– Thyme is of the genus Thymus of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of the oregano genus Origanum.
– The plants can take deep freezes and are found growing wild on mountain highlands. Along the Italian Riviera, it is found from sea level up to 800 m.
Thymus vulgaris (chin. : 百里香)
– Thyme (/ˈtaɪm/) is an evergreen herb with culinary, medicinal, and ornamental uses.
– The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris.
– Its range of use is impressive, and it has over 400 subspecies.
– Ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming practices, while ancient Greeks used it as incense.
– In foods, thyme is used as a flavoring agent.
– In manufacturing, red thyme oil is used in perfumes. It is also used in soaps, cosmetics, and toothpastes.
– This natural herb preparation fought pimples better than antiacne products, which included benzoyl peroxide.
– Thyme to lower blood pressure; Thymus linearis Benth. is a species of thyme found in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
was found that an extract was able to significantly reduce heart rate in rats with high blood pressure, and it was also able to lower their cholesterol.
– Thyme essential oil, which is obtained from its leaves, is often used as a natural cough remedy. In one study, a combination of thyme and ivy leaves helped to alleviate coughing and other symptoms of acute bronchitis.
– thyme is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A. If you feel a cold coming on, thyme can help get you back in good health.
– Another health benefit of thyme: It’s a good source of copper, fiber, iron, and manganese.
– Essential oil of thyme and thymol hold many fungicidal properties. Research suggests that it can be used as a disinfectant in dwellings where there is a low concentration of mold.
– Thymol is also an ingredient in many pesticides — both outdoor and indoor — and is commonly used to target bacteria and viruses, as well as rats, mice, and other animal pests.
– A recent study shows that thyme extract can repel mosquitoes, but growing it in your garden isn’t enough. In order to get the best pest fighting results, rub thyme leaves between your hands to release the essential oil.
( Note: You can also make homemade repellant by mixing four drops of thyme oil to every teaspoon of olive oil, or mixing five drops for every 2 ounces of water.)
– Thanks to its antiseptic and antifungal properties, it is a common ingredient in mouthwash. Thyme is also a popular ingredient in natural deodorants and is often included in potpourri.
– Some people apply thyme directly to the skin for hoarseness (laryngitis), swollen tonsils (tonsillitis), sore mouth, and bad breath.
– It is also applied to the scalp to treat baldness and to the ears to fight bacterial and fungal infections.
– Thymol, one of the chemicals in thyme, is used with another chemical, chlorhexidine, as a dental varnish to prevent tooth decay.
– Thyme is taken by mouth for colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, bedwetting, a movement disorder in children (dyspraxia), intestinal gas (flatulence), parasitic worm infections, and skin disorders.
– It is also used to increase urine flow (as a diuretic), to disinfect the urine, and as an appetite stimulant.
– Thyme essential oil is often used for aromatic and therapeutic purposes because of its active substance carvacrol.
In a 2013 study, carvacrol was shown to affect neuron activity in ways that boosted the subjects’ feelings of well-being.