Thyme (Serpylli herba)
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Thyme (Serpylli herba), also known as Wild Thyme herb, is a member of the mint family and grows in the forests of Eurasia, from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean and from Britain to Eastern Siberia.
The name “thyme” derives from the word “thymus”, which is Greek for “courage”, since Thyme has been associated with bravery and strength from the ancient times. Another interpretation is that thyme comes from the term “to fumigate”, as the herb was burned to chase stinging insects from the house.
Thyme’s reputation as a healer and protector goes back thousands of years. People used Thyme throughout history for embalming and to help sleep and ward off nightmares. In the European Middle Ages the herb protected people from the Black Death. It was used in sickrooms to help stop the spread of disease, so its antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties have also long been recognized.
Therapeutic Properties of Thyme
Thyme is valued for its high concentration of essential oils, which are responsible for both the strong aroma and the healing properties: it provides a beneficial effect on the respiratory and digestive systems and has anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and bactericidal properties.
In addition, thyme contains mineral salts, organic acids, tannins, flavonoids and other valuable elements. It is also rich with vitamins, especially B-vitamins and Vitamin C, so it is considered one of the leading antiseptics and disinfectants.
Most of all this herb is used as an expectorant, diaphoretic, diuretic and analgesic.
Storage and Handling
Store Thyme leaves in the original package, in a dry, dark place; store the boiled infusion in a cool place for no more than 2 days. Keep out of the reach of children!
2 years. Do not use after expiration date.
Main Uses of Thyme
Thyme is used in the treatment of:
- Infectious and inflammatory diseases of the respiratory tract: tracheitis, bronchitis, bronchopneumonia, whooping cough, sore throat, colds, chronic asthma, blocked sinuses or seasonal allergies;
- Digestive tract disorders: gastric and intestinal colic, gastritis, diarrhea, flatulence;
- Inflammatory diseases of the mouth and throat: stomatitis, gingivitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis (used in form of rinsing);
- Yeast infection.
- Soothes nervous system, helps to get rid of stress and improves memory;
- Helps restore strength in case of general fatigue and boosts the immune system;
- Increases appetite, stimulates the activity of the pancreas, and normalizes metabolism;
- Prevents atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks and coronary heart diseases;
- Eliminates helminth (parasitic worm) infestations;
- Has a capability to help prevent colon and breast cancer.
Thyme in cosmetology
Thyme is known to prevent hair loss. Moreover, due to the rich chemical composition of the plant, these agents restore the structure of damaged or colored hair. Rinsing hair with Thyme infusion is used for treating dandruff and its various causes, including seborrhea. Due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Thyme relieves irritation and soothes the scalp.
- Hypersensitivity to any Thyme component and other plants of the mint family;
- Acute hyperacid gastritis;
- Gastric or duodenal ulcers;
- Impaired thyroid function;
- Atherosclerosis of cerebral vessels; atrial fibrillation; hypertension, myocardial infarction, cardiac decompensation, cardiosclerosis;
- Hepatitis, pyelonephritis;
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding;
- Children under 12 years.
- Possible allergic reactions;
If the symptoms persist or become worse during the 7-day use of the drug, consult your doctor.
Dosage and Brewing Instructions
Place about 10 g (2 tablespoons) of thyme herb in an enamel bowl, pour 200 ml (⅘ cup) of hot boiled water, cover with a lid and heat on a boiling water bath, periodically stirring for 15 minutes, cool at room temperature for 45 minutes, filter, squeeze the remaining Thyme particles out.
Heat up and drink 1 tablespoon 2-3 times a day before meals.
Shake the infusion up beforehand.
For mouth and pharynx rinsing, use 0.5-1 cup of warm infusion 3-4 times a day. The course of treatment is 2-4 weeks.