Top 5 Health Benefits of Thyme!

Originally from the Southern Mediterranean and derived from the Greek word meaning ‘Courage’, Thyme has had multiple uses throughout history. The herb has been used for purifying homes and temples and was often consumed before and after a meal to avoid being affected by poisons. Today, it stands as one of the favourite herbs used in cooking. There’s a lot more to know about this herb, so read on to discover these Top 5 Health Benefits of Thyme!

1. Soothes sore throats
Thyme possesses antiseptic and antibiotic properties, which makes it a good remedy for coughs, colds and sore throats. One study has found that the herb showed strong activity in combating viruses and bacteria. One cup of thyme tea can help soothe whooping cough and ease chest congestion.

2. High vitamin K content
Three grams (2 tsp) of thyme contains around 60% (34 mcg) of your recommended intake of vitamin K, as well as around 20% of your recommended iron intake, compared to herbs and spices such as basil which contains around 24 mcg of your daily intake of vitamin K (around 48%).

3. Immunity boosting
Thyme is a good source of vitamin A and C, which is important to keep your immune system healthy. An ounce of it contains around 1330 IU (international units) of vitamin A and around 45 mg of vitamin C. Without these vitamins, you would be struggling to fight off colds and infections.

4. Stress reducer
Thyme has a fresh, sweet aroma making it one of the best oils to use in aromatherapy. It also contains vitamin B6, which plays an active role in the release of neurotransmitters. The release of these transmitters reduces the amount of stress on the body, increasing feelings of well-being and relaxation.

5. Good for indigestion
Thyme can be used for treating indigestion, bloating and flatulence. The reason behind this is because it contains volatile oils, giving it gas-reducing properties which can also relieve intestinal cramping.  It also encourages the healthy balance of microflora in your gut because of its antioxidant properties.

Thyme can be bought in easily in plant and dried form from all leading supermarkets and garden centres, you can readily grow it yourself too. The oil can be bought from aromatherapy stores online and from Amazon and eBay etc. Watch the video above and try making your own thyme tea! Tell us how you like to use this herb below or @ KeepFitKingdom ! 

Franki is a nutrition student currently undergoing her second year at Bournemouth University. Originally from London, she has a passion for anything health, food and well-being related; she enjoys reading, baking and experimenting with different recipes. In addition to trying out new exercises and workouts in the gym, she loves to read up on recent topics in the nutrition field and walks along the coastline.
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