Greek Thyme: Cooking and Medicinal Infomation

Thyme is one of the most important herbs commonly used in Greece. Thyme has also been used for medicinal purposes. Here are some benefits of using Greek Thyme.


1. Using Thyme to Lower Blood Pressure

Diet plays a significant role in controlling high blood pressure. According to studies, using thyme can help control high blood pressure. Not just blood pressure, thyme can help control cholesterol levels too.


2. Wound Healing

The antiseptic compounds – caryophyllene, camphene and thymol – found in Thyme will guard wounds against infections and speed up healing.


3. Digestive Health

Thyme benefits the digestive system by promoting the overall well-being of the digestive tract. One of the active compounds, thymol, stimulates peristaltic muscle movements so that food is not held in the stomach for prolonged periods of time. The antispasmodic action of this herb can relieve intestinal cramping and reduce bloating from malabsorption. Also known as a carminative, Thyme helps to prevent the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract and supports the removal of excess gasses which helps to combat flatulence.

4. Respiratory Health/Cough Suppressant

Thyme is rich in plant phenols such as thymol and carvacrol which are powerfully anti-spasmodic, making them potent cough suppressants. The antibacterial and expectorant qualities of this herb thin the mucus that the cough is trying to expel, whilst gently healing and soothing the bronchial tract. As a result of the overwhelming research, Thyme oil is approved by Germany’s “Commission E” in the treatment of bronchitis, whooping cough and upper respiratory inflammation.


5. Thyme to get rid of pests

Thymol is also an ingredient in many pesticides — both outdoor and indoor — and is commonly used to target bacteria and viruses, as well as rats, mice, and other animal pests.

A recent study shows that thyme extract can repel mosquitoes, but growing it in your garden isn’t enough. In order to get the best pest fighting results, rub thyme leaves between your hands to release the essential oil.

6. Using Thyme for Good Food 

Thyme is a wonderful ingredient that’s used in cuisines around the world, particularly in France, Italy, and across the Mediterranean.

Fresh leaves or whole sprigs can be used while preparing meat or poultry. Thyme is also an excellent ingredient to use with fish, like in this heart-healthy white fish recipe.

Good food would boost your mood. If you are having a bad day, make yourself a bowl of whole-wheat macaroni and cheese with mushrooms and thyme.

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