Thyme Helps Fight Off the Flu Virus, Strep Throat and Respiratory Infections
Thyme originates from the Mediterranean basin and is a member of the mint family. For many years it has been known as a plant with many benefits. Mrs. Ruggeri talks on this topic.
She says that since the thyme is frown in many soils, environments and climates there are more than 300 varieties with various chemotypes. They might look the same, but they have a different chemical composition with corresponding health benefits.
The main constituents of thyme essential oil usually include thymol, alpha-thujone, carvacrol, alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, camphene, borneol, beta-pinene, linalool, para-cymene, linalool, and alpha-terpinene.
Below you will see some of the properties of the most common thyme chemotypes:
Thymus vulgaris ct thymol – Between 60 to 70 % thymol with strong antiseptic properties. It is rich in antioxidants with strong pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol – Between 30 to 80 % carvacrol with powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and pain relieving, i.e. analgesic properties.
Thymus vulgaris ct 1,8 cineole – From 80 to 90 % cineole, with many benefits. It’s a good expectorant, i.e. phlegm releaser, with analgesic properties, and diuretic since it increases the expulsion of urine.
Thymus vulgaris ct thujanol – Around 50% thujanol, supports the immunity. It is found mainly in the wild and is commonly known as Sweet Thyme.
You should know that thyme oil comes with potent antifungal, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral, antiseptic and diuretic properties.
That means that it can help detox the body, support the formation of white blood cells, boost the immunity and destroy microbes.
The Health Benefits of Thyme:
It is said that thyme combats infectious, the flu, laryngitis, coughs, asthma, colds, the flu, bronchitis, catarrh, asthma, sore throats, and bronchitis.
Thyme boosts blood circulation in order to accelerate healing, raises blood pressure, and improves concentration and healing.
Thyme has potent antibacterial properties which kill different bacteria such as staphylococcus, and it helps purify the air from cryptococcal, proteus, staphylococcus and streptococcus.
Its oil helps relieve dry coughs and boosts secretion of mucus.
Thyme is a potent natural remedy for physical and psychological weakness. It revives the mind and body, so it can be used to treat insomnia, depression, and fatigue. Also, it can fasten the recuperating after an illness.
Moreover, its essential oil offers many other medicinal properties, like:
- You can use thyme essential oil as a natural hand sanitizer. You can use it in the form of a hot compress in order to soothe sports injuries, gout, rheumatic pain, muscular pains, sciatica, and sprains.
- You can dilute thyme oil and put it on affected area in order to relieve stings, insect bites and Athlete’s foot
- In order to improve the appearance and health of your hair, you can use thyme oil as a hair tonic
- You can mix thyme oil with other essential oils such as grapefruit, pine, rosemary, lemon, and lavender in order to prevent skin irritations
- Thyme oil destroys candida and nail fungus
- Use 1 percent solution as an antibacterial spray
- Thyme oil combats infections on the urinary tract and bladder
- Regular consumption of thyme oil boosts the amount of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid, that is an omega-3 fatty acid) in the cell membranes in heart, brain, and kidney
- To treat weak or irregular menstruation put a few drops of thyme oil in a warm bath
- Use thyme oil to treat alopecia. All you need to do is combine it with rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood in jojoba and grape seed oils mixture. Just massage the scalp on a daily basis
- Use it as a face wash and to treat warts and acne
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