Thyme - Everything You need to know about Posted on 08 Jan 23:22 , 3 comments
Thyme - Everything You need to know about
For hair loss and mind clarity.
Also Known : Thymus common, Rouchothymo, Gaidourothymos
Official name: Thymus Vulgaris
References from History.
There are more than 100 species of thyme, which are the "children" of the Wild Thyme.
Roman soldiers used to get often their bath in water perfumed with thyme to give them vigor and energy.
In the Middle Ages, the ladies embroidered for the same reason thyme twigs and gave to the wandering knights.
During the 16th century, there was a widespread soup recipe with thyme and beer, which referred that boosts confidence!
Ιn pharmaceutical is known as the plant with the most therapeutic properties. Successive experiments since 1887 have demonstrated the bactericidal properties of thyme to germs and bacilli. First the Chamberland showed in 1997 the bactericidal property of essential oil of thyme (especially against Bacillus anthracis).
The Candeac and Meunier studied thyme in 1889 against the bacilli of typhus and strangles and the proliferation of microbes in a broth of boiled meat.
The Morel and Rochaix in 1921-1922 in meningococcus, the bacillus of Eberth, in Corynebacterium diphtheriae and staphylococcus.
The Courmont, Morel and Bay in bacterium tuberculosis.
The Miquel in 1894 demonstrated the bactericidal power of thyme vapor.
Nowadays, it has been demonstrated that the essential oil of thyme is 25 times more antiseptic than phenol, the oxygenated water (hydrogen peroxide) and potassium permanganate. The surgeries used solutions with thyme soap for disinfecting hands.
It is equally important that a bunch of fresh thyme in the room of a patient perfumes the air and causes euphoria.
Thyme is an excellent food of bees.
It is also used in the preparation of meat products, beverages, and seasonings.
Useful parts: the flowering tops mainly.
We can find it: In dry and arid areas dominated by only shrubs and herbs, blooming from May to late August (depending on the altitude and the region).
Although you can find plenty of cultivated thyme, its really worth trying the wild one. You will feel at once a big difference (starting with the wonderful smell).
Active ingredients: Bitter substances, Tannin antibiotics and essential oil (containing phenols thymol and carvacrol), Terpinene, cymene, cumin, Borneol, linalool.
Properties - Indications:
General stimulant. Valuable for both physical and spiritual decadence (weakness), anxiety, neurasthenia, depression and migraine.
Thymol contained in a large amount particularly in the wild thyme helps digestion of fatty foods.
It is believed to increase mental clarity -reported by Valnet- and stimulates the nerves.
Appetizing and so it is necessary for the hypotensive and for anemic children.
It is emmenagogue if the delay is symptomatic.
Antiseptic intestinal, genital and urinary system and lung (intestinal infection, leukorrhea, pulmonary infections, bronchitis, tuberculosis).
Sets leukocytosis' the infectious diseases.
It diaphoretic and regulates secretions in influenza cases, fever, colds. Precious problems throat and bronchi. Preventive antibiotic influenza epidemics.
Removes parasites of the intestine (aciduria, roundworms, tapeworms, etc.)
It is light hypnotic.
Prevents fermentation and concentration of gasses in the stomach and intestine.
Valuable antispasmodic cough whooping cough and asthma.
It is a diuretic.
It helps a lot in cases of circulatory disorder and strengthens the heart.
So far, if you have been impressed with the long list above with the therapeutic properties of thyme, keep in mind that described only what thyme can do when we eat or drink it.
Let's see below the external use of thyme (with ointments, solutions, compresses, and baths)
Stops hair loss.
Antiseptic and bactericide in dermatosis and leucorrhea, and heals wounds, boils and burns.
Treats scabies and ringworm.
Fights the aching joints in arthritic neck rheumatism.
Cleanses the mouth and teeth better than toothpaste (because of thymol, which is already used - in a small percentage - at mouthwashes and toothpaste).
In Crete tend to rub their gums with thyme because they consider that fights gingivitis (Evangelia K. Fragaki).
Finally, a bathroom with thyme banishes fatigue.
How we use it:
For the decoction of thyme, a sprig boils for each cup of water. Once it starts boiling remove from the heat and wait for 10 minutes to cool down. Then strain and drink plain (relatively bitter) or with a little honey. As three cups daily. If the boil with other herbs, is more tasty.
In stomatitis and sore tonsils do gargle with a plain beverage.
If we use essential thyme oil, should add 3 -5 drops at a time in a little honey, 3 times a day. For pertussis most effective way is the combination of essential oil of thyme and eucalyptus.
For colds and sore throats is more effective to chew thyme. The bitter taste is preferable than a sore throat and runny nose.
To make infusion thyme, soak two teaspoons in a cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.
We can use it for external use as a compress for rheumatism or muscle pains and against Pertussis with spreads to the chest.
A few drops of essential oil of thyme in a small bottle with extra virgin olive oil is the best for compresses on wounds and insect bites.
Also, as a compress is good for bruises and toothache.
To stop hair loss, we can boil a handful of thyme in a liter of water until it will be left half of it and then brush the head.
For even better results, You must bathe the head once before, then make a massage with the dense liquid thyme and leave for 3-5 minutes. Then You can bathe the head once again.
For the pains of rheumatism chop thyme, heat with little water in a small pot put it in a gauze and touching as a compress on the painful part.
For arthritis, rheumatism, colds, and flu, you can use the following recipe: Boil a pound thyme in 4 liters of water. Then add the water in the water bath.
Also, You can put a small bunch under your pillow to help you sleep.
Precautions: Although the healing properties of thyme are so important and interesting, it is mandatory to always remember this: The Daily internal use, may lead to overactivity of the thyroid gland and poisoning, with vomiting symptoms, diarrhea, dizziness and cardiac depression.
Moreover: For the Wild Thyme, there is a rumor that can make an alcoholic to quit drinking, causing vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, thirst and finally disgust for alcohol. Of course, this "treatment" needs to be continued for a period of time. This recipe is as follows: Place a handful of thyme with 3 cups water. Leave for half an hour. One tablespoon every 15 minutes is sufficient.
Finally, a simple recipe for male cologne: Put 10 grams of flowers of thyme in a bottle with 250 grams of white spirit. Close with good cork and leave 20 days in the summer sun. Strain it after.
In the kitchen, of course, we find the most famous and widespread use of thyme.
To make a terrific marinade: Soak in half a liter of white wine a bunch of wild thyme, a bunch of wild savory, 3-4 garlic, 2 bay leaves, some cloves, and few rosemary. Serve together with extra virgin olive oil and lemon.
Although thyme plants have been used for centuries as both a culinary and medicinal herb, as with any treatment or medication, thyme is a potent herb and should be used judiciously in consultation with your health care provider. It can interact with other medicines and when used as a medicine should be used only after consulting your pharmacist.