April 2012 - Herbs for Healing Newsletter in association with Transition Tradition:
Thyme and its medicinal benefits
...make time for thyme tea!
The common garden thyme loves poor stony soil, a
dry and warm place, and plenty of sun, the more sun
the better. It is indigenous to Mediterranean regions and
southern Europe, but grows here in Britain as well.
Bees and butterflies are particularly fond of thyme
because of its aroma and long flowering time, which
lasts from May to October.
As an aromatic herb it is used to flavour stews and
soups and many other savoury dishes.
Thyme is popular because it is a culinary and a
medicinal herb. As thyme is an evergreen one can
pick the herb all year round.
The herb has a pleasant
aromatic smell and a warm taste
which is due to its essential
oil, thymol. This oil, a powerful
antibacterial constituent is
often used in mouthwashes
According to Culpeper, thyme
is a noble strengthener of
the lungs, ..nor is there a
better remedy growing for
whooping cough. It purgeth
the body of phlegm and
is an excellent remedy for
shortness of breath..The herb taken
the stomach much,
and expels wind.
Culpeper stated this in the
Today thyme has the official approval of the
stringent European regulatory agency Commission
for treating bronchitis.
It has expectorant, antispasmodic, and antibacterial
properties. Thyme is a safe herb for young and old.
However it should not be taken in large amounts
during pregnancy, i.e. not more than 3 mugs of
thyme tea a day.
Thyme as an infusion
Thyme as an infusion or as a tincture is safe.Thyme essential
oil however must not be used internally. It can be used to
treat cuts and wounds to prevent and treat infections.
When you have infused the thyme leaves or thyme sprigs
in hot water, inhale the steam to help clear the sinuses, and
drink the infusion while it is still warm.
The volatile oils end up in the blood stream where they are released through the lung’s alveoli and have an antiseptic
effect on the respiratory system.
For an infusion pour a cup of boiling water over 2 to 4g
of fresh or dried thyme, leave to infuse for 10 minutes.
Drink 2 or 3 cups daily.
Try to avoid foods that are likely to encourage mucous
production, such as milk and milk products, meat and those
containing white flour, white sugar or food additives.
Fill a basin with hot water and a
handful of fresh or dried herbs.
Place a towel over your head
and the basin so you can
carefully breathe in the healing
steam and aroma.You can add other herbs to
the infusion: eucalyptus oil,
peppermint, or hyssop.
Thyme also helps to clear phlegm and
congestion. Excess phlegm is usually
a sign of an infection in the respiratory
system. The membranes that line the
passages of the throat, nose and lungs
become irritated and produce thick
mucous to get rid of the infection.
Apart from drinking thyme tea, fresh
air and regular out door exercise will
help to clear the airways and also help to prevent a further attack.