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Cathy Wong, ND

Thyme Oil May Target Inflammation

By February 1, 2010

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New research shows that thyme oil may help combat inflammation, a process thought to play a role in the onset of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and a host of other health problems. In a recently published study, scientists found that compounds in thyme oil can suppress COX-2 (an enzyme known to promote inflammation).

In lab tests, investigators discovered that a number of essential oils (including rose and eucalyptus) oil reduced COX-2 expression in cells by at least 25 percent. But thyme oil proved even more powerful, decreasing COX-2 levels by almost 75 percent.

Used in aromatherapy and other forms of alternative medicine, essential oils are potent substances extracted from a plant's flowers, leaves, stems, buds, branches, or roots. Although its health effects have yet to be extensively studied, thyme oil has long been used to treat conditions such as cough, bronchitis, and indigestion in herbal medicine.

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February 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm
(1) mary jenson says:

This is very intriguing. I’ve been researching inflammation diets with consideration of reducing blood pressure and heart disease. I wish these about sites would mention their research sources so this information could be substantiated and followed-up.

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