There are many herbal allies that you can use from your home garden
— Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) being one of them.
Thyme’s botanical name comes from the Greek word thymos, which means strong...
And thats exactly what this plant is!
Over the centuries, this warming and drying herb has been relied upon for many different uses in many different cultures.
Here are four healing ways to use this amazing herb...
1. Healthy Digestion: (My favourite)
Not always commonly known for its digestive tract healing properties, this herb has properties for enhancing digestion.
As a carminative and antispasmodic, it can be helpful when there is gas, colic, or problems with spasms and tension in the digestive tract.
The astringent action of thyme also makes it useful for another type of digestive upset- diarrhoea.
2. Nervous System Support:
Thyme acts as a parasympathetic relaxant (The rest and digest system) and is a valuable recovering herb thanks to its ability to enhance digestion and nutrition.
It assists with relieving tension and anxiety and as a strengthening tonic for mental and physical exhaustion.
3. Lungs & Throat:
Thyme is useful for acute or chronic respiratory problems including coughs and bronchitis as it is antibacterial, anti-fungal, spasmolytic, calms inflammation and aids the body to eliminate mucous.
It also has a soothing action on the throat when used as a gargle, and can be helpful for sore throats, laryngitis, and tonsillitis.
4. Topical Use:
Externally, thyme’s warming, stimulating nature can be put to good use for joint or muscle pain, or as a wash for cuts and wounds.
It contains the phytochemical thymol which has been traditionally used as a powerful antiseptic internally and externally.
It has also been used to support the skin and nails while combating a fungal infection.
I use thyme fresh and dried, from my garden when I can, as well as as an thyme essential oil.
Here’s to staying healthy, always trying to be better and getting to know this herbal ally!
Maddy King X
EXTRA THYME NUTRIENT FACTS:
"Thyme contains vitamin C (75% of the daily recommended value), vitamin A (27%), fibre (16 %), riboflavin, iron (27%), copper, and manganese(24%), 11% each in calcium and manganese, and doses of vitamin B6, folate, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc."*