Thyme has healing properties and fragrance
Thyme (lat. Thymus serpyllum) is one of the oldest medicinal plants. The ancient Greeks used the powder of this plant for inhalation against fainting and migraine. Translated from the Greek “thyme” literally means “strength”, “spirit” or the Virgin’s grass. Today, this plant is used in official and folk medicine of many nations. It has a strong antiseptic, disinfectant and bactericidal effect. It destroys microbes and fungi (which cause diseases and are resistant to antibiotics). Medicinal liquids and tinctures are useful against snoring. They have an anti-inflammatory effect. They eliminate the spasm of the gastrointestinal tract. The grass of this plant contains essential oil whose main ingredients are thymol, tannins, organic acids and mineral salts, resins and flavonoids. Preparations with this plant are used against cough with mucosal irritation, bronchitis, bronchial asthma, pneumonia. They are used in the form of analgesics against radiculitis, gastritis, stomach cramps and stomach cramps, bloating, and hangover relief. External use is for baths and compresses against rheumatism, paralysis, strokes, skin diseases, diathesis (predisposition to certain diseases) in children, furunculosis, wounds, for rinsing in stomatitis and gingivitis. Due to headaches and dandruff, it is useful to wash your hair with thyme tea.
Thyme also has a wider application in cooking. This aromatic spice is used for pickling cucumbers, marinating pears and apples and as an additive in soups, meat dishes, fish and sauces.
The most common ways of preparation are bath, medicinal liquid and tincture with thyme.
- Medicinal liquid – pour two large spoons of chopped grass with 400 ml of boiling water. Leave in a thermos for one hour. Strain. Drink a quarter or half a glass of warm liquid several times a day for half an hour before meals.
- Tincture-dry flowering tops chop. Pour twice with diluted brandy in a ratio of 1: 3. Leave for 14 days in a warm place. Shake occasionally. Strain after 14 days. Take one teaspoon with a third of a glass of boiled water several times a day for half an hour before meals. A tincture with honey can be taken for a stronger effect.
- Bath-100 grams of dry grass cook for 5 minutes in a covered pan over low heat. Leave for half an hour for the liquid to cool. Squeeze into the bath. Use the bath for a maximum of 20 minutes. Repeat the procedure 10 times.
- Pain compresses – Boil 3 tablespoons of thyme and wrap in gauze. Use warm pillows for pain.