Packed with a number of health-benefiting phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals, thyme is regarded as a wonder herb for health. One of the most popular among culinary herbs, thyme first found its roots in southern Europe and the Mediterranean region.
The herb has a strong lingering fragrance, which was thought to alleviate depression. This property made thyme a favorite among ancient Romans as an effective remedy to treat melancholy.
The various health benefits of thyme are as follows.
- Thyme is rich in thymol, an essential oil that acts as a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and antioxidant. Thymol forms an active ingredient of mouthwashes (Listerine) and protects against inflammation of the mouth and throat infections.
- The leaves are rich in potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and selenium. Potassium maintains blood pressure and controls heart rate. Iron is required to keep your blood healthy, while calcium and magnesium keep the bones and teeth strong.
- Vitamin C present in thyme helps the human body ward off infectious bugs and scavenge pro-inflammatory free radicals.