Thyme is a plant belonging to the Labiatae family cultivated mainly in central and Southern Europe.
It is used as a flavoring in foods or as a medicinal plant in teas or cosmetics.
It is also very easy to distinguish, since it has small pink flowers and a powerful aromatic smell.
Here are the 8 health benefits of Thyme
1. Prevents respiratory problems
It has antitussive and antispasmodic properties that relieve irritation of the respiratory tract.
It also has expectorant properties, and therefore helps to expel phlegm. That is, it is very effective against colds, coughs, etc.
2. Treat digestive problems
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it reduces bloating and gas.
It also increases bile secretion, treats indigestion and fights against intestinal parasites.
3. Prevents anemia
Anemia is a condition in which you lack adequate healthy red blood cells to convey enough oxygen to your body’s tissues (Iron deficiency).
Thyme, having a large amount of iron can help prevent it by regulating the amounts of this mineral in our body.
4. Strengthen defenses
This is due to thymol, one of the main oils in thyme, which acts as a disinfectant and fungicide.
For this reason, it also acts on the Candida albicans fungus, responsible for infections called “candidiasis”
5. Prevents aging
Thanks to their antioxidants they can prevent the deterioration of collagen and the aging of the cells of our body.
6. Helps to relax
This is due to carvacrol, a substance that the essential oils of thyme have.
It improves mood, reduces anxiety and helps to rest.
7. Reduces premenstrual syndrome
It has antispasmodic properties, and therefore helps reduce symptoms prior to menstruation, as well as colic and other discomfort.
8. Diuretic Effect
Thyme stimulates urination, and therefore the elimination of toxins via urine