I love thyme herb very very much, who will not love the fresh smell of thyme? Thyme is a perennial herb with small leaves that smells amazingly wonderful. Though I developed a fondness for thyme only as an aromatic addition for certain dishes in my cooking, over time I started using it in home remedies too.
I first started with dried thyme and then I became obsessed with growing fresh thyme. Once you have a fresh herb at home, you always tend to look for ways to use it. The health benefits of thyme is quite impressive, from treating skin problems to reducing anxiety, it does have wide uses !
Thyme Common Names:
Thyme is called Ajwain Ke Phool in Hindi, Thyme Ilai in Tamil, Thyme ila in Malayalam, Thaima in Gujarati & Bengali, Thaim in Telugu, Taim in Kannada and Thyme in Urdu (I might be wrong about the names, if I am please correct me in the comment section below).
The main volatile constituent of thyme is thymol which is responsible for it’s wide medicinal uses. You must have heard about thymol, it is widely found in commercial mouth washes as it has antiseptic properties. There are many varieties of thyme plant like lemon thyme, French thyme, English thyme, etc and the most common variety is Thymus Vulgaris.
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Thyme Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses:
1. Thyme Benefits For Skin Care (Anti Bacterial Properties):
2. Thyme For Reducing Menstrual Pain (Dysmenorrhoea):
3. Thyme For Cold & Cough:
4. Thyme Benefits For Anxiety:
5. Thyme As an Antioxidant :
6. Thyme For Inflammation:
7. Thyme As a Mosquito Repellent:
8. Thyme Anti Fungal Properties:
Thyme Side Effects:
How To Dry & Store Thyme Sprigs?
Where To Buy Thyme?
Medicinal Uses & Health Benefits Of Thyme | Thymus Vulgaris:
1. Thyme Tea Recipe For Cough:
Collect fresh thyme leaves or take dry thyme leaves in a cup. Pour boiling water on top and let it steep for few minutes, strain and add honey to taste. This wonderful tea is rich in antioxidants and is a good remedy for cough and cold. It also has anti spasmodic properties and is an amazing home remedy for treating menstrual pain.
2. Thyme & Fennel Seed Toner:
This toner is very very good for acne prone skin. To make the toner, boil 1 tsp of fennel seeds in 1/2 cup of water till the color changes and switch off. While it is still hot, add 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar and fresh thyme sprigs and let it steep till it comes to normal temperature and then strain.
3. Thyme & Epsom Salt Foot Soak For Toenail Fungus:
Thyme has anti fungal properties which makes it very very effective for treating toe nail fungus. For the foot soak, boil a liter of water with fresh or dried thyme sprigs and switch off, add epsom salt to it and mix well. Once it comes to lukewarm temperature, immerse your legs in it.
4. Thyme & Ajwain Gargle For Sore Throat:
Boil 2 cups of water along with a handful of thyme sprigs and 2 tsp of ajwain seeds in water till the color of the water changes. Strain and use it for gargling. I personally use ajwain seed water gargle for treating sore throat, it gives amazing results. Adding thyme leaves to it makes it even more effective as it has anti inflammatory properties.
5. Thyme Hair Rinse:
Thyme hair rinse gives a nice shine to our hair. For making the rinse, boil fresh thyme leaves in a liter of water and strain. Add lemon juice to it and use it a final hair rinse. You can also use thyme essential oil mixed with any unrefined oil for massaging the hair. Thyme will treat all the scalp problems very very well.