Thyme is an incredibly nutritious and beneficial herb. It is filled with minerals and vitamins that can significantly boost your health. This perennial shrub is a popular culinary herb and can be used in a variety of recipes. It has square, green stems and reaches about 15-30 centimeters in length and has small, white fragrant flowers that bloom in the summer. Varieties of thyme include lemon thyme, caraway thyme, and wild thyme. Below is a list of the several health benefits of thyme:
- Mouth and Throat Infections – Thyme is comprised of thymol, which has strong antiseptic, antibacterial, and antioxidant agents. The oil found in thyme is used in mouthwashes that treat mouth inflammations and throat infections. In addition, as stated by vegetarian-nutrition.info, the oil contains bronchial and antispasmodic properties that helps treat bronchitis. For the treatment of coughs, try a cup of thyme tea.
- Vitamins and Minerals
- According to nutrition-and-you.com, Thyme is a rich source of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium.
- Nutirition-and-you.com explains that thyme is packed with B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, and folic acid.
- Thyme contains .35 mg of vitamin B-6, which provides you with about 27% of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin B-6 is also known to calm stress.
- Vitamin C assists the body in fighting infectious agents.
- Pain and Stress Relief – The essential oil found in thyme is great for aromatherapy purposes. It alleviates muscle pain and acts as a natural mood booster. The aroma that is released from this herb provides a calming effect and reduces stress.
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