Many people have used thyme all over the world for cooking because of its flavour, and I’ve always heard stories that it is not supposed to be consumed by men for reasons unknown to me and that pregnant women can drink the tea to start labour pain.
But, probably its a myth or probably not, people long ago especially the older folks always knew about these herbs. With that said, let’s explore what is thyme, origin and benefits?
Thyme, scientifically named Thymus Vulgaris, a member of the mint family and a popular perennial herb used for its culinary uses but have also used medicinally in ancient and in recent times and its tea is one you definitely have to try if you haven’t before.
Studies have shown that thyme tea is an excellent remedy to treat cough and bronchitis because it contains anti-septic properties and treats many other illnesses which will be mentioned further in the article.
Thyme is a herb with a woody twisted stem and lots of branches, the leaves have an aromatic scent of grayish to green colour and small white flowers grouped in headlike clusters at the ends of the branches, the entire plant is useful.
Thyme which is pronounced “time” is native to the Mediterranean, Asia, Europe and North America. Thyme contains powerful anti-oxidants like flavanoids, iron, vitamin K, manganese, calcium and an essential oil called thymol, a product made with thyme and is also available and is used to treat many ailments externally.
Thyme contains antiseptic, expectorant, astringent and antispasmodic properties. It can be applied on the skin to treat common problems of the skin like scratches or cuts to disinfect them and protects it from getting infected, an infusion can be used to make a gargle for tonsillitis and laryngitis.
Do you have children or know of any close to you who is constantly wetting the bed, even adults too? It has been proven that the entire herb can be used to treat bedwetting, stomachache, asthma, colic, diarrhea, sore throat, acne, high blood pressure, cancer, yeast infection and aids digestion.
In European history as it is being said that thyme was placed underneath pillows to ward off nightmares.
This low-growing plant is used in soups, stews and lots more dishes, the drier the thyme is the more flavourful it is so how does a herb with so many benefits be bad for you.
An infusion can be prepared by putting dried thyme in a cup about two (2) teaspoons and pour boiling water over it and let it steep for about ten (10) minutes.