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Friday, November 12, 2010

What Is Thyme Good For?

Did you know that thyme belongs to the mint family? That's one of the many things I learnt about thyme while doing research for this post. I also learnt that there are about 350 species of thyme. Due to the variety of species thyme is known by many different names as well, among them being Golden King, Silver Queen, Archer's Gold, Rainbow Falls, Pink Ripple, Goldstream, Lemon Curd, Silver Posie, and Highland Cream.


I am continually amazed at the power in the foods and herbs that God put on this earth. Here is the amazing list of things that thyme is good for whether in the form of an essential oil, a tea, taken internally or applied topically. I read that it has even been used to eliminate nightmares for children.

  1. relieves aches
  2. elevates mood
  3. has a calming effect in stress-related conditions
  4. relieves joint pains
  5. aids in inflammations of the mouth
  6. cures throat infections
  7. useful in the treatment of acute and chronic bronchitis
  8. aids in treating whooping cough
  9. helps to treat inflammation of the upper respiratory tract
  10. possesses terpenoids which are recognized for their cancer preventive properties
  11. relieves chest and respiratory problems including coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion
  12. expels parasites in the body
  13. useful for easing menstrual cramps and PMS
  14. aids in digestion
  15. helps dissolve and remove mucus from the intestinal tract
  16. prevents infection in small wounds
  17. acts as a digestive tonic and increases the appetite
  18. helps reduce symptoms of irritable bowel and colic
  19. helps in preventing chronic gastritis
  20. used for dental decay
  21. very effective against laryngitis 
  22. excellent against plaque formation
  23. relieves sore throat
  24. heals mouth sores
  25. aids in tonsillitis
  26. helps with halitosis(bad breath)
  27. can be used as a poultice for insect bites, stings, mastitis and wounds
  28. cures hookworm, threadworm and roundworm
  29. can also destroy skin parasites like the scabies and lice
  30. effectively fights against bacterial, fungal and viral infections
  31. very effective against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphalococcus aureus and Shingella sonnei 
  32. helps relax the smooth vessels of the gastrointestinal tract
  33. can be used as eyewash to cure sore eyes
  34. can be used as a hair rinse to prevent dandruff
  35. alleviates nervous disorders like nightmares, depression, nervous exhaustion, insomnia and melancholy
  36. eases epilepsy, convulsions and diarrhea
  37. protects and increases the quantity of healthy fats found in the cell membranes and other structures of the cell
  38. can be crushed and used to clean cuts and scrapes, offering an immediate antiseptic remedy
  39. can relieve hangovers
  40. used effectively for croup, whooping cough, and asthma
  41. prevents gingivitis
  42. helpful in some cases like Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, athlete's foot, hair loss, and nail infection
  43. helps with scleroderma, vaginal disease, skin diseases, muscle cramps
  44. mosquito repellent
  45. makes the scars and other ugly spots on your body vanish
  46. cures conjunctivitis, pink eye and sty

Medicinal doses of thyme and especially thyme oil are not recommended during pregnancy as thyme can act as a uterine stimulant.,,,,,,,,

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  1. Wow didn't know alot of what thyme was for. Nice.

  2. hope this helps you. I had awful bad breath and tonsil stones. Thank god my only friend told me to check Oraltech Labs advice as it got rid of her bad breath and her post nasal drip. I've been following Oraltech Labs advice for about 4 months now and I feel much better, also at work people are not avoiding me anymore so it seems to have cured my bad breath as well, so good luck. Jenny NY

  3. Jo's Health CornerDecember 19, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Great post Jennifer! I love thyme and I use it a lot in cooking. The essential oil of thyme is great too, just important to pick the right kind..

  4. Thank you for your input.  It is wonderful when we are free of health challenges.  Congratulations!

  5. Thanks Jo.  I am continually amazed at the power of God's creation with its ability to heal and help in gaining optimal health.

  6. Hi, Jenn!!! I've been missing in action for a while, but I'm back online now! I've been doing a lot more herbal stuff, too. We had a big epidemic of pinkeye (conjunctivitis) here about a month ago and I was the "go to girl" for the remedy. The epidemic was so bad and so wide spread that one would have to travel almost two hours by car to find a pharmacy which had the prescription meds.

    I made up a tea of Eyebright and Goldenseal powder and became popular overnight! hahaha Honestly, though, boys were walking almost a mile to our house to get a 250ml Coke bottle full of tea to take home and wash their eyes. Local schools had as many as 50% of their kids absent. Pretty awful. Yes, we ended up getting it, but it was gone in a day with herbal treatment.

    Good to know that Thyme will work for that, too! We learn something new every day, eh?! ;^) Have a blest weekend!!!

  7. I love this type of information! One of my sons has esophagitus - and cannot have caffeine, chocolate or mint. I wonder if this would include Thyme?

  8. Hi Rebecca!  It's so good to see you back online. It's awesome that you could be a blessing with the herbal remedy.  Indeed we learn something new every day.

  9. I'm not sure.  Thyme is in the mint family so I would avoid it.  I did a brief internet search before responding to your comment and found one article which said that there is a contraindication where thyme and esophagitis are concerned:  which basically means that it is not advisable because it may increase risks to the patient.  So for safety I would say avoid it.

  10. Thanks! I guess I need to watch my Italian recipes!

  11. You're welcome.  Use moderation with your Italian recipes that contain thyme and just monitor for any possible reaction and my best guess is that everything should be fine.

  12. I could definitely use more thyme. Great info.

  13. Thanks.  I think we all could use more.  Herbs are awesome.

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