Thyme is an herb with many interesting health benefits.
As an orthopaedic surgeon, some people might think that I should focus entirely on western medicine and proven sciences, and find it surprising when I discuss the health benefits of certain herbs, like thyme. My answer to that is, that I am a health professional, so the health of the human race is my utmost priority. In my eyes, if you take better care of your body, it will serve you better in the long run, and so you should afford yourself every opportunity to do so, including being mindful of what you eat.
Thyme is an herb native to the Mediterranean. It comes in many different varieties, but the oil from the thyme plant is said to have medicinal properties, as an antiviral, bactericidal, fungicidal, and antibiotic. Thyme assists the body in eliminating toxins, and helps boost white blood cells to aid the immune system.
Thyme can also be used in the following ways:
As a diuretic, useful on urinary tract and bladder infections.
To kill nail fungus.
The diluted oil can be used on a hot compress to relieve muscle aches and pains.
The fresh herb can be used as first aid on insect bites.
A one-percent solution of thyme can be used as an antibacterial wash for produce.
Ingesting thyme can increase the presence of omega-3 fatty acids in the brain, kidney, and heart membranes.
Obviously if you are considering adding thyme to your health routine, you should do research on the exact amounts and usages. But if adding this herb to your regimen increases your health or happiness by even a fraction, it is absolutely worth the effort.