Tea Thyme and tincture

October 15, 2013

Tea Thyme – effective for colds and inflammation of the airways

Thyme (thymus serpyllum) is plant with purple-red flowers. It blooms in June and July, and sometimes September. The thyme needs a lot of sun and heat and are therefore it can be found in dry rocky areas and mountain meadows,mostly on hot soil.

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Most effective ingredient in it is thymol. Above ground parts of wild thyme essential oil containing 0.1 to 1 % .

Wild thyme has anti-inflammatory , antimicrobial activity , facilitates expectoration of secretions from the lungs and removes pain and weight in the chest . It’s used to treat inflammation of the airways and the lungs ( bronchitis , bronchopneumonia , bronchial asthma , laryngitis , tuberculosis ) .

The mechanism of action of wild thyme is tied to the presence of thymol . He softens the mucus in the airways and stimulates the lashes which are coated in the airway easier, to tip mucus solvent . The action of wild thyme in cases of acute bronchitis and colds is scientifically proven. A German study that involved 721 patients with bronchitis showed that the extract of wild thyme relieves cough attacks by 70 %.

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For softening of mucus in the bronchial tubes and ease the cough you can prepare tea blend – 15 g thyme , 15 g root of primrose (primula officialis), and 15 g leaves of coltsfoot (tussilago farfara). For the preparation of the tea, mix them into a cup and pour 250 ml boiling water . Allow to stand for 15 minutes , add 1 tablespoon of honey . Drink the tea only warm , gradually , in sips . Daily you should drink 3 to 4 cups .

 

You can prepare tincture of thyme too:

200 g leaf thyme , 100 g glycerol , 320 g concentrated alcohol ( 96 % ) and 580 g boiled water .

Pour chopped leaves with a mixture of glycerol and alcohol . It should be soaked 8 days and occasionally stirred or shaked . Then Tincture shoud be strained. Put 20 or 30 drops on a sugarcube and use this tincture 3 times a day.

 

Tincture can be used for massage’s against pain in muscles and joints.

Due to the high content of thymol , wild thyme can show irritant effect on the mucous membrane of the stomach . Therefore it is recommended that long-term use in patients with ulcer of the stomach or duodenum.

 

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