It has been used as a medicinal plant since ancient times, since it serves to heal wounds and various diseases.
Thyme, in addition to being a highly appreciated aromatic herb in the kitchen, has been used as a medicinal plant since ancient times, since it is used to heal wounds, various diseases and, nowadays, it is commonly used in homeopathy.
This plant has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, digestive and mucolytic properties.
Also hypotensive, antioxidant, carminative, analgesic, antiseptic, antifungal, demulcent, antitussive and diuretic.
Here are 10 benefits that thyme offers to improve health:
- Combat respiratory problems
One of the most recognized uses of this plant is related to common respiratory problems, such as colds, coughs and colds, since it has antitussive and antispasmodic properties that relieve irritation of the airways.
It also has expectorant properties, that is, it helps to expel mucus and phlegm.
It is rich in polyphenols, an antioxidant substance. Polyphenols, in addition to fighting free radicals that cause cell aging, also have anti-inflammatory properties.
That is why the use of essential oil topically can help reduce inflammation in areas with bumps or wounds.
- Fight digestive problems
Due to its anti-inflammatory and carminative properties, the infusion of this herb is useful to reduce digestive discomforts such as abdominal bloating or gas.
Another benefit of the anti-inflammatory effect of thyme, added to its analgesic properties, is its anti-pain action.
Drinking a cup of infusion helps relieve menstrual cramps.
We have already mentioned the polyphenols present in the plant.
Polyphenols have an antioxidant effect, that is, they slow down and fight the oxidation of other molecules.
Oxidation is a chemical reaction that produces free radicals, responsible for cellular aging that causes many diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases, degenerative diseases and cancer.
In short, thyme fights free radicals that damage our body.
In addition to having antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, thyme is rich in vitamins and minerals that strengthen the immune system and prevent infections.
Thymol, one of the essential oils of thyme, is a powerful disinfectant and fungicide, so this plant keeps us healthy.
Drinking thyme infusion helps to relax, reduces anxiety and tension; and if taken before bed, it helps to fall asleep.
Thyme tea also has a diuretic effect: it stimulates urination, which facilitates the elimination of toxins through the urine, and prevents infections of the urinary system.
Must take into account
In the case of people with heart problems, its excessive consumption can cause bradycardia, that is, the decrease in heart rate to less than 60 beats per minute.
Its excessive consumption can cause abdominal pain and / or vomiting
During pregnancy and lactation, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before taking any type of infusion.
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