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SUPERFOOD SERIES: Thyme

Posted by on 20th November 2018

thyme  SUPERFOOD SERIES: Thyme

Have you ever used Listerine mouthwash and Vicks VapoRub? Thymol, thyme’s most active ingredient, is used in both of these products because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. The fact that these classic, although not very natural, products choose to use thymol as a key ingredient speaks to the undeniable medicinal benefits of this versatile herb. Thymol effectively kills germs and infections in the mouth and protects the teeth from plaque and decay. It also kills fungi and is commercially added to hand sanitisers and antifungal creams.

Thyme oil is one of the strongest, natural antimicrobials, making it a serious weapon against sore throats. Its bacteria fighting carvacrol content is a major reason why it’s one of the top essential oils for sore throat relief.

The carvacrol found in this medicinal herb has also shown to have some very positive mood-boosting effects. Carvacrol is a brain-active molecule that clearly influences brain activity through the modulation of neurotransmitters. If thyme is regularly ingested in low concentrations, it has been suggested that it might improve feelings of wellbeing.

Back in the Roman era, it was consumed to prevent poisoning and put in baths to stop the effects of poisoning once it already happened. In the days before refrigeration and food safety laws, including it in recipes gave you at least some protection against spoiled meat and food-borne illness. Thyme has the ability not only to prevent food contamination, but to decontaminate previously contaminated foods as well. Prior to modern antibiotics coming on the scene, thyme oil was used to medicate bandages.

The ingestion of thyme has been shown to produce antihypertensive activity, which makes it a great herbal choice for anyone suffering from high blood pressure symptoms.

Thyme also contains a variety of flavonoids, including apigenin, naringenin, luteolin and thymonin. These flavonoids increase the herb’s antioxidant capacity.

In summary, thyme is excellent at supporting the immune and respiratory systems as well as the digestive, nervous and other body systems. It’s a serious powerhouse when it comes to staying healthy and thriving in The Brasserie’s greenhouse!