Dealing with pains, and problems by using medicinal herbs is one of the best lifestyle choices you can make. The short-term relief of medications comes with side effects and long-term damage, making it vital to look for herbal remedies that can improve your health on a more holistic level. One of these herbs is thyme, it has antibiotic properties that you can include into your routine to provide consistent benefits without concern.
How Thyme Can Heal Most Wounds
Thyme is a medicinal herb with antibiotic properties, which means that it fights pain and bacteria, providing huge short-term benefits as well as long-term advantages.
14 Incredible Thyme Benefits
Medicinal Herb for Pain and Menstruation
One triple-blind clinical study compared thyme’s effect on severe menstrual pains with the popular drug ibuprofen and a placebo. The study found that 200mgs of thyme or 25 drops of its essential oil every 6 hours was as effective as ibuprofen at reducing pain compared to the placebo, with the potential to be even more effective than the common drug under a larger sample size. [i]
In addition, thyme was deemed the most effective essential oil at reducing an enzyme related with inflammation at .01% concentration when compared with clove, eucalyptus, and fennel oils as well as others after being tested on cow cells. Cyclooxygenase-2 or COX-2 is the enzyme that is interrelated with receptors which cause inflammation. Therefore, thyme’s ability to limit this enzyme makes it a promising herb for reducing the stimulation of these receptors and as a result preventing inflammation and pain.[ii]
Antibiotic for Dysbiosis
This is an illness that describes an imbalance of bacteria in your body, which can stem from too many drugs, foreign invaders, and unwarranted antibiotics. It expresses symptoms throughout your digestive system, on your skin, in your lungs, and the rest of your body.[iii]Some symptoms and consequences of the disease are:[iii]
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
These things happen when your body isn’t living in harmony because of poor treatment of your body. To correct some of the problems, try 100 to 200mg of thyme a day with a prebiotic fiber such as bananas and onions next to other herbs like garlic and goldenseal to correct the bacterial ecosystem in your body.[iii][iv]
Thyme to Address Respiratory Problems
Thyme is also an effective medicinal herb for treating respiratory issues. One study on 1234 children with acute bronchitis, used thyme and ivy syrup to treat this infection over ten days with age-appropriate doses. After the ten day period, patients saw clear improvements in their symptoms because of the syrup.[v]
One reason thyme may provide relief to the respiratory system is because of the active ingredient in thyme, thymol increases the production of mucus in the bronchi protecting the lungs from further foreign invaders and damage. [iv]
Thyme Oil for Oral Hygiene
There’s a reason one of thyme’s active ingredients, thymol, is found in mouthwash. It provides protection against mouth invading bacteria.
Since thyme has antibiotic properties, it’s a natural and effective way for protecting our teeth from cavities and gingivitis which are caused by bacteria like Streptococcus mutans and Porphyromomans gingivalis. Thyme is an effective medicinal herb for inhibiting and destroying these bacteria among others so they can’t do further damage to your teeth and gums.[vi]
Antidiarrheal in Pigs
In a study on 144 pigs, the active ingredient in thyme, thymol, along with benzoic acid was used to treat diarrhea for 42 days in a controlled environment. After using a benzoic acid to thymol ratio of 2000mg/kg to 100mg/kg, the researchers found that thymol and benzoic acid were effective treatments for helping pigs diarrhea. So, while pigs and humans work in different ways, our mammalian relatives share some similar traits suggesting that thyme is effective for warding off diarrhea in us as well. [ix]
Thyme is also expected to be effective for treating: [vii]
- Stomach pain
- Sore throat
- Intestinal gas
- Increasing urine flow
- Fungal Infections
All the proven benefits, along with these suspected benefits makes up a medicinal herb that should be part of your daily routine as it’s a dynamic and holistic way to address frequent and potential health problems.
How to Use Thyme
Thyme essential oil shouldn’t be ingested or used topically without diluting it in a carrier oil like olive or almond oil, as it can be harmful on its own and can be an irritant in high concentrated doses.
1-2 grams of extract should be used for every 1 cup of water, three times a day. [vi]
For a nice calming tea, use about 1-2 grams of the dried herb in about half a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes to infuse its benefits into the water. Then strain it, and drink as often as necessary. [vi]
Put 5 grams of the dried leaf per 100ml to infuse its benefits. Then strain the leaves out of the water. [vi]
A thymol tincture can also provide benefits by extracting the biologically active compounds like thymol and carvacrol. These are available at health food stores. A recommended dose is 1/3 to 1 tsp. three times a day. Make sure you dilute the tincture in water as pure thyme oil can cause vomiting and dizziness. [viii]
Since thymol and other active properties need to be in concentrated doses, thyme tinctures and essential oils are effective but they can be dangerous if not used properly. Before using them make sure you: [vi]
- Avoid ingestion and topical application without dilution
- Don’t put near injured skin
- Use with caution when ingesting them when you have gastrointestinal irritation or ulcers
- Avoid if you have a thyroid disorder
- Ask your doctor what the right dose is if any
Furthermore, like anything good you still have to consume it in moderation. High doses of thyme can lead to heartburn, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, headache, and dizziness. So, while thyme is a medicinal herb and natural antibiotic it needs to be taken responsibly to give you its benefits on a consistent basis.
This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Essential oils are very highly concentrated and potent and it is important to always check the specific safety data provided. Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. For external use only. Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye, wash out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water.
Some oils may cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. It is recommended to perform a patch test before use. To patch test, place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.
We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils except while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner.
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[ii] Hotta M, Nakata R, Katsukawa M, Hori K, Takahashi S, Inoue H. Carvacrol, a component of thyme oil, activates PPAR and and suppresses COX-2 expression. The Journal of Lipid Research. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19578162. 2009;51(1):132-139. doi:10.1194/jlr.m900255-jlr200.
[iii] Lipski E. Digestive Wellness. 4th ed. McGraw Hill; :72-76.
[iv] Lezak, M.D M. Herbal Antimicrobials For Intestinal Infections. 1st ed. Advanced Nutrition Publications Inc.; 2000:1-6. Available at: http://www.oakwayhealthcenter.com/store/MET_Antimicrobials-for-Intestinal-Infections.pdf. Accessed May 23, 2017.
[v] Marzian O. Treatment of acute bronchitis in children and adolescents. Non-interventional postmarketing surveillance study confirms the benefit and safety of a syrup made of extracts from thyme and ivy leaves. MMW Fortschr Med. 2007 Jun;149(27-28 Suppl) 69-74. PMID: 17619603.
[vi] Basch E, Ulbricht C, Hammerness P, Bevins A, Sollars D. Thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.), Thymol. Journal Of Herbal Pharmacotherapy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15273078. 2004;4(1):49-67. doi:10.1300/j157v04n01_07.
[vii] Garg N, Abdel-Aziz S, Aeron A. Microbes In Food And Health. 1st ed. Springer; 2016.
[viii] Marie J. What Are the Benefits of Tincture of Thyme?. LIVESTRONGCOM. 2013. Available at: http://www.livestrong.com/article/435732-what-are-the-benefits-of-tincture-of-thyme/. Accessed May 23, 2017.
[ix] Diao H, Zheng P, Yu B, et al. Effects of Benzoic Acid and Thymol on Growth Performance and Gut Characteristics of Weaned Piglets. Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences. 2015;28(6):827-839. doi:10.5713/ajas.14.0704.
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