Thyme is an aromatic plant that is native to southern Europe. It needs to grow in a dry, warm and sunny climate in order to obtain its pungent aroma. It is cultivated in the Midi-Pyrénées region in France as well as in countries of the Mediterranean basin. It is widely used in cooking and in food supplements thanks to its many virtues.
What are the modes of consumption and use of thyme?
There are many ways to consume and use thyme in everyday life:
For the dishes: thyme is a plant widely used in the preparation of dishes. As a bouquet garni, it enhances the taste of stews and sauces.
In infusion: one of the most popular modes of consumption: herbal tea. We can add honey or lemon to the water with the thyme to enhance the taste of the infusion.
Inhaled: perfect for freeing the airways by heating thyme leaves with water.
Oil or vinegar: flavor vegetable oil or vinegar with thyme.
In the bath : we must place thyme in a cloth and position it under the water tap of the bathtub so that the plant takes care of our skin.
By deodorant: thyme fights against the bad smell of perspiration.
In liquor: the perfect digestive at the end of a meal, a thyme-based liqueur!
In essential oil: very effective external use, the essential oil of thyme relieves various ailments.
As a mask or face cream: thyme has a firming and antiseptic effect. It is particularly suitable for acne and oily skin.
Eliminates Odors: place thyme inside a garment or shoe to get rid of an unpleasant and lingering odor.
Thyme is good for health and has many benefits. We can benefit from this when we drink thyme tea:
Reduces bloating: thyme helps naturally fight against bloating and flatulence.
Regulates transit: moisturizing, thyme has slight laxative effects and thus helps to fight against constipation.
Stimulates heart function: thyme contains immunostimulant components thus increasing the resistance of the organism.
Soothes infections: thyme reduces cough and clears the airways during bronchitis or a cold.
Promotes sleep: unlike verbena, thyme tea has relaxing effects. Ingesting it after the meal makes it easier to fall asleep.
Thyme herbal tea: contraindications?
Thyme herbal tea is not recommended in certain cases that we will explain. Indeed, in too large quantities consumed thymol, which is a compound of thyme, can be dangerous and cause side effects.
Pregnant women : thymol can cause hormonal imbalances in pregnant women.
Cardiovascular problems: in people susceptible to these problems, the stimulatory properties of thyme can create adverse effects.
Against hypertension: thyme has a small hypertensive effect, so it should be taken with caution for a person with hypertension.
People with allergies: for people allergic to plants of the labiatae family (rosemary, mint, lavender…), it is better to avoid consuming thyme.
Children : be vigilant with respect to the consumption of thyme in children by taking into account, upstream, the medical advice of a doctor.
Thyme herbal tea: an ally to maintain good health?
Thyme is a plant, as we have seen, which has many beneficial benefits for the body and health. It is above all an effective remedy, during the winter, to free the airways and soothe coughs. It also has beneficial effects on stomach aches, transit, improves heart function and promotes sleep. Nevertheless, like all plants, it should be consumed with caution, especially for people with pathologies and one must remain vigilant as to the side effects it could cause.