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Thyme, an herb with healing power

  1. Thyme is a wonderfully fragrant herb with great healing power. It is nowadays used as a culinary herb, but its healing effect cannot be denied. Thyme is a widespread plant. It is found in Europe, North Africa, North Asia and Central Asia. In the Netherlands, wild Thyme mainly grows in dune pans.

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  1. The healing power of thyme Covers for headaches Cough syrup from thyme Nutritional value of thyme Thymol Antioxidant effect Thyme, the bacteria fighter

The healing power of thyme

  1. Thyme was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a medicinal herb against lung diseases, rheumatism, paralysis, stomach cramps, tumors, headaches, colic and nervous weaknesses. Interestingly, it was always prescribed for brain diseases. Recently the positive effect on the brain has been scientifically demonstrated. Steinmetz's Materia medica states that wild thyme has a special healing effect on the male and female genitalia. It is also purifying the blood, strengthening the stomach and fighting flu. It also works against angina, a tight, painful feeling in the chest around the heart area. In this regard, it is interesting to point out that the thymus gland is located behind the heart. The thymus is named after the thyme plant. Thyme activates the thymus.

Covers for headaches

  1. Rembert Dodoens, founder of herbal science, recommended thyme against turning the head. He recommended wrapping a wet cloth with thyme infusion around the head in this case. In ancient times herbs were sewn into pads. These herbal pads were effective against insomnia, headaches and asthma. Herb pads can be used both wet and dry. Thyme tea was drunk against various stomach complaints. In earlier times thyme was also used against overly melacncholic spirits. It dispels the melancholy from the blood and thus works against depression.

Thyme cough syrup

  1. In addition to the mentioned diseases against which thyme works, thyme is used as a cough medicine. In an old book, the Scented Kruidhof van Blöte-Obbes, there is a recipe for making your own cough syrup: 50 grams of thyme must be boiled in half a liter of water for 10 minutes. Then you add half a kilo of candy. You let it thicken until the syrup is thick. You can use cane sugar instead of candy. Another way to make thyme into a cough syrup is to let the decoction cool until it is lukewarm and then mix with honey.

Nutritional value of thyme

  1. The medicinal properties of thyme are confirmed by the high levels of vitamin K contained in thyme; 5 grams of thyme is enough for 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). In addition, there is a lot of iron in thyme; 14 grams is enough for the RDA of iron. That doesn't mean you should eat 14 grams of thyme every day. Iron is found in all kinds of nutrients, but it does indicate that thyme tea can have an extra strengthening effect. It also contains the minerals calcium and manganese. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan and a significant amount of fiber.

Thymol

  1. Scientists recently discovered that there is thymol in rhyme. This is a phytonutrient that has very medicinal properties. In addition, it also contains borneal (kamfol, carvacolo and the sweet-smelling geraniol, but thymol is the most powerful phytonutrient. Thymol has been studied in a scientific laboratory on rats. It was found that adding thymol to the menu had a positive effect on the percentage of healthy omega) 3 fatty acids in the brain, kidneys and heart It was also found that the younger rats started on thymol, the greater the effect.

Antioxidant effect

  1. Thyme contains the flavomoids apigenin, naringenin, luteolin and thymonin which have a good antioxidant effect. Together with the high manganese content, it can be said that thyme is an excellent source of antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals damage cell tissue and the DNA structure of cells, causing all kinds of diseases.

Thyme, the bacteria fighter

  1. The WHfoods site, which contains many healthy facts about food, reports that scientists looking for a natural preservative in thyme and basil see very powerful herbs against bacteria. It is therefore recommended to use these herbs in an oil dressing for salads so that you can be sure that the food is healthy and free of bacteria. Traditionally, vegetables are washed with a drop of thyme essential oil in the wash water. From the 16th century, thyme oil began to be used as a mouthwash because of its antiseptic properties. Thyme is a healthy and delicious herb with countless uses.



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