Known mostly for its culinary additions in the kitchen, thyme is also shown to be a very powerful health promoting herb. It has the ability to kill off viruses and bacteria and should be taken at the first signs of a cold or flu due to it’s antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic, antispasmotic and expectorant properties. It’s antiviral properties are helpful in destroying viruses such as the flu, enteroviruses, norovirus and many herpetic viruses. Thyme’s antispasmotic properties can be useful to help relieve lung problems such as convulsive coughs like whooping cough. It makes for an excellent remedy for sore throats, head colds (especially when combined with horseradish) and stiffness related to the chills that you get when you have a cold. When it is combined with echinacea it can help boost the overall immune system.
This fantastic herb has a number of vitamins essential to our health and wellbeing such as Vitamins A,E,C,K and B-complex. Other essential nutrients include folate, calcium, iron, manganese, selenium, and potassium.
If your having trouble with memory, sleep, headaches and muscle tension you should try to add thyme into your diet by preparing thyme water or tea. ‘ Thyme water is more hydrating then thyme tea’ says Medical Medium, ‘ but the tea is good too.’
To prepare thyme water all you have to do is put a couple of thyme sprigs in a quart glass of water. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours up to an entire day and drink as desired.
One great way I love to use thyme when we are sick is to put about 2-4 large sprigs in a pot of water on the stove and let it steam on a medium-low heat. It helps to relieve coughs, create moisture in the air and relieve cold symptoms. Thyme is also great diffused as an essential oil in a cold air diffuser. However you decide to use thyme to help improve your life is up to you, but never underestimate the power of plant medicine.