Worth Your Thyme!
“Thyme is a small herb belonging to the mint family of plants, and has a rich history of use spanning over hundreds of years. Aside from its therapeutic uses, thyme is also used in cooking. Fresh or dried, its leaves and flowers are mixed into casseroles, soups, stews and sautéed vegetables to add a sprightly flavor.”
The Potential Benefits of Drinking Thyme Tea
Drinking thyme tea regularly can be beneficial to your health thanks to its abundance of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Published research has shown that the plant may help:
•Fight bacteria: Scientists have found that the essential oils found in thyme have potent antibacterial properties. In particular, it has been found to be effective against E. coli,3 a bacterial strain responsible for various diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhea.4
•Manage inflammation: Thymol, an active compound in thyme, may help manage inflammation by suppressing certain inflammatory pathways. In particular, it may be promising against peritonitis,5 which is the inflammation of the peritoneum, the membrane that covers the organs within your abdominal area.6
•Reduce risk of cancer: A study published in Natural Product Communications indicates that thyme extracts exhibit cytotoxicity against colon cancers.7 In another study, thyme has shown to have beneficial effects against breast cancer.8
•Control blood pressure: In a study that tested mice, thyme helped lower blood pressure. This finding suggests that the Mediterranean diet, where thyme is widely used, can promote healthy blood pressure levels in humans.9