Thyme the herb for the spirit and the body.
Scientific name: Thymus vulgaris.
Useful parts: Leaves and flower peaks.
There are lots species of thyme all over the world and probably have the most pharmaceutical uses too. In the past, people knew about the thyme benefits and those who wanted to have more energy used to bath water with thyme. In middle ages, soldiers went to wars with a wreath of thyme to have more stamina, power, and in balance with body and spirit. Not very long ago in the hospital’s doctors, used thyme solution for decontamination before a surgery. Now we mostly use thyme in our food, which is great because contains vitamin A and vitamin C.
Thyme contains a substance called thymol that has many benefits, for example, it can help with the digestions of fats and prevent food poisoning. For this reason, thyme oil which is about 39% of thymol finds many uses. However, wild thyme contains more thymol and have more anti-bacterial properties. Also, the antiseptic properties of thyme oil are more than 23 times than the phenol hydrogen peroxide and potassium permanganate.
This aromatic short bush can grow up to 36-40 cm. From May to October is the flowering season and depending on the species the flowers have different colours (red, white and purple). If you are planning to grow thyme, here’s a tip never start from seeds it will take you forever. So, start from cutting or buy one is very cheap. Always keep the soil moist but not too much and give it a stop with full sunlight, because it prefers hot and dry conditions (use lean soil).
Uses and thyme benefits:
- For depression, stress and headache.
- For hypotensive and people with anemia.
- To stop hair loss.
- For pulmonary infections, cough, bronchitis, sore throats and flu.
- For skin diseases, burns and wounds.
- Tonic for the nerves, boost your mood and spiritual clarity.
- For blood circulation (lowers blood pressure) and to lower cholesterol levels.
- For Arthritis pains and muscle pains.
- To stop diahhrea, internal gasses and can fight intestinal parasitic worms.
- In some stages of cancer can fight cancerous cells.
How to use thyme:
For internal uses: heat water and put a brunch of thyme, for each cup use a different brunch. When is heated remove from fire put the brunch let it for cool for 10 minutes, then drink it (you can put 1 tsp of honey) To use it effectively you must drink 3 cups 30 minutes before or after each meal. Also, you can put other herbs to have a better quality. And this is the most effective way to use it.
For external uses: as a cream, we cut fresh thyme in water and heat at medium temperature. Also, don’t put too much water keep it minimum. Next, take some cotton and soak in the mixture and use it. For hair loss put 1/3 of cup thyme in 1 litre of water and boil until the half is left. After, you wash your hair put the mixture for 3-5 minutes and rinse with clean water.
Side effects: internal uses of thyme in high quantities can lead to poison, dizziness, diarrhea and puke.
Some other thyme benefits and uses: we use it in our bath. For a better quality of sleep just put 3 branches under your pillow. Another use of thyme you never heard before is, that if someone is alcoholic and wants to stop drinking wild thyme can help him. When he will start drinking he will have pukes, dizziness and diarrhea in general disgust for alcohol. For this to work he must drink wild thyme tea for at least 3 weeks.