


    Thyme is rich in plant phenols such as thymol and carvacol, which have a powerful antispasmodic effect. In addition, it contributes to counteracting acne, cough and high blood pressure. It suits dishes with potatoes, meat and can be combined with spices such as oregano, rosemary and others. Expect the sequel with the other impressive benefits of this aromatic spice.


    1. Thymus
    2. Thymus vulgaris
    3. Thymus citriodorus
    4. Activities of Ten Essential Oils towards Propionibacterium acnes and PC-3, A-549 and MCF-7 Cancer Cells
    5. Pharmacological evaluation of antihypertensive effect of aerial parts of Thymus linearis benth - PubMed
    6. Thieme E-Journals - Arzneimittelforschung / Abstract
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    The author

    Bettina Tsvetkova is a Bachelor of Marketing and Master of Entrepreneurship, a fan of healthy eating, power sports and cycling. Author of over 1500 scientifically based articles, product texts and promotional materials on a healthy topic for Bulgarian and foreign websites. 


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