It’s About Thyme

Thymus vulgaris or Thyme is used by many cultures as a seasoning for stews and soups.  It’s medicinal uses are less well known.  Thyme is amazing as

  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • antiseptic
  • anti cough
  • antifungal
  • antioxidant

It’s pretty obvious from these uses that thyme truly keeps “the bugs” away!

Antibacterial
Antiseptic and the other Anti’s

Steep thyme in boiling water, allow it to cool and use it to wash a wound.  This tea can also be used as a spray for sanitizing counter tops.  It will leave a nice fresh scent behind.  If you share a phone or desk with someone you can spray the tea on a cloth and wipe down the phone and the desk.  You can even use it on the keyboard provided you don’t spray it directly on or soak your cloth.  Don’t use it on the computer screen though.

Spraying is only one way to use a thyme water combination but it can be used in many ways.  As above it can be used for cleaning and sanitizing surfaces.  It can be used to help prevent the spread of cold and flu by spraying it in the air in the environment you are in.  It can be sprayed in a sick room to prevent the spread of the illness.  If the sick person is having any respiratory issues the spraying of thyme will actually help.

As an anti fungal it can be sprayed on the fungus to prevent the spread and kill off what is there.

As an antioxidant you can spray a mild version of the tea directly on skin.

Thyme can also be used as a diffuser oil.  Make sure you get a good quality oil or make it yourself by steeping thyme in a mild tasting oil for a week.  The full process is available at Herbal Gardening Help
This will not only add moisture to the air and assist with removing viral elements but the scent is very fresh and refreshing.  The nice thing about using thyme as a diffuser oil is that if you have any respiratory issues it can also help ease the symptoms.

Other Uses

Thyme is extremely beneficial for coughs and chest congestion.  You can rub the oil directly on the chest  or use it in the diffuser several times a day.  For me this also breaks up nasal congestion but that will be determined on a case by case basis.

Making a strong tea from fresh thyme leaves and water and drinking it hot will help with coughs.  As an expectorant it helps bring up mucous and phlegm so they can be removed.  Thyme also has a soothing effect on the throat.  Mixing a teaspoon of honey with a few drops of thyme oil will ease the burning of a sore throat.

Culinary Thyme

Thyme is one ingredient in Herbs de Provence  Although the combinations vary the recipe linked here is a good place to start.  This mixture is used to season poultry, stews, soups and anything else your imagination can come up with.

Thyme is also a prime ingredient in much Caribbean cooking.  It lends itself to both spicy and delicate dishes.

To make Thyme Butter soften 1/4 cup butter and stir in a tablespoon of fresh thyme (leaves only)  Mix well and spoon into a serving dish.  Let this sit several hours or overnight.

Thyme is one of the most versatile herbs.  You can cook with it, clean with it and it will also make you courageous  Every garden or window box should include thyme.

Reference

Bartram Thomas, Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine, Marlowe & Company New York