Thyme is a well- known food spice belonging to the mint family, but it is also a successful natural remedy. It has been known to humanity for centuries, and many ancient civilizations used it for various purposes. The name we use today comes from the ancient Greek word thymos, which means perfume.
There are many different types of thyme, based on location, as well as many ways to use it. Herbalists usually recommend the type called Thymus vulgaris. Linalol as the safest option for those who have just begun using this lovely, but a potent herb. However, if you decide on another type, make sure to consult a qualified herbalist for the proper usage.
The health benefits of thyme
Thyme works well against infections, vaginal or respiratory. It is good against diarrhea and, generally, digestive issues. It can help when dealing with asthma, cough, and bronchitis. Thyme is also an antioxidant, slowing down the process of aging. Other issues it helps against are kidney problems, muscle pain, nail fungus, candida, herpes, flu, and hair loss. When it comes to psychological problems, thyme is equally impressive. It will help you combat fatigue, insomnia, headache, depression, and stress.
It also relieves urinary infections, kills parasites and pests, removes skin problems, like acne or warts and can regulate a problematic menstrual cycle. Add the fact it serves as a delicious flare for your dishes, and you have a winning combination.
One of the most well- known ways of using thyme is in a form of an essential oil. However, one is not advised to use it directly on the skin since it can easily cause irritations. It is much better to combine it with lavender or lemon, or perhaps, another essential oil, like jojoba or rosemary essential oil.
For example, a combination of thyme, rosemary, cedarwood and lavender mixed in a jojoba and grapeseed carrier oils, is great for treatment of alopecia areata and should be used for massaging the scalp on a daily basis for several months.
People suffering from respiratory issues might use it via inhalator and the most popular method is massaging it into the feet soles.
To get rid of pests, you could use a repellant based on a mixture of thyme and olive oil. Mix five drops of thyme oil and olive oil for every two ounces of water. If you grow some in your garden, make sure to rub the leaves between your hands in order to release the essential oil.
If you wish to use the various types of thyme, please do your research and talk to a herbalist since this powerful aromatherapy oil needs to be taken with caution. Avoid if pregnant, suffering from epilepsy or high blood pressure. If seriously ill, use only according to the advice given by an expert.