The plant has a lot of woody stems forming dense clusters, and from there it grows small, paired opposing stalks, each with 2 small leaflets at its base. The flowers color ranges from pink to lilac. This shrub has a subtle, dry aroma and slightly minty flavor. Let's see what this herb can do for you.

What Is Thyme Good For?

Thyme can list the following properties to its resumé, as it can act as:

  • a carminative.
  • a digestive cleanser.
  • an antimicrobial.
  • an antispasmodic.
  • an antiseptic.
  • an expectorant and a astringent.
  • an anthelmintic.
  • an antitussive
  • and it has a secretomotor effect.

Due to these properties, thyme tea is good for people who have gastrointestinal problems like:

  • dyspepsia.
  • gastritis.
  • and diarrhea.
  • It's also effective for people with respiratory tract infections like:
    • bronchitis.
    • whooping cough.
    • and asthma.

A thyme tea blend can be used as a gargle for those who have laryngitis, tonsillitis and also for enuresis in children. Furthermore, the volatile oils in the plant are relaxants, which can be helpful to soothe your muscles. And because of its tannin content it can also help stop diarrhea.

Other benefits of this plant, is its thymol content which is very active against many types of intestinal infection. And, its content of rosmarinic acid gives it an anti-inflammatory function, while its bitterness can increase appetite, regulate digestion and aid your liver function. Lastly, the carvacrol found in the plant can help stimulate the mucous membranes, while its traces of saponins can stimulate your reflex expectorants.

The take-away is this, drinking a good cup of thyme tea, or using the oil, can be very healthy and helpful if you struggle with any of the given conditions above.

What Are The Nutritional Content Thyme Oil?

Thyme is composed of 1% volatile oil which includes:

  • thymol.
  • carvacrol.
  • cymol.
  • linalool.
  • pinene nd borneol.
  • It also has:
    • caffeic.
    • rosmarinic acid.
    • 10% of tannins.
    • bitter principle.
    • gum.
    • resin.
    • flavonoids.
    • triterpenoid saponins.

Thymol has more antiseptic characteristic than phenol, and does not have an irritant effect, which is making it safe to ingest.

Where To Buy Thyme Tea?

If you want to get your hands on some thyme oil, Walmart will have them available in stock. Same goes for Amazon, one of my favorite online stores. Check it out and get your cup of thyme tea, or thyme oil, among the many thyme products below:

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