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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Benefits of Thyme

  • The spice Thyme is a seasoned and versatile healer. Herbal experts maintain that thyme may soothe your tummy, relieve toothache, and treat menstrual problems. Thyme is also nutritious. Ounce for ounce, it contains 100 times as much chromium and 400 times as much manganese as meat.
  • Every part of the thyme plant is useful as a medicinal herb, although the leaves and flowers are much more important than the stems. There are several ways to use the entire herb.
  • If you want to treat indigestion, make an infusion by adding ½ ounce of thyme to a pint of boiling water. Steep it for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy it warm or cool. Drink up to 2 cups a day.
  • Thymol, the essential oil in thyme, has been found to relax the smooth muscles of the stomach and to release gas from the stomach.
  • A tea made of 1 tsp of thyme leaves steeped in 1 cup of boiling water may be used as bronchodilator. Thyme acts as an expectorant and bronchodilator and as an antiseptic and helps clear mucus from the respiratory system.
     

  • You can also try the tea to calm a cough. Thyme is used in a number of commercial cough and bronchitis medications.
  • Thyme poultices have been used for treating inflammation, sores, burns, eczema and psoriasis. You can make a poultice by mashing the leaves into a paste and applying it to the skin. Be aware, however, that thyme can irritate sensitive skin.
  • Do not take thyme oil internally. It can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and muscle weakness.

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