Thyme is a plant from the mint family with a hot and dry temperament. This is a wild herb that thrives in the mountain climate. Thyme possesses many medicinal properties. There are 14 wild strains of this plant in Iran. Thyme plants are compact shrubs, meaning they are usually small in size (6-12 inches). In the following, you can find out more about this herb as one of the most useful Iranian herbs.
Thyme’s Healing Properties
In general, this medicinal herb can boost cardiovascular function and the overall health of vital organs. These include:
- Immune system
- Respiratory System
- Digestive System
- Nervous System
In addition, thyme has antibacterial, antibiotic, and analgesic (pain-relief) properties.
Thyme’s Medicinal Properties
There are numerous medicinal properties attributed to this plant in traditional Iranian medicine, we will suffice to mention a few properties:
Thyme’s Skin Care Properties
The effectiveness of thyme in rejuvenating the skin has made skincare one of the well-known properties of thyme. Due to the antibacterial properties of thyme, it can be used as a skin toner. Combining the powder of this plant with other ingredients or using it alone is a suitable skin mask for the face. The thyme face mask has anti-inflammatory and anti-wrinkle properties. Also, the mask of this plant can be used for all types of skin.
Thyme for Hair Care and Hair Growth
Thyme essential oil is one of the most nutritious supplements for hair growth and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Thyme essential oil can be applied directly or mixed with other essential oils to help prevent hair loss, thicken hair strands, and help you get rid of dandruff.
Control High Blood Pressure and Lower Cholesterol
Thyme is very effective in lowering blood pressure. Also, it is very useful for reducing the heart rate of people suffering from high blood pressure. According to numerous research findings, thyme has a positive impact on reducing blood cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein.
Thyme, a Natural Anti-Oxidant
Many research projects have focused on the healing properties of this amazing herb. They found that it has amazing anti-oxidant properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Chinese researchers have discovered that the main reason for thyme’s anti-oxidant and cancer-prevention properties is the presence of the chemical compound Carvacrol. Thyme is specifically effective in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer.
Thyme’s Impact on Weight Loss
Thyme is one of Iran’s traditional medicinal herbs that was recommended for fat loss and weight loss in Traditional Iranian Medicine. The reasons for its impact on weight loss are
- Boosting metabolism
- Diuretic properties (boosts bladder and kidney activity, detoxing the body)
- Improving digestion
- Relieve constipation
Thyme is specially recommended for people with a cold temperament who want to lose weight. Drinking a cup of thyme tea has a very positive effect on losing weight.
Thyme Can Help Relieve Menstrual Cramps
The components present in this herb and its hot and dry temperament have proven effective in reducing menstrual pain. Drinking thyme tea is a great remedy for reducing menstrual pains.
Boosting the Immune System
One of the main properties of thyme boosting the body’s immune system. Its tea is one of the best natural medicines for the common cold. This herb is very useful for improving the immune system because it contains the following:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Thymol oil
Due to thyme’s hot temperament, it is better for people who have a hot temper to avoid consuming it a lot.
Thyme in Iranian Food Boosts Digestion
There are essential fats in thyme that prevent inflammation and stomach bloating. This plant is also effective in treating indigestion and gastric ulcer.
Thyme Benefits for Bone Density
Thyme is rich in nutrients that impact bone growth and density. Therefore, it is useful in preventing Osteoporosis. These nutrients are:
- Vitamin K
The Thyme in Iranian Food Improves Oral Health
Thyme tea or extract, with its antibacterial and antibiotic properties, is a great natural mouthwash to help get rid of bad breath. Using thyme essential oil as a mouthwash helps eliminate bacteria in the mouth and plaque, tooth decay, and mild cases of gingivitis.
It is true that the thyme herb is known as a traditional and medicinal plant in Iran and has many properties, but it can be harmful in some cases. It is recommended to avoid using this plant during pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you have a hot temperament, you should be careful not to overconsume thyme. The consumption of this herb is also not recommended for children below ten.
Find Out About Traditional Iranian Medicine
We at Destination Iran recommend that you take a step in learning about Iranian intangible cultural heritage by reading about Traditional Iranian Medicine, which has a long history of being intertwined with Iranian culture.
If you travel to different regions of Iran, you will find that people use traditional medicinal herbs for healthcare, remedies, and treatment. You can also help boost local economies by purchasing indigenous traditional medicine and herbs and learn more about it from the vendors.