It seems like staying healthy has become a difficult task, given that fact that we live in a busy world and are constantly stressed out, pressed for time, and surrounded by unhealthy choices. Plus, most people live in unhealthy environments, without having a clue!
As reported by the U.S Center for Health Statistics, 6.9% of people have used at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days. However, people have started turning back to natural remedies, as a rebellion against the Big Pharma.
Thyme has been long known as a cure-all that contains potent medicinal constituents, such as being the phenols Thymol and Carvacrol. Here is an easy ways to reap its benefits without any detrimental chemicals:
A Simple but Potent Natural Remedy
- Several sprigs (a good handful) of dried thyme.
- One and a half cup of filtered water.
- Teaspoon of organic honey.
- Wash the thyme thoroughly to remove any garden debris.
- Boil the filtered water and add the thyme once it reaches a boiling point.
- Turn off the heat and steep the thyme for additional 10-15 minutes.
- Strain into a cup and add honey, if needed.
Here are some of the known and emerging benefits of this amazing herb.
Researchers at the University of Teramo in Italy explored thyme extract and discovered that it exhibits strong antioxidant capacity owing to the high content of the phenol Thymol. Scientists at Leibniz Universität Hannover in Germany.Similar have reported similar findings.
Inflammatory & Autoimmune Diseases – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, Multiple Sclerosis
A team of researchers from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid studied the effects that thyme extracts have on inflammatory disease process at cellular level. They discovered that thyme extract reduced the release of “proinflammatory” agents (cytokines) while increasing the secretion of anti-inflammatory macrophages. As concluded by the researchers, “These results may suggest that essential oils from thyme extracts could be used as novel options for treatment of chronic diseases based on inflammatory processes.”
Treatment of Coughs and Bronchitis
Thyme has been approved as a treatment for bronchitis, whooping cough, and cold-related coughs. It is also approved as well-established in traditional herbal medicine for use as an expectorant.
Thymol, the active constituent in thyme, was used as antiseptic during World War I. Recently, various studies from scientists at the Medical University of Lodz have shown that thyme extract has potent antimicrobial activity against Enterococcus, Escherichia, Pseudomonas genera and Staphylococcus.
Vertigo- Meniere’s Disease
There is a folk remedy using fenugreek and thyme for the dizziness associated with Meniere’s Disease.
Carvacrol is a great natural remedy for sore throat! Its effectiveness has been tested against against Group A streptococci isolated from children with tonsillitis.
Thyme has been said to be beneficial for Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, so it is recommended for regular use for those with with Graves ’ disease and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.