(NaturalNews) Thyme is a delicate herb which is both pungent and hot with a penetrating fragrance. It is also a fabulous herb for healing a large number of ailments. It is known to increase the flow of urine and to help in menstruation. It helps in the delivery process and prevents miscarriages; in fact, it cleanses all the organs of the body. The Abbess Hildegard von Bingen used thyme for nervous disorders, leprosy and paralysis.
The Abbess Hildegard von Bingen stated, "He who drinks a cup of thyme tea instead of coffee in the morning will soon feel the beneficial effect: enlivened spirits, great comfort in the stomach, no coughing in the morning and an overall well-being."
Thyme grows in sunny areas next to ant-hills. You can find thyme in dried up lawns, as it must have lots of sun and heat. Thyme came from the Mediterranean in the 11th century and is found in many gardens. Most people know the thyme plant as Garden Thyme (thymus vulgaris) or as Mother Thyme.
Thyme cures styes and aids pink eye. It cleans scrapes and cuts immediately with its antiseptic and disinfectant properties. Thyme treats women with menstrual cramps and PMS symptoms also. Thyme is a common remedy for stomach ailments, lung congestion, coughing ailments and overall flu conditions. It is even used to remove nightmares from children. Thyme is used for sprains, rheumatism, muscular atrophy, stroke, multiple sclerosis and paralysis. Thyme is a good overall herb to keep in the kitchen.
How to make an herb pillow - The herbs are placed into a pillow and sown up.
Uses of the herb pillow:
An herb pillow is made of chamomile, thyme and yarrow, which is picked in the sun and dried. These herbs are placed in an herb pillow and used for facial neuralgia. Two cups of thyme tea is sipped through the day also. With cramps, one should place club moss in the pillow with the other herbs. The herb pillow may be heated in a pan or microwave and placed on the stomach to aide in the relief of discomfort. The pillow is also good for contusions and inflammations.
How to make thyme tea - Boil a pot of water and then add the leaves of the plant. Let the tea sit for an additional two minutes before drinking.
Uses for the thyme tea include an old home remedy for respiratory passages, which uses the plantain. Make a tea using equal amounts of thyme and plantain, with the juice of a half of a lemon and some sugar. This natural remedy is good for bronchial asthma, whooping cough and phlegm in the lungs. This tea should be used four or five times a day. If the patient has pneumonia, then the tea should be sipped every hour.
Drinking of thyme tea is also recommended for alcoholism. The alcoholic is given one tablespoon every 15 minutes. The tea causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, increased urine and much perspiration. The appetite is increased and the patient becomes very thirsty. It is evident that this procedure should be done several times, as relapse is inevitable in the beginning. For people with epilepsy, two cups of tea should be drunk daily. This tea should be drunk for 2-3 weeks; then, one should wait for ten days to two weeks and then begin the protocol again.
How to make the tincture - Fill a bottle loosely with herbs which were picked in the midday. Add in some whiskey or vodka and then placed in the sun for fourteen days.
Uses for the tincture include the strengthening of limbs of children who are weak, especially those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.
How to make a thyme bath - Place 200 grams of thyme in a bath.
Someone who is suffering from over stimulation or depression would use this remedy. The thyme bath brings immediate relief and brings on restful sleep.
How to make thyme syrup - Place some raw sugar and thyme in a jar, alternating the layers. Press down each layer firmly. Leave this mixture in the sun for approximately three weeks. After three weeks, strain the liquid and add some water to the syrup. The syrup is then heated slightly and used.
Thyme syrup is mainly used for colds and the relief of the flu symptoms. Take the syrup before your meal.
How to make thyme oil - fill a glass bottle half way up with thyme leaves and then fill the rest of the bottle with olive oil. Place in the sun for 14 days and then strain the oil. Discard the leaves and place the oil in a dark cabinet.
Uses for the thyme oil are many. The oil is used to help with memory and concentration. It is used also for brain fog, migraines, lung ailments and bronchitis, as a cough syrup and to remove mucous from the lungs.
There are over 60 varieties of thyme, which include orange thyme, silver thyme, lemon thyme, and the common French thyme. The Egyptians, in ancient times, used thyme as an embalming agent on their deceased pharaohs. In Greece, thyme was burned in incense in their sacred temples. It was traditional for women to give their knight before he went into battle a scarf, which had a sprig of thyme attached. This herb was associated with bravery.
Thyme is a food herb commonly confused with oregano, as they are similar in looks and taste. Thyme, like oregano, is an herbal medicine and a food herb. Thyme (also known as Thymus Vulgaris) has its medicinal properties from its essential oil.
How to store and use thyme:
The fresh thyme is the best and should always be chosen over the dried for its superiority in flavor. The leaves should be green gray in color. The thyme leaves should be free of blemishes and yellowing. As with any dried herb, there are organic leaves and then there are some that are of very low quality. So choose your spices carefully from well respected sources.
To keep fresh herbs the longest, place them in a lightly sprayed paper towel. Then seal them in a plastic Ziploc bag and store in the refrigerator. It is very important to remove the air from the Ziploc bag before closing, to preserve the freshness of the herbs. Dried herbs kept in glass containers can last for up to 6 months.
As with most delicate herbs, add them to the food at the end of the cooking. This is so they keep their delicate flavors in tact. Thyme should not be used by pregnant women and it will increase blood pressure, so use with caution.
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