Common thyme, or Thymus vulgaris, is a calming and aromatic kitchen herb with disinfectant and nervine properties. It’s nature is warming and drying. It is particularly good to remediate vata and kapha tendencies in Ayurveda. Thyme is antiseptic, decongestant, antifungal, antibacterial, and carminative (aids digestion). In addition it has analgesic (pain relieving) and antitussive (cough relieving) qualities. Thyme has been used for protection and clearing on a spiritual level, in addition to the traditional physical attributes and effects.
I like to keep thyme tincture on hand for coughs and phlegm issues in the winter and early spring. I also love to make teas, tisanes, and cook with fresh thyme in all manner of daily recipes. A fresh ginger root and thyme tea with lemon and honey is traditionally used to heat and dry cough, cold, and phlegm in the lungs and chest.
Another great way to use thyme is in antiseptic oil, a recipe I got from my teachers Michael and Lesley Tierra at East West School of Planetary Herbology. I love this recipe because it is one thing that can be used in several ways. Here is the recipe;
Essential oils of;
Clove 1/2 t
Eucalyptus scant 1/2 t
Olive Oil 15 1/2 ounces
*Gently heat olive oil just enough to facilitate blending. Remove from heat and mix in essential oils. Michael and Lesley, in the Professional Herbalist Course workbook writes “This oil is like a first aid kit in itself”. It can be taken internally one teaspoon in warm water for fevers, bronchitis, cough, infection, dhiarrhea, diabetes, worms, uterine problems and cramps. It can be used externally by rubbing into stiff joints or muscles and covering with hot water bottle to heat and penetrate the herbs for their analgesic and nutritive benefits.
Again, this is a great oil to take when travelling because it can be used for so many issues and in more than one method of application. My daughter and son love the tea when they’re sick as it is nourishing and warming and feels great to help clear the sinuses and chest. It can even be applied externally on the chest and covered with warmth to help clear the lungs and sinuses.
Get to know thyme, she is a wonderful friend to grow in your garden and happy go lucky and easy to care for.
*For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.*