Holistic Nutrition & Prevention

Thyme folk medicine for many ails

By Sari Huhtala

If there’s one perennial herb that is worth planting in your garden, let it be thyme. While its roots are deep in folk medicine as a parasite cleanser and disease prevention, this anti-microbial herb, perfect for tea, can help with everything from anemia to high blood pressure, cholesterol, coughs and more.

Thyme, or thymus, as a tea, tincture or liquid extract, is classified and recognized under the European Drugs monograph as an “expectorant in coughs associated with colds.” It has been studied extensively for relief of symptoms of bronchitis, with up to 93 per cent efficacy in some studies. It’s an antibacterial, and can prevent bacteria that leads to illness, an anti-inflammatory and expectorant, all in one herb. It’s worth having a jar of dried thyme leaves in your medicine cabinet year-round.

It’s secondary use under the drug monograph is for oral health and the treatment of inflamed gums and mucous membranes of the mouth, as a topical treatment. https://theodora.com/drugs/eu/thymi_herba_herbal.html

But thyme has so many other benefits, according to a medically reviewed article on MedicineNet https://www.medicinenet.com/what_is_thyme_good_for/article.htm

Who knew this savoury culinary herb is loaded with vitamin C and other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In fact, its high iron content makes it an ideal supplement for anemia. With its antihypertensive properties, time may also be ideal for high blood pressure, not to mention assists in oxygenating cells, according to the doctor-reviewed article. Plus, as an antispasmodic, thyme can help ease intestinal cramps and bloating.

High in vitamin K, thyme is also a good buddy for bone health.

Making a tea is easy. Boil water. Add a handful of fresh or dried thyme to a teapot and fill with water. Let steep for about 15 minutes. Then enjoy. This also makes a refreshing iced tea.

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