Thymus vulgaris, commonly referred to as thyme, a perennial, Mediterranean herb has ornamental, dietary and medicinal uses. These beneficial properties are usually found in the flowers and leaves of the plant.
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Thymol, the naturally-occurring essential oil in thyme, is categorized as a biocide. Biocides are compounds with the ability to destroy harmful microorganisms including bacteria. According to a study in 2010, thymol is capable of lowering or eliminating bacterial resistance to first-line antibiotics such as penicillin.
Thyme’s medicinal qualities have been exploited and harnessed throughout the ages to treat various ailments including seizures, melancholia, respiratory problems, menstrual cramps, and fungal infections. In modern times, thyme is prescribed for diarrhea, whooping cough, low appetite, and intestinal issues.
Top health benefits of thyme include:
Thyme has phenolic antioxidants which include thymonin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These are responsible for the neutralization and elimination of free radicals from the body.
A combination of minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins in thyme has positive effects on the heart, however, it is manganese and potassium that are specifically important for heart health. Potassium reduces the strain on the cardio system by relaxing blood vessels, thus lowering blood pressure while manganese is one of the most important antioxidants which protects your heart against the effects of free radicals.
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A study, using laboratory rats, supplemented the rodents’ diet with thymol. The researchers found that the rodents showed high activity and antioxidant levels throughout their lifespans. The study concluded that thyme oil is ideal for preventing cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes.
Yeast infections are common conditions that occur in the vagina and mouth. The condition usually referred to as thrush is caused by a fungus known as candida albicans. Researchers have established that thymol shows great potential in destroying the fungus and eliminating it from the human body.
Good for you eyesight
Thyme contains sufficient levels of vitamin A and carotenoids. These are highly effective in taking care of your eye health as carotenoids neutralize free radicals that increase the possibility of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.
Good for your mental health
Thyme’s fragrant oil is often used for therapeutic and aromatic purposes due to an active compound in the oil known as carvacol. In a study conducted in 2013, the compound was shown to have a positive effect on neurons in a way that boosts the well-being feelings of a person using the oil.
Thyme is an all-round herb that looks good in your garden, tastes great on your plate and helps to keep you healthy. A truly miraculous plant that you should have in your backyard.