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February 2, 2013
Undoubtedly, thyme is a kind of spice which is not too often used in our kitchens, unless we see how advantageous and interesting becomes the taste of meat and poultry after adding some thyme. I have a few friends who use thyme extensively after visiting the countries of the Mediterranean region like Spain, Italy, or Greece, where thyme is an ingredient of a huge number of daily meals. And all of them say that it is hardly possible to find the kind of thyme they tried there in the UK. Fortunately, they find in opportunity to buy high quality thyme from Italy or Turkey online. Actually, lemon thyme and common thyme plant have thousands years of history of being used as a primary culinary spice and a valuable medicinal herb in the Roman Empire and Ancient Greece, and in modern time’s Mediterranean region both wildly growing and cultivated thyme is highly valued for its amazing health benefits. Below, check out some useful information on benefits of thyme.
The main constituent of lemon thyme and common thyme plant, thymol, is a natural agent with very strong antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. Since the early times thyme has been used as a natural support for skin health, fungus prevention, or as a natural disinfectant for all possible wounds, cuts, burns, insect bites, and other similar skin damage. In addition, thyme plant extracts are very common ingredients of the products like mouthwashes which are produced as a natural protection for dental infection. If you have thyme oil at hand, it can be a great idea to use for infection and fungus prevention. This oil, or some aromatic leaves of fresh thyme plant can help you in reducing the symptoms of common cold like sore throat, coughs, bronchial infection, etc. Add 2-3 drops of high quality thyme oil to a cup of warm water and use this natural remedy as a gargle, or simply drink some lemon thyme tea a few times a day, in order to reduce the symptoms very effectively and benefits from much faster recovery.
Thyme plant is known as a natural source of plenty of essential nutrients. By adding some fresh of dried thyme plant to your daily diet, you enrich your body with such minerals as calcium, potassium, iron, selenium, manganese, and others, which support your overall health and provide you with their specific benefits. Thus, iron plays a role in healthy blood cell production, calcium is important for our teeth and bone health, and potassium is the key nutrient for supporting our cardiovascular health and preventing elevated blood pressure. In addition to various minerals, this plant is rich in a good number of vitamins. In particular, antioxidant properties which are considered among the most valuable health benefits of thyme, are derived from high concentrations of vitamin A in this plant. Vitamin A or carotene is a water-soluble natural vitamin which is very important for supporting our eye health, skin health, and strengthening our muscle tissue.
When talking about health benefits of thyme, it is necessary to mention excellent diuretic effects of this natural remedy. Lemon thyme or common thyme tea can be used to promote urination even in small kids, however, it would be the best solution to check with the professional health care specialist before starting any treatment involving thyme. Finally, thyme and lemon thyme based products like thyme oil or thyme extracts can be recommended an great natural sedatives, relaxants, and calming down agents. It is possible to use these products for inducing sleep, reducing anxiety, nervousness, nervous tension and other common symptoms of stresses. Moreover, as the latest studies have shown, lemon thyme tea or thyme plant extract can assist in reducing menstrual cramps and other PMS symptoms. Please, consider using thyme as an amazing natural remedy for many health conditions as a part of your daily diet! Take care of your health and live a happy life!Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.