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Making the Most of Your Thyme: The Herb’s Amazing Health Benefits and How to Grow


By Antonia

Thyme, a popular herb used to add flavor to a variety of foods, also boasts a range of health benefits. Whether you use it in salads or as a tea, its powerful effects can keep your body and mind going strong.  Adding it to your diet is a surefire way to stay in great shape both mentally and physically.

5 Incredible Benefits of Adding Thyme to Your Diet


Improves Respiratory Function

Thyme is one of the best natural ways to improve respiratory problems. In fact, according to The University of Maryland Medical Center, enjoying a cup of thyme tea can help relieve coughs and even shorten the duration of a cold. In Germany, the German Commission E, a group that examines herbal safety and efficacy in the country, has approved thyme as a bronchitis treatment.

Powerful Anti-Microbial Properties

Not only can thyme help preserve foods naturally, but thanks to its essential oil, it can also decontaminate a variety of bacteria. From Staphylococcus aureus to Escherichia coli, research shows that thyme has powerful antimicrobial properties. Studies published in Food Microbiology explain that thyme’s essential oil decontaminated lettuce that had Shigella, which causes diarrhea and other stomach ailments. Even a very small concentration (just 1%) of the oil dropped Shigella’s bacterial levels so low that they could not be detected.

High in Antioxidants

Thyme’s volatile oil, thymol is brimming with antioxidant benefits. Researchers discovered its ability to protect brain cells, paving the way for its role in possible Alzheimer’s disease prevention. Furthermore,thymol (aff link) has also been found to boost the amount of the body’s health fats, specifically omega-3 fatty acids. In turn, problems with brain, kidney and heart cell membranes are lessened.

Rich in Essential Vitamins and Minerals

Thyme is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It’s rich in potassium, iron and calcium, all of which contribute to blood pressure regulation, proper red blood cell formation and distribution of antioxidants in the body. That’s just for starters. The flavorful herb is high in B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, C and folic acid, to name just a few. As such, thyme plays a role in getting rid of free radicals in the body, improving our vision and even protecting us from certain lung and oral cavity cancers.

Helps Relieve Gas and Bloating

It’s often embarrassing and sometimes painful, especially if excess gas is an ongoing issue. Thyme tea to the rescue! Once again, the essential oil in thyme has gas-relieving properties that also help get rid of cramping and bloating.

Did You Know . . .

  • Since ancient times, thyme has been enjoyed for culinary, aromatic and medicinal reasons.
  • Thyme’s aroma was pleasing to those in ancient Greece, where people burned it as incense in temples.
  • “The smell of thyme” was a phrase often used to describe a person or situation that involved courage and admiration, designed to convey utmost praise.

Sources for this article include:

Thyme: Planting, Growing, Harvesting ~ Varieties Here 

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6 responses

  1. What a most fortuitous post! I have decided to eat more beans, lentils and other pulses in 2014. As a vegan I feel I need to increase my repertoire of ingredients. The only problem is, that with the increasing repertoire, there comes increased gas :(. It might be fun to trumpet off intestinal gas when you are sitting alone at the computer at 3am in the morning researching and reading your RSS Feed Reader but there are only so many times that you can blame the dog before your husband starts to get a bit suspicious ;). Thyme to the rescue! I am now off to plant out thyme all over the place. We have oregano going nuts everywhere so thyme is about to join it as “de rigeur” on Serendipity Farm (and in my bean cassolets 😉 )

    January 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    • i love thyme, the only variety i had this year that did well was my lemon thyme. i absolutely love it! maybe more so than lemon balm … maybe lol

      January 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      • Lemon balm grows like weeds here in Tassie but delicious and most lovely weeds. They call it “Melissa” no idea why :). I have a single thyme plant but am going to add lots more now that I know they are indeed useful 😉

        January 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      • here too with the lemon balm, it even appeared in the rock bed i have near hose faucet …. try some lemon thyme if you can, just love it!

        January 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      • I will see if I can find some. I have lemon balm growing in the cracks in the concrete in my glasshouse. It grows everywhere and even on the shed roof 😉

        January 20, 2014 at 5:32 am

  2. Foopelo Jackson Tengwe

    Thank sir. I am in Cameroon and very interested in the THYME plant. Plaese, I would like to have the seed to plant. If not the powder and the oil.

    February 8, 2016 at 6:06 pm

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