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What are the health benefits of Thyme (a common herb)?

Thyme is a very common herb which is famous worldwide for the many beneficial properties it has, used by huge number of people, as a culinary ingredient, as a herb. Thyme has a very sweet and refreshing aroma due to which it was used as a room freshener in ancient times. Historically, many of the ancient beverages and alcoholic drinks contained thyme. Thyme flowers tend to attract honey bees due to their sweet fragrance and nectar. In addition to cuisine, thyme has many medicinal benefits and is used in many medicines all over the world for the same reason.
Respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis can be effectively treated with the help of thyme. Thyme acts as a disinfectant, hence it is used widely for cleaning purposes. To make this cleaning solution, the usage is that of tea solution, thyme and soap. This solution can even be used to clean utensils and other cleaning boards. Another benefit which is provided by the thyme herb is that it helps in maintaining the digestive system. Fats can also be gradually reduced with the intake of thyme. Thyme has properties which makes it act like an anti-fungal agent. The thyme oil extracts is very useful in the treatment of fungal infections in the toe and also in the fingernails. Along with the anti-fungal property, thyme also has the ability to act as anti-bacterial agent. As an anti-bacterial, it is used as one of the ingredients in many of the mouthwashes. Thyme is said to reduce the bacteria born from food causing dysentery.
Thyme contains anti-oxidants which are very helpful in protecting the membranes of the various cells. Thyme increases the DHA amount in the kidneys, the brain as well as the membranes of the heart. The anti-oxidant content of thyme is gradually increased with the help of various flavonoids present in thyme like luteolin, thymonin, naringenin, apigenin, etc. Thyme can be applied externally also. This way it has proved to be very beneficial in treating problems related to tumors, dental decays, wounds and bruises, plaque, and tonsillitis. People suffering from lice in their hairs can apply thyme for relief. Even other skin parasites like crabs and scabies can be effectively treated with the help of thyme.
Problems like cough and cold can be treated with the help of tea in which thyme is added. For instant relief this thyme based tea can be taken for three to four times a day. Adding honey to this tea will not only sweeten this tea but will also provide other benefits. Apart from cold and cough, other chest related problems can be treated by the use of thyme. The thymol and carvacol content present in thyme is essential for keeping the gastric problem away. The presence of these components helps the gastrointestinal tract to relax hence relieving you from problems related to flatulence.
People suffering from epilepsy should add thyme to their daily diet as it helps a great deal in treating it. Thyme is also a great medicine for the cramps and pains caused due to menses. Thyme is quite rich in minerals like potassium, calcium, iron and manganese. The potassium content of thyme contributes a lot in controlling the level of blood pressure as well as heart rate. The co-factor’s role for superoxide dismutase antioxidant enzyme is played by the mineral manganese and the red blood cells formation is enhanced by the iron content present in thyme.
Tea containing thyme is given to children to provide them relief from nightmares. Thyme tea with some added lemon and honey can also be given as a refreshing drink to children and it will also help in maintaining their good health. Nature is said to be the best remedy for all the problems, and one solution to many problems includes the name Thyme.

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