Thyme is a wild medicinal herb, often used for various ailments. It is a perennial, evergreen shrub that has been used for medicinal purposes and culinary dishes. This medicinal herb has various health benefits due to various oil constituents. Thyme is used in the preparation of the commercial product Oil of Thyme obtained by distillation of the fresh leaves and flowering tops.
Some remedies made from wild thyme can be prepared at home.
Medical ailments come in quite a variety. Among the ailments that are treated by the use of the wild thyme herb is as follows: coughs, swollen airways, breathing problems, bronchitis, bladder and kidney disorders, colic, intestinal gasses as well. It has also been noted that wild thyme benefits come in handy for those suffering from sprains and arthritis. People suffering from injuries and arthritis can apply the wild thyme onto the skin, and in time the benefits are noticed.
Over the years, the wild thyme benefits include the use of its essential oil and some methods have come about depending on the target disease. Among the recipes is one whereby you just mash the wild thyme leaves into a paste so as to come up with a poultice. The glue that comes up as a result of the mashing is used for curing of skin sores as well as skin inflammation. So as to be able to get rid of parasitic or anti-fungal agents by use of wild thyme, you have to mix four ounces of wild thyme and add them to a pint of raw vinegar or vodka. After mixing the wild thyme leaves together with the new vodka or vinegar, you are supposed to crush the leaves slightly and let the concussion to be as it is for 12 hours without any interference. When the mixture is ready, you can apply it onto the affected area; the benefit of this procedure is not instant, but after quite some time.
In the case of bronchitis and gastric problems, the main recipe for preparing a remedy by use of the wild thyme is by making one teaspoon of thyme and adding it to boiling water preferably one cup and ensuring that simmering occurs for about ten to fifteen minutes. If affected by such ailments, you should use one cup each day. Since the remedy is quite bitter, adding small amounts of honey would not bring about any harm.
Another use of thyme herb as a medicinal treatment is for skin irritations as well as muscle spasms. Thanks to the wild thyme benefits, such an ailment can no longer be a major problem. So, as to soothe such an ailment, all you need is to prepare an infusion of the wild thyme.
Scientific researches also show that wild thyme has a chemical compound essential in the prevention of blood clots. The combination of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins are important as benefits, but the presence of potassium and manganese are particularly important in the prevention of heart attack and coronary disease.
Especially when the weather changes from autumn to winter people suffer from respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and coughing. Luckily, wild thyme comes in handy in the case of such diseases. When affected by such, all you need is the vapor that typically arises from the essential oil extracted from the thyme.
– Thyme infusion: A teaspoon per cup, infuse for 10 minutes. Three cups a day, before or after meals.
But, you can use the pounded herb, given fresh, from 1 to 6 OZ. daily, mixed with syrup, which has been employed with success as a safe cure for whooping cough. An infusion made from 1 OZ. of the dried herb to 1 pint of boiling water, sweetened with sugar or honey, is also used for the same purpose, as well as in cases of catarrh and sore throat, given in doses of 1 or more table spoonful, several times daily. The wild plant may be equally well used for this.
– Decoction: 50 g/l, boil for 3 min, applied in the form of compress, lotions, baths, mouthwashes, gargles, nasal or ear instillations, douches, etc…
The thyme oil can also be added into the water during a bath. When the oil is added to the bath water have the quality of being useful in the case of bronchitis as well as soothing of rheumatism.
Take into consideration that the thyme can lead to allergic reactions, especially in children, and in excessive doses can even cause seizures. In general, do not use any herbal treatment for long periods of time.
The thymol oil, at high doses, can cause liver toxicity, albuminuria and hematuria. Prolonged use of thymol-based mouthwash may cause thyrotoxicosis.