Thyme - properties
In thyme, we find primarily essential oil (which includes terpineol, linalool, thymol, cineol, borneol and bornyl acetate). In addition, we can distinguish flavonoids (flavonoids), B vitamins, vitamins A, C, E and K and minerals (manganese, selenium, iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium). It cannot be denied that the most popular component of thyme is thymol, i.e. essential oil. It is characterized by an antibacterial effect, which is why it is most often used in the preparation of mouthwashes.
In addition, thanks to its expectorant properties, it improves the work of bronchial cilia, which is useful in the case of bacterial infections of the throat and coughs. However, thanks to its antibacterial properties, it works well as a preparation for the treatment of skin lesions, especially acne. The flavonoids found in thyme have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antispasmodic and antifungal properties.
Minerals also play an important role. Manganese is responsible for the proper functioning of the muscular and nervous systems. Selenium strengthens the immune system and normalizes the work of the thyroid gland. Iron, in turn, is a component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen, therefore it is needed for the proper development and regeneration of tissues. Calcium is responsible for strong bones, teeth and the acid-base balance in the body. Potassium lowers blood pressure, and magnesium supports the work of the muscular and nervous systems. Thyme is a source of vitamin C, the task of which is to increase the body's immunity and facilitate the absorption of iron. B vitamins contained in this herb, mainly riboflavin, affect normal eyesight and the transformation of amino acids.
Health properties of thyme
Studies have confirmed that thyme:
- supports the respiratory system
- it has antibacterial and aseptic properties therefore
- it effectively soothes infections of the throat and mouth
- it has an expectorant and diastolic effect - this property has been used to make syrups for dry and wet coughs
- supports the digestive system - preparations based on thyme are used to treat gastritis, soothe irritated intestines and liver problems
- prevents diarrhea
- has an anti-inflammatory effect
- soothes rheumatic pains (RA)
- disinfects the dental canals
- soothes inflammation of the vagina