Thyme which is known for its aromatic and healing properties is a member of the genus Thymus family. Thymes are relatives of the oregano herb.
As far back as ancient Egypt, it was used as an embalming fluid. In Greece, it was commonly used as an incense in temples and added to their baths. Hippocrates, the famed Greek physician, recommended thyme for respiratory diseases and conditions.
In ancient Rome, it was used as a flavoring for cheese and alcoholic beverages. Today it is used as a seasoning in many stews and other dishes.
During the Black Death Plague of the 1340s, people wore thyme as a means of protection.
Thyme Contains These Key Elements
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
The Healing Effect of Thyme
1. Reduce High Blood Pressure
Studies have shown that extract was able to significantly reduce heart rate in rats with high blood pressure, and it was also able to lower their cholesterol.
2. Kills Breast Cancer Cells
Breast cancer affects 122.2 women per 100,000 in the U.S. Research has shown that the essential oil inhibits growth and potentially cause the death of many cancer cell types including breast cancer.
In one of the studies done, after only 24 hours a 20% decrease in cell viability was observed. It has been shown that though thyme kills the cancerous cells it has no effect on the wholesome cells.
Thyme has also been effective in killing lung and prostate cancer cells.
3. Kills Yeast Infections
As a tea, it is used to help in your fight against fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, yeast infections, and ringworm.
4. Most Powerful Acne Cure
Scientists from England tested the effects of thyme on Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), the bacterium that causes acne. They found that it is quite effective in treating acne.
Its antibacterial properties are much stronger than that of benzoyl peroxide, the active ingredient in most acne creams and washes.
Benzoyl peroxide also causes irritation to the skin, this means that thyme is possibly the best solution to acne.