Thyme has a long history of use as a medicinal healer. Centuries ago, Romans consumed it to prevent poisoning and used to put it in baths to stop the effects of poisoning once it already happened. Many people often included it in ther recipes to prevent food from spoiling or used thyme oil to medicate bandages.
Today, thyme still plays a very important role in our lives. Thymol, thyme's most active ingredient is used in Listerine mouthwash and Vicks VapoRub thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. But its health benefits are much greater! Thyme is excellent at supporting our immune and respiratory systems as well as digestive, nervous and other body systems. Thyme oil is one of the strongest and natural antimicrobials and helps fighting sore throats. Some studies show that it demonstrated a good efficacy against antibiotic - resistant strains of bacteria. Thyme helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It has an ability not only to prevent food contamination but to decontaminate foods as well. Add it to your next meal and you will decrease the likelihood of a food - borne disease. The carvacrol found in thyme has shown to have some very good mood - boosting effects, as it is able to increase both dopamine and serotonin levels. Worth mentioning is also the fact that thyme has been used for centuries to treat coughs and bronchitis.
As days are now getting shorter and colder, it is worth remembering its great health benefits. Use it and stay in a good shape!