Health, Skin and Hair benefits of Thyme

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Thyme has very good Fragrance and tastes delicious. This is used in the culinary due to its many health benefits. Thyme herb has phyto-nutrients minerals and vitamins that can add to good health. This herb plants has its origination from southern Europe and Mediterranean regions.

The thyme plant grows in shrub with thin woody base that has the length of 15 to 30 cm. thyme plant is light green in color with curved aromatic leaves. Thyme leaves and its flower tips are eaten fresh or dried.

This has many vital minerals and vitamins aid in good health. It is a good source of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, selenium, B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, and folic acid.

 USDA nutrition chart of thyme

Thyme (Dried)

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 tsp of ground


Amount Per Serving

Calories from Fat 1

Calories 4


% Daily Values*

Total Fat 0.1g



Saturated Fat 0.038g



Polyunsaturated Fat 0.017g



Monounsaturated Fat 0.007g


Cholesterol 0mg


Sodium 1mg


Potassium 11mg


Total Carbohydrate 0.9g



Dietary Fiber 0.5g



Sugars 0.02g


Protein 0.13g



Vitamin A 1%


Vitamin C 1%

Calcium 3%


Iron 10%


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. 

Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18

< 1%

of RDI*

(4 calories)

Description: 0% of RDI


Calorie Breakdown:


Carbohydrate (70%)


Fat (23%)


Protein (7%)


* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories

Here are the top health benefits of thyme:

1. Acne

Thyme can cure Propionibacterium acnes even better when compared to other acne prescription creams. Thyme has antibacterial properties like benzoyl peroxide in acne creams.

2. The tiger mosquito:

The Tiger mosquito -Aedes albopictus spread to the various parts of world and causes St. Louis encephalitis, dengue fever, Yellow fever virus, and Chikungunya fever. Thymol, alpha-terpinene, and carvacrol in thyme kill these Tiger mosquito larvae.

3. High blood pressure or hypertension:

Thyme has aqueous extract to lower blood pressure in hypertensive individuals.

4. Protecting from foodborne bacterial:

 Essential oils of thyme act as a natural preservative to prevent food from many foodborne bacteria that cause human illness. Thyme oil can lower the bacterial strains of Escherichia, Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, and Pseudomonas genera.

5. Colon cancer:

Thyme is also effective on colon cancers.

6. Breast cancer

Wild Thyme is effective on breast cancer activity to stop the spreading of breast cancer cells.

7. Yeast infection:

Candida albicans lead to mouth and vaginal yeast infections known as “thrush”. This can be treated by thyme essential oil. This can fight off with the C. albicans to cure yeast infection in the body.

8. Prolonging the stability of cooking oils:

Food processing and its storage lead to Lipid oxidation that loses thesafety, quality, stability, and nutritional value. Thyme extract can longer the stability of oil of sunflower.

9. Common skin problems:

Skin problems are very common in rural and urban areas. The traditional remedy from thyme plant is used as synthetic medications. Chamomile and thyme essential oil is antifungal cream that heals eczema-like lesions.

10. Bronchitis:thyme benefits

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Thyme can give you relief from cold, coughing, fever, and increase the production of sputum.

11. Hair loss:

Alopecia areata can be treated with thyme with other herbs. Apply lavender oil with rosemary, thyme, and cedar wood essential oil to the scalp to stimulate hair growth in just few months.

12. Improving movement disorders:

Dyspraxia in children can be cured with thyme oil with evening primrose oil, fish oils, and vitamin E. this can also improve the condition of movement disorders in children from dyspraxia.

13. Rich in nutrients:

Thyme contains flavonoids with antioxidant capacity. This is good source of manganese and vitamin K that has antioxidant properties. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage and oxidative stress and lower the risk of cancer, heart disease and aging process.

14.  Anti-inflammatory benefits:

Thyme includes anti-inflammatory properties to cure chronic inflammation of the body. 

15.  A healthy heart:

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Thyme contains antioxidant property and anti-inflammatory effects to treat cardiovascular disease like chronic inflammation and heart disease. 

16. Fight off bacteria:

Thyme has antibacterial properties to fight off many bacteria and fungi.  Thyme oil extract can be used to fight from antibiotic-resistant strains of many bacteria.

17.  Breathe easy:

Thyme improves your respiratory health and is traditional medicine to treat coughs and bronchitis. Drink thyme tea with few leaves in hot water to cure respiratory problems and cold.

18.  Get some iron:

Thyme is high in iron content that adds to your 20% of the daily recommended iron for an adult. Iron produces energy; whine iron deficiency can cause anaemia, fatigue and low immunity.

19.  Feel it in your bones:

Thyme improves your bone’s health, since it is high in vitamin K, iron, calcium and manganese. These vital nutrients aid in good bone growth and reduce the risk of bone related disease.

20.  Skin health:

Thyme fights bacteria causing acne. Herbs like thyme are beneficial on the skin than many other skin products for its anti-inflammatory properties.

21. Promotes good health:

Thyme has active principles to prevent many diseases and health problems.

22. Antiseptic:

Thyme herb contains thymol, antiseptic, anti-fungal properties.

23. Antioxidant:

Thyme contain good amount of flavonoid phenolic antioxidants such as zea-xanthin, lutein, pigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin. Fresh thyme herb has antioxidant levels compared to all other herbs.

