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Helping Inflammation and Pain Using Thyme
In a generation that is seems to be focused on "sick care" rather than health care, many people are looking for safe, alternative ways to easy discomfort and pain without some of the debilitating side effects of prescription medications.
When it comes to inflammation and pain, the herb Thyme contains COX-2 inhibitors. What the COX-2 enzyme does is act as a non-steroidal anti inflammatory in the body. In a recent study, Thyme oil was shown to reduce COX-2 levels by close to 75%. Thyme was also considered to be an analgesic, in days past.
Below are several ways to use Thyme in various ways to aid in many different ailments.
Mix thyme with honey and sage, take a teaspoon as needed.
Make a soak of thyme and warm water.
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Mix 4 tbs. rubbing alcohol with 2 tbs. of dried thyme. The thyme will give the added benefit of the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
After you finish brushing your teeth, combine a drop of thyme essential oil into a 1/4 cup of water. Swish it around in your mouth several times, and spit it out. Do this every time you brush your teeth. (FYI, the mouthwash Listerine has what's called thymol, this is the most active constituents that is in thyme.)