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What is Thyme?

Thyme is an herb that has been known about and used since ancient times. Egyptians used it as an ingredient for embalming, ancient Greeks would burn the herb for its aromatic properties. The spread of thyme through Europe is credited to the ancient Romans, as they used it as a room purifier and a flavoring for cheese and food.

Thyme has a long history of use in Europe for the treatment of dry, spasmodic coughs as well as bronchitis. Its antispasmodic actions have made it a common traditional recommendation for whooping cough. Thyme has also been used to ease an irritated gastrointestinal tract. The oil has been used to treat topical fungal infections and is also used in toothpastes to prevent gingivitis.

Many constituents in thyme team up to provide its anti-tussive (preventing and treating a cough), antispasmodic, and expectorant actions. The primary constituents are the volatile oils, which include the phenols thymol and carvacol. These are complemented by the actions of flavonoids as well as saponins.

Thyme, either alone or in combination with herbs such as sundew, continues to be one of the most commonly recommended herbs in Europe for the treatment of dry, spasmodic coughs as well as whooping cough. Due to the low toxicity of the herb, it has become a favourite for treating coughs in small children.

Water extracts of thyme show an ability to kill Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria related to many stomach ulcers, in the test tube. Human studies are needed to know if this would be a helpful part of treatment of H. pylori infections or peptic ulcer.

Health Benefits:
Thyme has long been used to help in respiratory problems, and studies backed up this traditional use. Every part of the thyme plant is useful as medicinal herb, although the leaves and flowers are much more important than the stems.

- Thyme contain thymol, carvacrol and flavonoids which are all beneficial for breaking up congestion, stopping coughing, calming bronchial spasms, and stimulating respiration.

- Herbal experts believed that thyme may relieve toothache, and treat menstrual problems. Thyme essential oil has been found to help relax the smooth muscles of the stomach and to release gas from the stomach.

- Thyme is also nutritious, ounce for ounce; it contains 100 times as much chromium and 400 times as much manganese as meat.

- Thymol, a constituent of the oil, is also sometimes used as a topical antifungal medication.

Other Medicinal Uses of Thyme:
Thyme is also helpful in some cases like Alzheimer's disease, Arthritis, Athlete's foot, Halitosis, Hair Loss, Lice, Laryngitis, Nail Infection, Scleroderma, Vaginal Disease, Skin Diseases, Muscle Cramps, Fatigue, Depression and Stress.

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