Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) is a fragrant Mediterranean herb known for its culinary uses. But did you know it has a host of qualities when taken herbally? At this time of year, it comes into its own, keeping us well and less susceptible to colds, flu and the effects of viruses and bacteria. Thyme is packed with vitamins to include A, C, E and K and is naturally high in antioxidants. Research has shown its value as a natural antiviral and antibacterial, with antiseptic properties. It strengthens the lungs and acts as a decongestant, helping with catarrhal and mucus coughs.
The famous British herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) wrote of the herb: 1
“Thyme is a noble strengthener of the lungs, as notable a one as grows; there is scarcely abetter remedy growing for purging the body of mucus, and is an excellent remedy for shortness of breath.”
Medical research has brought to us more knowledge to include the following: 2
Thyme has a blood thinning effect which is compounded when taken along with other anti-coagulant medications such as Aspirin, Naproxen, Warfarin and Ibuprofen etc. Taking the two together can put you at an increased risk of bruising and bleeding.
Using Thyme for winter wellness
To strengthen your immune system at this time of year, make yourself a cup of herbal tea:
1. Add 2 teaspoons of crushed organic thyme leaves (fresh or dried) in a cup of boiling water.
2. Cover, let it steep for 10 minutes and strain and sip. Add a little honey for sweetness if desired.
Another delicious way to include Thyme Neal’s Yard Remedies Honey & Thyme Syrup here. This delicious soothing cordial is made from a traditional recipe of organic Honey Thyme. The honey calms, while the thyme warms. Suitable for adults and children (but not for children under 12 months). Just dilute in warm water and drink. You can purchase from my website and direct from my website.
Thyme has superb cleansing and antimicrobial properties and leaves your cleaned area with a fresh and uplifting fragrance.
Why not make a bit of time for the wonderful Thyme as part of your winter wellness
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1 Culpeper, Nicholas (1616-1654): ‘The Complete Herbal’ (free ebook here – The Complete Herbal by Nicholas Culpeper –
Free Ebook (gutenberg.org))
2 Payne, A Dr, 2019: ’10 Science-based health benefits of Thyme’ – 10 Science-based Health Benefits of Thyme | Top 10