Anti-Viral Plants 2: Thyme

(Thymus vulgaris)

The aromatic thyme is a native of southern and eastern Europe, it has been used as a culinary herb and in traditional medicine for many centuries.

Thyme leaves are typically used in herbal medicine.

Scientific evidence

Numerous clinical works published around the world, show that the plant is capable of immunomodulatory, antiallergic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activity.

Thyme, its main ingredients

Its main active ingredients are from thymol and carvacrol, flavonoids as apigenin and luteolin, rosmarinic acid, vitamin B1, vitamin C, manganese.

Pharmacological activity

Anti-inflammatory activity
Thyme has anti-inflammatory action as inhibitor of prostaglandin biosynthesis thanks to carvacrol and rosmarinic acid.

Antiviral activity
Its anti-viral action is promoted by its anti-inflammatory action that
can be attributed to echinacin ingredient because it stimulates the mechanisms of the body’s immune system.
Thyme and its biological actives ingredients produce an increase in the level of interferon. Interferon is a natural cell’s defense that forms in response to a virus attack.

Thyme is especially indicated for *common cold, influenza, upper respiratory tract, particularly those with irritative cough, laryngitis, bronchitis, asthma, emphysema.

*common cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory system, caused primarily by rhinoviruses and coronaviruses.

Almu Rodriguez

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