24. Potassium:

Potassium content in thyme is important component of the cell and body fluids to control the heart rate and blood pressure.

 25. Manganese:

Thyme contains manganese used by our body as a co-factor like antioxidant enzyme and superoxide dismutase.

26. Iron:

Iron in thyme is required for the formation of your red blood cell.

27. stress- buster:

Thyme gives you 0.35 mg of vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine that is 27% of your daily recommended intake. Pyridoxine is useful to maintain GABA levels in the brain known for stress buster.

28. Vitamin C:

Vitamin c in thyme is good for the human body to develop resistance for infectious agents and harmful scavenge.

29. Essential for vision:thyme for good vision

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Thyme has good amount of Vitamin A that fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant. This is good for healthy mucus membranes and your skin. This help to check on your vision.

30. Lung and oral cavity cancers:

Eat thyme that is rich in flavonoids like vitamin A and beta-carotene used for protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.

31. omega-3 fatty acids:

Drink thyme tea that contains thymol- a potent antioxidant. This boosts the omega-3 fatty acids and good fats in the brain cells. Thyme oil protects from age-related changes in the brain cell.

32. Alzheimer’s disease:

Thyme reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Thyme tea contains apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin.

33. Soothes Coughs:

Drink a cup of thyme tea for cold or cough. This treats bronchitis and relieves cough. This is also used in herbal preparations in relaxant and bronchodilatory effects.

34. Relieves Indigestion:

Thyme tea is helps in good digestion, relieving gas and bloating. The volatile oils in thyme reduce gas and are as an antispasmodic to get relieve from intestinal cramping.

35. Provides Essential Minerals:

2 tsp. of dried thyme gives 19.8% of the everyday recommended value of iron. Thyme tea has vitamin K that is required for blood clotting.  

36. Increase circulation:

Add thyme’s essential oils   in your soups and stews. This is used to increase the blood circulation.

37. Provides energy:

Thyme tea energizes the whole system and adds fortifying effect on the nervous system. This treats physical and mental exhaustion, pressure, tension, anxiety, and depression.

38. Relaxant action:

Thyme gets relief from winding and cramping in your stomach and bowel. This treats IBS, diarrhea, and bowel infections. This re-establishes a normal bacterial population in the gut.

 39. Nutrient rich for mind:

Thyme since olden days is used to maintain healthy mind.  

40. Diarrhea:

Thyme is very effective on Shigella sonnei that cause diarrhea. Wash lettuce in 1% thymol to the reduce number of Shigella bacteria. Hence, thyme essential oils act as a natural food preservatives.

41. Energy tonic:

Thyme is energy tonic and logger longevity. Thyme’s volatile oils contain antioxidant phenols and flavonoids with vitamins and a mineral to protect your DNA from oxidative damage.

42. Slow the ageing process:

Thyme contain volatile oils to  protect your  brain by boosting essential  omega-3 fatty acids in the brain, maintaining good body’s cells and slows the ageing process.

43. Damage from free radicals:

Fatty acids help to build cell walls and maintain brain structure, the nervous system and blood vessels. Since, it is a powerful antioxidant to protect these fats from the damage caused due to free radicals. This prevents from Alzheimer’s disease.

 44. for congested chest:

Thyme is antiseptic and antibiotic to treat cold, cough or sore throat. This cures bronchitis and coughs. For sore throat or congested chest drink thyme tea.

45. Fever:

Hot thyme tea can take with a bit of honey to lower down fever for perspiration.

46. Irritable bladder:

Drink lukewarm tea to teat cystitis and an irritable bladder. Combine thyme with marshmallow and couch grass to get rid of uric acid from your system.

47. Arthritis and gout:

Sometimes, thyme gives relief from arthritis and gout.

48. Aching joints and muscles:

Thyme can be mixed with warming liniments and lotions to rub on your aching joints and muscles.

49. Mouth ulcers:

Add Thyme tincture to little water. This is a good antiseptic lotion to treat cuts, grazes and mouth ulcers.

50. Athletes foot:

Thyme is anti-fungal to cure thrush and athletes foot.

51. Peaceful sleep:

Thyme is good to give you quick relief and peaceful sleep.

52. Thyme bath:

Tie 200g thyme sprigs and keep this in the warm water. Add drops of essential oil in milk and put this into the water.

53. Proper digestion:

Thyme helps in proper digestion of body fats. This can even be useful to digest mutton or pork. Thyme is a digestive tonic to increase your appetite.

54. Mouth health:

Thyme oil is required for your body and is also much toothpaste, mouthwashes and ointments. This is also best for gargle and mouthwash to prevent dental decay. This very effective to get rid of plaque formation, laryngitis, tonsillitis, sore throat, mouth sores and bad breath.

55. Skin problems:

Thyme is antiseptic that can be used as a poultice to cure insect bites, stings, mastitis, threadworm, wounds, hookworm and roundworm. This is beneficial to kill skin parasites- scabies and lice.

56. Sore eyes:

This herb can be used as eyewash to treat sore eyes.

57. Dandruff:thyme for dandruff

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Take thyme as a hair rinse to prevent dandruff.

58. Menstruation:

Thyme is antispasmodic to give relief to women during menstruation.

These above mentioned are various benefits of thyme intake. Enjoy thyme by including them in your diet to get many benefits for your body.


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