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Thyme - Useful Properties and Contra-Indications

Among the natural herbs that are used in folk-medicine, or as spices and seasonings, there is a fairly common species − a thyme, or, as it is also called, a mother-of-time. This plant has a rich history because it has been used for many years. The plant has a strong and steady odor, as well as a spicy taste. On the territory of modern Europe it has been growing for a long time, but the true place of origin of this grass is the Central Asia. However, this plant's properties are the most useful from the scientific point of view.

Since the discovery of this plant, it has already been used as a medicine drug. In addition, the thyme often became a symbol of the sacred rites or medical procedures that helped get rid of leprosy, spoilage or paralysis. Well, let us take a look at the useful properties of this thyme, and learn what it can cure. 

Useful Composition of Miracle Herb 

The thyme contains many different acids. In particular, there are: 

- the quinic acid; 
- the coffee and the oleic acids; 
- the chlorogenic acid; 
- the ursolic acid and others. 

Also, there are various essential oils and tannins. Naturally, you cannot do without the minerals − potassium and magnesium, calcium and other minerals are present. The composition of the thyme also includes proteins and fats, along with carbohydrates, dietary fibre and cymene, and so on. And, of course, the most important components are the vitamins − in particular, a large amount of vitamin B (its varieties), as well as a significant part of vitamins C and E, A and K. As for calories, there are about 70 kcal in thyme. 

Useful Properties of Thyme 

The useful properties of thyme concern many systems of functioning and vital activity of the body. It helps with various diseases and their prevention, and can also act as a medicine even for chronic diseases. The thyme is very effective in the whooping cough or the bronchial asthma. It is quite useful in the viral diseases, and is used in this plan as one of the main drugs. The thyme is also helped against the angina or fever, the various types of influenza and with a common cold. By the way, to fight the flu, the mother-of-thyme is used as one of the most important medicine to fight this disease. This plant is useful in the development or chronic ailments, associated with the genitourinary system and is also good for the bile ducts. 

The thyme prevents the development of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract organs. So, in a short time, you can feel the ease of work of the stomach and intestines, the timely functioning of the pancreas and so on. This thyme is also beneficial for external organs and tissues of the body. Its benefits are noted during such diseases as dermatomycosis of the head, dermatitis; the tinctures of thyme are useful for hair and scalp, helping get rid of the possible appearance of dandruff or the other signs of unhealthy skin − lichens, fungus and so on. The use of thyme is also observed in more serious diseases, such as the shortness of breath or the tuberculosis. The thyme is used against the genyantritis as well as the sinusitis. Helps relieving the increased pressure that appears due to the development of diseases associated with heart failure. The thyme has a soothing effect on the central nervous system, helping with nerves or convulsive seizures, with the insomnia and other nervous disorders. 

Often, the mother-of-thyme is used as a means to disinfect the skin of the body. Especially, this applies to the newborn children if necessary to disinfect the baby's skin. In this case, the special baths are arranged, with the addition of this herb in which the baby is bathed. Similarly, the thyme is useful for washing the surface of ulcers or bruises, various skin diseases in adults. Also, this medicative herb is used as a means for the overall strengthening of the body, it is able to rid the person of vomiting and reduce the unpleasant odor in the oral cavity. By the way, as a rule, such unpleasant smell indicates the malfunctioning of any organ or system in the body. Therefore, in this case it is necessary to contact a qualified doctor as soon as possible. 

Contraindications to Use of Thyme 

However, surprising it may be, the thyme is contraindicated in some groups of people. For example, it is not recommended being used during pregnancy, with the kidney or liver disease. It is contraindicated even if there are the significant ulcers in the intestine or stomach. It is not necessary to use the thyme in the event that the functionality of the thyroid gland is reduced in the body. In the rest, a moderate dosage of the thyme will not bring absolutely any harm.

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