Thyme was used by the ancient Egyptians as part of the embalming process, and the ancient Greeks used it to fumigate against infectious illnesses. In today’s modern world, thyme is largely used for respiratory and digestive complaints.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), thyme is related to the lungs and large intestine. The yang qualities give it a warming and drying effect. It stimulates the immune system and the circulation.
Similarly, in Ayurvedic practices, thyme is associated with fire, wind, hot, dry, and light elements. It is classified as a pungent herb indicating it has a strong taste.
Thyme has lots of phyto-chemicals and nutrients available. It is antimicrobial, an antioxidant, an astringent and a great antiseptic which makes it an effective and cost efficient household cleaner.
Thyme is also an expectorant, so it is optimal to disperse congestion associated with colds, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory problems as well as viral infections. It can assist in reducing fever and headaches.
Fresh herbs are suitable to make a tea by adding several stems with leaves to a pot and allowing it to brew before sipping. You can add a little honey which can sweeten the taste. If preferable, you can always purchase thyme in tea bags or loose leaf for your convenience.
If using an essential oil, add it to an aromatherapy diffuser. This can assist to clear the nasal passages as well as to serve as a room disinfectant. You can add a few drops to a steam inhalation and breathe deeply. Add 3 drops to a bath, sit back and relax. Create your own lozenges, or a gargle for throat ailments such as tonsillitis. Please note – red thyme oil can be toxic if taken in large quantities, it should be diluted and avoided during pregnancy. White oil is less toxic but could cause irritation.
Should you decide to grow your own herbs you will have an instant medicinal tool kit at your disposal. Additionally, you can create some amazing flavours in the kitchen. Using fresh herbs regularly can be a great way to add greens to your food and receive the abundant nutrition available.
Choose wisely. Live vibrantly.
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