Dec 30, 2015 01:40PM
by Laina PoulakosWe are all familiar with the herb thyme. Most of us are familiar with its ability to make Thanksgiving stuffing taste delicious, but it has many other benefits too. Thyme is a small, attractive herb with tiny leaves and purple flowers. It is easy to grow, thriving in rock gardens. This herb releases an aromatic fragrance in the afternoon sun. The essential oil is obtained from the flowering tops of the plant. Thyme essential oil has so many health uses. The ancient Greeks would burn thyme to control germs in the air. The use of thyme can be traced back to the Egyptians using it in embalming. We still find many reasons to use thyme, other than in our cooking. It is a wonderful decongestant. It treats respiratory ailments, such as a tight chest and cough. When made into a tea, it can help with hangovers. Its strong germicidal properties make it useful in fighting colds and flu. It can also be used for bladder and digestive aliments. Thyme is useful in wound cleaning and helping to fight infection. This amazing herb is also a great antiseptic mouthwash. A cough syrup can be made with a half-ounce of thyme, simmered down with one cup water. Simply strain out the herb and add the infused water to three tablespoons of honey, a pinch of cinnamon and a of pinch ginger. Yum—a tasty cough syrup. Caution should be taken when using thyme if you are pregnant as large amounts of thyme are not recommended in pregnancy. Next time you feel under the weather, reach in the spice cabinet for the versatile herb—thyme.
Laina Poulakos is the founder of Mother’s Nature Store and is available for private consultations about herbal medicine by calling 703-851-0087 or visiting MothersNatureStore.com.