Thyme: properties, use, nutritional values

Thyme, or thyme officinalis (Thymus vulgaris) it is a shrubby plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family, which also includes mint.

If you present with ramifications rich in leaves with a green-gray color, while the thyme flower has a characteristic pink-lilac color.

Thyme is mainly used as an aromatic herb, but it is also known as a medicinal plantin fact, its properties are numerous.

Let's find out better.

  • What is thyme used for?
  • Properties and benefits of thyme
  • Nutritional values ​​of thyme
  • How is thyme grown?
  • What does the thymus symbolize?
  • Contraindications of the thymus

What is thyme used for?

The thyme it has a characteristic taste, similar to that of oreganotherefore, it is mainly used as an aromatic herb in the preparation of savory dishes, such as baked potatoes, salads, meat, fish or summer vegetables, such as tomatoes, courgettes and peppers.

Moreover, it is rich in beneficial properties for health and can be used in the form of an infusion or essential oil.


Properties and benefits of thyme

Thyme is useful not only for flavoring your dishes and make them tastier, but also to improve certain symptoms or health ailments.

Let's see what its main properties are:

  • Improve heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Improve cholesterol.
  • Counter cough and respiratory tract infections.
  • Contrasts acne.
  • Antimicrobial.
  • Anti-inflammatory.

The properties, use and contraindications of thyme essential oil


Nutritional values ​​of thyme

  • 100 g of fresh thyme provide:
  • 91 kcal
  • 3 g protein
  • G carbohydrates 15,1
  • Simple sugars 15,1 g
  • 2,5 g fat
  • Fiber 12,3 g


How is thyme grown?

IThyme grows naturally in arid environments or stony and does not require much care or particular environmental conditions, therefore, it is very easy to grow in the garden or even on the terrace.

Sowing must be done in spring, or, you can buy the plant ready to be transplanted into your garden or terrace pot.

When the seedling is very young, it is necessary to water it often, while once they have reached a decent size, it can be watered only in case of drought.

A very special variety of thyme that can be grown in pots, is that of lemon thyme, from the characteristic lemon flavor.


What does the thymus symbolize?

In Greece, thyme was considered a symbol of courage, so much so that the Greek soldiers used to rub thyme leaves on their chests or get wet with thyme water before going into battle


Contraindications of the thymus

Worn out in adequate quantities the thymus has no contraindications.

In case of excessive consumption, can cause skin irritation, gastrointestinal upset or headache.


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Antifungal activity of thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) essential oil and thymol against moulds from damp dwellings, Letters in applied microbiology

Pharmacological evaluation of antihypertensive effect of aerial parts of Thymus linearis benth, Acta poloniae pharmaceutica

Efficacy and tolerability of a fluid extract combination of thyme herb and ivy leaves and matched placebo in adults suffering from acute bronchitis with productive cough. A prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, Arzneimittel-Forschung

Carvacrol, a component of thyme oil, activates PPARα and γ and suppresses COX-2 expression, Journal of lipid research

Origanum vulgare L. Essential Oil as a Potential Anti-Acne Topical Nanoemulsion—In Vitro and In Vivo Study, Molecules

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