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Natural Home Remedies, Thyme

Updated on September 18, 2013

Natural Home Remedies , Thyme

Lemon Thyme Makes A Delicious Healthy Tea That Is Delicious And So Healthy For You.
Lemon Thyme Makes A Delicious Healthy Tea That Is Delicious And So Healthy For You.

Medicinal plants : Thyme

Thyme In Bloom In This Photo

Thyme In Bloom In This Photo
Thyme In Bloom In This Photo

Health Benefits Of Thyme

You can make a really simple tea out of thyme and use it for colds, coughs, and bronchitis. You just pick the thyme and its okay if it has flowers like in the photo above. You'll want to bring water to a boil and add your fresh thyme to the boiling water and then turn the heat off under the pot and cover the top of the pot with a plate.

This will cause the essential oils to come out of the thyme and go into the water. Let it set there for about 45 minutes. After 45 minutes pour through a fine wire mesh strainer into another pot and discard the thyme. Add lemon and honey to the pot of strained thyme water and bring your thyme tea back to a boil. You can now drink your thyme tea hot or you can pour the hot tea over ice. I like it hot as you get the best medicinal effect that way. It really will bring almost instant relief for bronchitis, coughs, and colds.

One really great thing about thyme tea is that it stops bronchial spasms and it also brings relief for itchy and runny eyes. In some locations thyme tea is given to children with parasites like ringworm, roundworm, and hookworm. They wet a cloth and lay it over the site of the ringworm on the skin.

I grow lemon thyme in my garden every year because it makes a wonderful tasting tea. If I feel myself coming down with a cold or cough in the winter months I add dried lemon thyme to my teapot and let it boil. I turn the heat off and let it set there 45 minutes. Then I strain the lemon thyme tea into a pitcher and then pour it back into the tea pot. Let it come to a boil again and add the juice of a fresh squeezed lemon and a couple tablespoons of honey. This drink brings almost immediate relief for coughs and colds and it will make you feel better in just a little while.

Did you know that in ancient Egypt that thyme was one of the main ingredients in the process of making a mummy. The Egytians also believed that you could hang sprigs of thyme up around your house and it would keep away death and evil spirits.

Thyme tea has also been used to treat lack of appetite, intestinal problems, diarrhea,menstrual cramps and various other health ailments. Thyme really does work well to bring relief for the symptoms of the common cold and the flu.

Thyme has antiseptic properties and thyme tea can be made into a great all natural mouth wash. Thyme has many uses and it really is good for you. Its one of the best herbs you can grow in your garden. You can always grow thyme in containers on your porch or patio.

Natural Home Remedies, Thyme

Thyme is an important medicinal and culinary herb. In the time of the ancient Egyptians thyme was used for embalming. The ancient Greeks were known to use thyme especially lemon thyme in their baths and they also burned thyme as a incense.

Fresh Lemon Thyme Is Delicious On Steamed Fish.

Thyme is cultivated in many countries because of its wonderful smell and flavor. I love to use fresh lemon thyme to sprinkle on steamed whole fish. I usually put thyme inside the body cavity of the fish and I sprinkle more of it on the fish and then I steam it and end up with some of the most delicious steamed fish you will ever eat.

Thyme Is One Of The Easiest Herbs To Grow.

Thyme of all types needs to be planted in the full sun in rich soil with plenty of drainage. When you plant it you'll find that it will come up year after year and you can harvest the top one third of the plant and dry it by hanging the plant up and allowing it to dry. You can grow thyme from seeds, cuttings, or by dividing the plant by separating the clumps of the plant up into separate plants to propagate more plants. It will come back year after year and the plant is drought and freeze resistant. It is found growing in the wild in high mountain regions so the plant is hardy.

Culinary Uses Of Thyme.

In culinary use thyme is used to flavor soups, stews, fish, egg dishes, and lamb. You'll find that thyme doesn't over power other herbs and it can be used very effectively mixed with other herbs. I like to mix rosemary and lemon thyme and rub chickens down with the herb mixture inside and out and roast the chickens for some of the most delicious roast chicken you will ever taste. Most people find that thyme gives a wonderful flavor to tomato and egg dishes. Freshly dried lemon thyme sprinkled in scrambled eggs gives them a wonderful unique flavor you won't soon forget. I like to make scrambled eggs with small Italian bread crumbs, milk, and lemon thyme. The dish turns out wonderful and it's a new and exciting way to serve scrambled eggs with a lot of flavor.

How Thyme Is Available.

You'll find that fresh thyme in the grocery stores and supermarkets is often sold in tied up bunches. I'm now also seeing small pots of planted thyme and lemon thyme being sold in some supermarkets here in the south. Cut thyme tied up in a bundle is however the most popular way its sold and it lasts about a week that way. Keep it setting in water in the refrigerator to extend its life. You can also hang it up in a cool dark dry place and allow it to dry out for later use as dried thyme. You will also find thyme being sold in dry powdered form in the supermarket spice section. I'm also now seeing dried powdered lemon thyme.

