Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) is a neat little plant, often found in gardens as ground cover and dwarf edgings. They are virtually pest and disease free, and bees are especially fond of the blossoms for their honey.
As one of the old-time remedies, this herb can be used freely for many different ailments. An infusion of thyme is very effective for sore throats, sinus congestion, post-nasal drip, catarrh and for people who use their voices professionally—singers, teachers and actors. It helps clear mucous congestion from the lungs and bronchial passages, and is recommended for respiratory problems such as bronchitis and whooping cough.
Thyme is anti-spasmodic (prevents or cures spasms), carminative (relieves flatulence) and an excellent tonic for the stomach and nerves. It is also used for gastro-intestinal problems such as gastritis and stomach cramps, and can even help to relieve period pain.
Recommended for internal and external use, thyme is not only beneficial as a tea, but externally as a warm herb pillow, applied to the stomach/abdominal region and also for the relief of swellings and contusions. Thyme oil can be used for paralysis, stroke, rheumatism, muscular atrophy and sprains, and the Abbess Hildegard von Bingen refers to it as “a medicine for leprosy and nervous complaint”.
For Asthma – a tea made of equal parts of the following herbs is recommended:
For Influenza – the following mixture is most suitable:
- Elder flower
Directions (for both recipes): Place the above listed herbs in an airtight container, mix and shake well, and store the mixture in a dark place.
Infuse one heaped tsp of herbs with one cup of boiling water for approximately three to five minutes and strain. Drink 2–4 cups a day.