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How is thyme beneficial for health?

Thyme is a very versatile herb that has been used for centuries in natural health practices due to its numerous potential benefits. It’s been studied for its antimicrobial properties and rich antioxidant content. Thyme also offers a range of uses in promoting overall well-being and health on a holistic level.

Specific health benefits of thyme

Potent antimicrobial activity of thyme

One of the most notable properties of thyme is its strong antimicrobial activity. It contains compounds like thymol and carvacrol[i], which have been shown to inhibit the growth of various bacteria and fungi.

Thyme for respiratory infections

Thyme can be used for a number of respiratory conditions caused by infections, like coughs, colds, and sore throats. Likewise, studies have shown it may also be great for supporting oral health by fighting bacteria that cause dental plaque and bad breath[ii].

Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of thyme

Thyme is also known for being a powerful anti-inflammatory herb. Research suggests it may help reduce inflammation in the body, which is associated with various chronic conditions, including arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Therefore, incorporating thyme into your diet or using it in herbal preparations may offer natural support for managing inflammation[iii].

Additionally, thyme is well known for its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help protect the body's cells from damage caused by harmful free radicals. This herb's antioxidant content may contribute to its potential benefits in promoting healthy ageing, supporting the immune system, and, in the same way, reducing the risk of chronic diseases[iv].

Thyme for digestive health benefits

Famously, thyme has also been traditionally used to support digestion. It may aid in soothing digestive discomfort, supporting healthy digestion, to relieving symptoms such as bloating and gas. You can use it very easily in the kitchen by making a refreshing thyme tea or incorporating thyme into your favourite dinner recipes – there are many ways to practically enjoy its digestive benefits[v].

Precautions for using thyme

Please be aware, as it goes with any herbal remedy, it is important to use thyme in moderation and consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions, are pregnant, or are taking medications. Please ask us if you have any further or more personal questions.

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