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Thyme

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Thyme Nutritional Information (per 100g)

Water: 65.1 g
Calories: 101 kcal
Protein: 5.6 g
Carbohydrate: 24.5 g
Dietary fiber: 14 g
Fat: 1.7 g
Saturated fat: 0.5 g
Monounsaturated fat: 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5 g
Vitamin C: 160.1 mg
Vitamin B2: 0.5 mg
Vitamin B3: 1.8 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.3 mg
Vitamin B9: 45 μg
Vitamin A: 238 μg
Calcium: 405 mg
Iron: 17.5 mg
Magnesium: 160 mg
Phosphorus: 106 mg
Potassium: 609 mg
Sodium: 9 mg
Zinc: 1.8 mg

This strong-smelling, woody herb may seem a little alien to many people, often lounging around in the back of the cupboard because we’re not quite sure what to do with it. Thyme, however, is an awesome, often undervalued herb that not only makes food taste great, but has a number of scientifically proven health benefits to boot!

Clear Up Acne. According to research carried out by Kimberley Sanderson at Leeds Metropolitan University, a tincture made from thyme can help to clear up acne far better than prescription creams or facial wash can. A number of tinctures were made using different plants, all of which were found to be effective at killing the bacteria that causes acne, but the most effective by far was the thyme tincture.

Can Help Clear Up Infection. In 2012, a study that had examined the effects of thyme essential oils on a number of bacterial strains. The researchers extracted bacteria from participants who had infections in their mouth, stomach, respiratory and urinary tracts, skin and from the hospital environment in which they were staying.

The team found that thyme essential oil significantly prevented the growth of all the bacterial strains tested, which suggests that thyme is an excellent natural antimicrobial that could be used in place of artificially engineered pharmaceuticals.

Lower Blood Pressure. Six essential oils, including thyme, were examined by researchers to determine their chemical composition, as well as their propensity to reduce hypertensive – blood pressure – activity in rat aortas. It was found that the higher the level of antioxidants the plant oils had, the better their anti-hypertensive abilities. The results showed that the thyme oil was one of the best at reducing hypertensive activity, with bay laurel being the other.

Boost Your Mood. A 2013 study has examined how carvacrol, which is found in thyme essential oil, affects the levels of the feel-good chemicals dopamine and serotonin in the brains of rats. The results showed that regular consumption of low levels of carvacrol could boost moods and effect a feeling of well-being.