The benefits of herbs for the body are numerous, and because of that they are very present in the diet of many people. The culinary world uses them widely due to the remarkable flavor they add to the various dishes.
Thyme is one of the herbs that are widely used and all thanks to its rich content of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is extremely beneficial for health, especially when consumed as tea. Its intake can help you in preventing a large number of ailments. Namely, in the past it was used for the treatments of many diseases as people were very much aware of its medicinal properties. This potency lies in the content of an active ingredient known as thymol. This substance reveals powerful antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic features.
Preparation of Thyme Tea
It is very simple, just add 2 teaspoons of dried thyme into two cups of boiled water and leave it to steep for 5 minutes. Strain the solution, and according to your taste you can add honey or lemon.
Amazing Health Benefits of Thyme Infusion
- Reduces blood pressure
As per a conducted rat study on the hypotensive and antihypertensive effect of thyme, it was revealed that an aqueous methanolic extract could substantially lower the heart rate in hypertensive rats. Plus, it has the ability to decrease the cholesterol in these subject rats.
- Boosted immunity
The herb itself has in its content vitamin C and when lemon is added, you will have richer antioxidant drink which is great for enhanced immune system.
- Treats cough
Thyme can treat any cough due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory features, as per a performed study by the Munich Practice for Internal Medicine and Pneumology. A combination of thyme leaves and ivy is very beneficial for acute bronchitis and persistent cough.
- Prevents food poisoning
The inclusion of thyme in your diet can help in lowering the risk of food-borne ailments. According to several conducted studies that are released in Food Microbiology, the thyme essential oil has the ability to decontaminate lettuce inoculated with Shigella, a bacterium that causes diarrhea and can cause substantial intestinal damage.
- Betters cognitive abilities
The intake of thyme can contribute to better cognition in healthy people. Thanks to the active ingredient, thymol, the omega-3 levels in the brain get higher which strengthen the organ thus preventing age-related cognitive issues.
- Induces weight loss
Thyme contains carvacrol and because of that it is highly advised the intake of thyme tea when dieting. This substance promotes the dopamine and serotonin production in the body. Plus, as per a conducted study carvacrol directly impacts specific genes and proteins that control fat synthesis in the body.
- Fights dental plaque
The content of thymol can battle against pathogenic bacteria of the mouth. Thanks to this activity, many mouthwashes contain thyme.
- Helps with menstrual cramps
This ability has been proven by a conducted study on 84 female students by researchers at the Babol University of Iran. It has been revealed that thyme oil has the ability to offer relief just as the conventionally used ibuprofen.
High intake of thyme can slow blood clotting, so if you suffer from bleeding disorders and / or you are on blood thinners you should avoid it prior a scheduled surgery (at least for two weeks). In addition to this, it can cause nausea or headaches; therefore you should consume it only one to two cups a day.
Pregnant women and people with a plant allergy of the Lamiaceae family should not use thyme.
In order to be on the safe side you should always first consult a doctor before taking any medicine.