Growing Herbs : How to Grow Thyme

Natural Home Remedies , Thyme

A Bundle Of Thyme
A Bundle Of Thyme

Natural Home Remedies, Thyme

Health Benefits Of Thyme

In ancient times it was thought that thyme gave people courage and determination. In ancient Rome thyme and roses were brought into the house to give the house a good smell. The Romans also added thyme to cheese and wine while the Greeks burned it as an incense. You can buy goat cheese with thyme in it at your local grocery store or supermarket and its delicious.

Honey From Bees Feeding On Thyme Is Delicious.

If you do your own independent research you'll find that there are about 40 varieties of thyme including regular thyme and lemon thyme. The thyme plant is covered in flowers with lots of nectar and it is a favorite of honey bees. Some of the best honey in the world comes from thyme nectar. I had a small jar last year where the bees had fed almost exclusively on lemon thyme nectar and it was some of the best tasting honey I have ever had.

Thyme Is A Member Of The Mint Family.

Thyme belongs to the mint family and it is a perennial so it will come back next year and in mild climates like in the American south it will last all winter long. You find thyme growing both as a low bushy shrub and as low ground cover. When you buy your seeds or plants be sure and understand what your getting. Various types of thyme also have many different colors of flowers.You'll find thyme being grown that is flavored regular, lemon, orange, tangerine, celery and many other types. The lemon and the orange really do have a distinct lemon or orange flavor and are wonderful to cook with or make healthy teas with.

Thyme Will Keep Garden Pests Out Of Your Garden.

Thyme is a great plant to plant close to your cabbage or broccoli as the thyme plants will help to mask the fact that the cabbage or broccoli is growing there. The garden pests won't find the cabbage or broccoli and they will stay away from it.

Trim Your Thyme And Remove The Flowers Often.

If you want your thyme to keep growing and producing well keep it trimmed up well and as soon as the flowers start to droop cut them off with scissors.It's important that you keep the dead flowers cut off your thyme so it will keep growing.

Therapeutic Use Of Thyme.

Thyme contains an essential oil that is rich in thymol which is a strong antioxidant, antibacterial and a powerful antiseptic. Thymol is currently being studied as a way to treat cancers. It is also being combined with rosemary, and garlic into a strong antioxidant tea. You can also mix the three together and put it into capsules that you can take to help clear the toxins out of your body.

Thyme is also important in treating upper respiratory problems, bronchitis, whooping cough, and infections of the upper respiratory tract. Thyme is a powerful expectorant. You can dry out lemon or orange thyme by hanging it up and letting it dry out and then make tea out of the dried leaves. I like to make tea out of the lemon thyme leaves and I add honey to it.

Steep Your Thyme Teas.

It's important that when your making tea out of thyme or almost any herb that you bring it almost to a boil and then set it off the heat and allow it to set and steep to get all the oils out of the thyme leaves and into the water where your body can use it. the best way to make tea is out of dried thyme leaves and you want to mix one tablespoon of dried thyme leaves in a cup of boiling water and then let it steep for about 10 minutes before you add lemon and honey and enjoy. You can buy a tea ball which is a small metal ball with holes that screws apart so you can put the tea on the inside and drop the tea ball into the water to make the tea. Most tea balls have a little chain so you can easily lift the tea ball back out of the tea. Lemon thyme tea is oh so delicious made this way. If I feel like I'm coming down with the cold or flu I drink several 8 ounce glasses of the tea and the symptoms from the cold or flu usually go away.

Anti Cancer Properties.

You should know that all members of the mint family including thyme contains terpenoids which have strong anti-cancer properties. Rosmarinic and ursolic acids are important terpenoids which are found in thyme. These substances have strong anti-cancer properties.Thyme and the substances it contains are also said to strengthen the lungs and help to prevent further bacterial or fungus infections of the lungs or respiratory system.

Oil Of Thyme.

Oil of thyme is an essential oil found in thyme and it is very good for you. You can grind thyme very fine and add a pound to a gallon jar and then fill the jar with olive oil or vinegar and depending on whether you use vinegar or olive oil you'll end up with thyme vinegar which can be used for all kinds of culinary purposes or you'll end up with thyme oil which can be used for culinary or medicinal purposes.

Before the discovery of modern antibiotics thyme vinegar made out of apple cider vinegar and thyme was used to soak bandages before the bandages were applied to the wound. And thyme and its essential oils do have strong antibacterial properties. The Germans in the First World War saved many men with bandages soaked in thyme vinegar. It prevented and kept down infections. In ancient Roman and Egyptian times dried powdered thyme was applied to wounds to prevent infections.

Thyme Is Safe.

There are no side effects from thyme and it is essentially very safe. You don't have to worry about using thyme because it is very good for you.

This Hub Page on THYME is offered for information purposes only and is in no way medical advice. Herbal medicine works and works great but you need to work with your doctor with herbal medicine. If your doctor doesn't want to work with you with herbs and herbal medicine find a doctor or herbal practitioner who will. Or consider becoming a herbal practitioner yourself.

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    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      chg, thyme is not heard of here in India. Still, I liked the info about it and the fact that it is related to the mint family does make it a useful herb.

      Thanks for sharing some wonderful info.

      Voted up, useful.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Oh My Gosh!

      Really cool hub! So good, in fact I'm telling my wife, the herbalist in my family and sharing! Well done!


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