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Thyme against colds and respiratory infections

by Josephine Andrews
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Thyme has been used as a spice and medicinal plant for more than 4,000 years . It unfolds its healing effect especially in the case of inflammation of the airways such as colds and coughs. Read more about the healing properties of thyme and how to use it correctly!

What is the effect of thyme?

The herb from real thyme and Spanish thyme (Thymi herba) contains, among other things, essential oil (with thymol and carvacrol as the most important ingredients), phenolic monoterpenes, flavonoids, saponins and tannins.

The medicinal plant has an antispasmodic effect on the bronchi, stimulates expectoration and is anti-inflammatory. It is also effective against bacteria, fungi and viruses. The use of thyme for inflammation of the upper respiratory tract is therefore medically recognized. These include colds with cough, bronchitis and whooping cough.

What else is thyme good for? There is evidence from an animal study with rats that thyme can lower blood pressure. However, more research is needed to apply this finding to humans.

Thyme as a spice is sometimes used to treat hypothyroidism due to its high iron content.

In folk medicine, the medicinal plant is also used for other ailments, such as laryngitis, asthma, digestive problems (such as slight abdominal pain, feeling of fullness and flatulence), chronic gastritis and skin problems such as itching.

It is also used in aromatherapy as a room fragrance. It should have a positive effect on the psyche and provide relaxation. However, there are no scientific studies on this use.

A study, on the other hand, proves that essential thyme oil is effective against mosquitoes and their larvae.

How is thyme used?

There are several ways to use thyme. We introduce them to you.

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