Uses of Thyme Plant

The thyme plant is a powerful storehouse of health-enhancing phytochemicals, with 28 antioxidants, 26 anti-inflammatories, 33 anti-bacterials and 25 antispasmodics! Fighting infections, strengthening the immune system, improving the skin, reducing high blood pressure, this familiar cooking herb provides a myriad of medicinal uses for the human body. It may also be used for acne, candidiasis, asthma and as a cleansing herb for tired and toxic bodies, with four laxative and eight diuretics chemicals.

Uses of thyme

Thyme has anti-cough and anti-flu properties. It also helps with pain because of its anti-inflammatory property, digestion and stomach problems. Chop up the leaves and place in a salad or in soups or use the leaves in teas, infusions and to make tinctures or glycerines.

As well as sore throats coughs and colds, thyme tea can be used to reduce fevers and indigestion. Cooled thyme tea can be used as an antiseptic wash to treat bruises and inflammation, cuts and abrasions. Rubbing thyme oil into the skin (external use only) is known to benefit people suffering from headaches and muscular soreness.

Thyme is an herb from the Mint family and will affect the thyroid in a negative way if used a lot by people who suffer from any thyroid problem.

Growing thyme

There are many kinds of thyme, but here we are discussing common thyme, or thyme vulgaris. The small, dark green leaves of this small shrub are aromatic and attractive. Bees are drawn to thyme, whilst cabbage worms are repelled. Grow thyme in a sunny and sheltered position, in loamy soil.

Grow common thyme from seed in Spring or cuttings in Spring or Autumn. It can be grown in pots and hanging baskets. Stems of thyme plants will rot if left to sit in water, so make sure the soil is well-drained.

Safe use of herbs

We do not diagnose or prescribe, and we strongly urge you to see your healthcare professional if you are suffering from any condition or chronic illness. Herbs can be dangerous if not identified or used correctly. Herbs do not replace advice or treatment from your healthcare professional. Please read this important caution regarding the safe use of herbs. Thyme’s phytochemicals and phytochemical properties are selectively cited by the author from the Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases, http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/plants.html, Jim Duke and Mary Jo Bogenschutz.

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