It’s Thyme…for you to prepare for winter colds and flu!

Thymus Vulgaris or commonly known as the culinary herb Thyme, but this pretty little herb is anything but common. Thyme, in my humble opinion is a ‘superherb’. Thyme is a member of the mint family and is native to the Mediterranean. There is only one plant thymus vulgaris, but the composition of the oil distilled from the plant, shows variations in chemical components based on the location or region the plant grows. Thyme is one of the most used herbs in Aromatherapy. If you’re wanting to use Thyme oil, I advise that you check with an Aromatherapist or Naturopath before using, to make sure that you have the correct component of oil for its use.

For the purpose of this blog, I want you to get an idea of how this herb is a superherb:

Thyme has fantastic

  • antiviral
  • antibiotic
  • antispasmodic
  • antiseptic
  • bactericidal
  • diuretic
  • fungicidal
  • expectorant  properties.

What better herb to have around during the long cold winter months during the flu and cold season.

  • Thyme helps to kill microbes, helps the body to eliminate toxins and boosts the immune system supporting the formation of white blood cells, increasing resistance from invading organisms, that can cause respiratory infections.
  • An excellent pulmonary disinfectant, thyme is useful against flu, sore throats, asthma, catarrh, coughs, laryngitis, whooping cough, and bronchitis.

Put a drop or two in a bowl of boiling water, throw a towel over your head and bowl, to make a tent, and inhale for stuffy nose, sore throat, congestion and coughs. For mouth and gum infections (such as thrush, gingivitis), use in toothpaste or mouthwash/gargle. As little as a .1 percent solution is effective.

A tea made by infusing the herb in water can be used for coughs and bronchitis.

One study by Leeds Metropolitan University found that thyme may be beneficial in treating acne

Why not grow your own? Thyme is best cultivated in a hot, sunny location with well-drained soil. It is generally planted in the spring, and thereafter grows as a perennial. It can be propagated by seed, cuttings, or by dividing rooted sections of the plant. It tolerates drought well. The plants can take deep freezes and are found growing wild on mountain highlands. Along the Riviera it is found from sea level and up to 800 m.

Honey from bees that feed on thyme flower nectar is a gourmet delight. Yet interestingly enough, insects are repelled by thyme. Make a cup of thyme tea, put it in a plant mister, and spray around doorways and windows in summer to repel insects. Smells great too.

You will find thyme a welcome flavor in salads, soups, chowders, sauces, breads, vegetable and meat dishes, and even jellies  and desserts. http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blthyme.htm

Important species and cultivars

For a longer list of species, see Thymus (genus).

Variegated lemon thyme

If you don’t like the taste of Thyme, there is another equally good superherb, for sore throats, coughs, colds and flu, take a look at our website:

outoftheboxremedies.com

To good health!

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About Tovah

Certified Substance Abuse and Addictions Professional, (CASAP) Although retired I still do voluntary work in my profession. For many years I've been a natural health enthusiast, using natural remedies and eating healthy natural organic food. I'd like to share some of my experiences about growing Organic Vegetables in small spaces, indoors and out.
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6 Responses to It’s Thyme…for you to prepare for winter colds and flu!

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    • Tovah says:

      I think I made it very clear in my post that anyone wanting to put Thyme Oil on their skin should consult an authority on these matters. The post I wrote is talking about fresh Thyme mainly to be used in food. Perhaps anyone with ACNE might try eating this herb in their recipes or making tea with it. To rely only on one herb which may be beneficial, acne sufferers need to look at their diet as a whole. Keeping away from trans-fats, sugars, processed foods and white procucts will also help the condition.

  2. Mable Andros says:

    Sore throat is normally associated with some other signs and symptoms, though it is sometimes unheard of, including the existence of pus on the tonsil area and drooling or frequent spitting. Moreover, someone in addition to sore throat may also experience a difficulty breathing due to the particular restricting from the air passage through the larynx or even pharynx.’

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    • Tovah says:

      Yes a sore throat can be an indication of something more serious. I love oregano as well. Used in boiling water and inhaling, clears the passages and opens the bronchial tubes relieving ticklish/spasmodic coughs. Thank you for stopping by. Your red clover tea article is very informative. Blessings

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