The Health Benefits of Thyme Leaf
Thyme is a perennial herb mostly found in the Europe and Asia. It has an intense and pungent odor.
Thyme has been in medicinal use for centuries as a cure for upper respiratory ailments like cough, runny nose, sore throat and also in lower respiratory diseases like asthma, for its decongestant properties. It has been symbolized as a source of courage and to ward of spirits.
Acne and Thyme
Acne Vulgaris is a common problem in pubertal life for both males and females. It presents as papular eruption (pimples) on the skin, most commonly involving the face, neck and front or back of chest. If not treated with medications properly, it leads to problems like scars and freckling of skin. Propionibacterium acne resides in the sebaceous glands as a common flora which causes flaring of the disease. A recent research study conducted at Leads Metropolitan University, UK, showed drastic effects in destroying the bacteria with thyme leaf. The results were even more interesting, pertaining to the fact that the thyme tincture had significantly lytic effects on bacteria as compared to the conventional therapeutic creams being used for Acne. A similar study was conducted at Cheju National University, Korea, validating the above mentioned facts. The study results demonstrated that thyme extract had potent antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties against Propionibacterium Acne.
Anti-oxidant and Antibacterial Activity A study was performed to measure the activity of thyme oil against two of the gram positive bacteria (Streptococcus Agalactiae and Staphylococcus Aureus) and two of the gram negative bacteria (E. coli and Klebsiella Pneumonia). Results showed that the thyme oil inhibited the activity of these bacteria most significantly of Streptococcus Agalactiae. Another study demonstrated thyme oil to be possessing effects as an antimicrobial agent. For its microbial activity to achieve, thyme should be utilized as nano-emulsions.
Activity against Atypical bacteria (Mycoplasma) Mycoplasma is an Atypical Bacteria, which is a culprit for causing infections involving many system organs. It makes the prognosis worse and difficult to treat when, is the sole cause of Pneumonia in elderly males. A research study conducted at Towson University, USA, showed that aqueous extract of thyme plant was active against inhibiting the growth of Mycoplasma species. However, it also inhibited the growth of E. Coli ( major cause of Diarrhea, Pneumonia, Urinary tract infection).
Thyme as an Antifungal Agent A study suggested that Thyme oil could help boost up the innate immune response in killing Candida Albicans. Furthermore, the study also established that the results were comparable to fluconazole. Finally, it can be concluded that the Thyme extract has significant anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and therefore, based upon these research findings I won’t hesitate to name it either “Mint-biotic” or “Antibiotic Mint”.
Journal of General Applied Microbiology: Chemical composition and biological a ctivities of Jeju Thymus quinquecostatus essential oils against Propionbacterium species including acne.
BMC Complimentary & Alternative Medicine: In Vitro efficacy of antimicrobial extracts against the atypical ruminant pathogen Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. capri