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