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Thyme, propertyand directions for preparing an excellent herbal tea. From cosmetic to herbal properties. Lots of information on the thyme plant and tips on cultivation.
The thyme is famous in various sectors, not only in the food and wine sector: this plant represents a widespread natural remedy famous for its property disinfectants and antiseptics. For his property, the thyme it has been famous since the times of ancient Egypt.
We are talking about an evergreen species with a bushy and compact habit. It grows between 30 and 40 cm in height as its development is mainly horizontally. The leaves are small as well as the flowers which have a purplish green tubular calyx and are rough to the touch.
Therethyme plant, botanically known as Thymus vulgaris, it is in demand in several areas. Its income cultivation involves:
- Extraction laboratories
- Galenic laboratories
- Cosmetic laboratories
- Food industry
- Food and wine sector (pizzerias, restaurants ...)
In fact, from the thyme plant it is possible to obtain various products, all with interesting properties and characteristics. Starting from the thyme plant and its extracts, it is possible to produce:
- Essential oil
- Hydroalcoholic extract
- Flavored oil
- Flavored vinegar
- Environment hygiene products
Thyme essential oil is widely used in aromatherapy as well as other extracts are used in herbal medicine and phytotherapy.
Thyme are known property disinfectants and antiseptics, which is why even its essential oil is an excellent ally for skin health and home hygiene.
For the cosmetic properties we recommend the use ofthyme essential oilrich in active ingredients such as: thymol, carvacrol, p-cymene, borneol, linalool and pinene.
- Expectorants (which helps to expel phlegm)
- Bechiche (able to calm cough)
How to grow the thyme plant
Thyme can be grown very easily both in the open field (in the garden) and in pots (at home, on the windowsill in the balcony ...). It is not a very demanding plant, it grows well in universal soil but requires a bright exposure and, in the case of growing in pots, a low and wide container because it tends to grow in width and not in height.
For all information on thecultivation of the potted plantor in the open field, I refer you to the page:Thyme, cultivation and properties.
Herbal tea and thyme infusion
Its infusions and herbal teas can be used as a natural remedy for colds and coughs. Thyme tea is useful for promoting digestion.
Not only that, thyme provides flavonoids, saponins, tannins and other micronutrients that can be useful for health.
The thyme infusion can also be used for external use, for the treatment of small wounds.
For the infusion of thyme, dried and chopped leaves are used. For the infusions we advise you to finely chop the leaves so as not to waste precious active ingredients.
In fact, for theherbal tea and infusionnot only the leaves should be used but the flowering tops. The best period for harvesting coincides with the beginning of flowering or late flowering.
Thyme-based expectorant suffumiges
The use of thyme allows you to take full advantage of its balsamic and expectoral properties, useful against asthma and bronchitis.
Among the most recommended methods are fumigations with water and dried thyme leaves, half a teaspoon for a liter of liquid brought to a boil.
Natural remedies based on thyme
Thethyme it seems to be an excellent natural remedy able to stop dental caries. When it comes to dental caries, even in orthodox medicine there are no ad hoc drugs, which is why we intervene with mechanical removal of the affected area. Yet, according to proponents of natural remedies, the thymeit would even seem to perform a curative action. For this purpose, theessential oilby Timo.
We do not know if this remedy is really as effective as many claim, however it is very popular among lovers of herbal medicine and natural remedies, so we report it for descriptive purposes. In addition, thyme essential oil is also used in famous mouthwashes such as Listerine.
Thymol, according to the researchers involved in the formulation of Listerine mouthwashes, would be able to exercise natural onesanti-plaque propertiesand antibacterials useful for oral hygiene.
To take advantage of the beneficial action of thyme against dental caries, a cotton swab soaked in thyme essential oil must be used, giving small "touches" to the area of the tooth affected by the decay. The operation should be repeated once a day, away from meals. This natural remedy for dental caries that uses the essence of thyme was also taken from the book "Antiguo Recetario Medicinal Azteca by doctora Laura Samano Tajonar, Mexico D.F, Gomez Gomez Hnos Editores“.
Thyme essential oil
Thyme essential oil can be purchased in the most well-stocked health food stores or by taking advantage of online purchases. On Amazon there is no shortage of purchase proposals at a good price.
- Pure and Organic Thyme Essential Oil
A 10 ml bottle is offered at a price of around 12 euros. It is in fact an "organic" product, ie obtained from organic farming.
- Pure Thyme Essential Oil
It is 100% pure essential oil but in this case the thyme has not been grown organically. A 50 ml bottle is offered for around 8 euros.
Regardless of the product you buy, make sure you take a pure essential oil, you will be the one to make the desired dilutions using sweet almond oil or classic olive oil. Thyme essential oil should not be used pure on the skin because it is too loaded with active ingredients.
L'Thyme essential oil it can also be useful in other ways:
- Added to shampoo it can be a good remedy for oily hair.
- To perfume DIY candles or in aroma diffusers to perfume home.
- To prepare natural detergents and detergents do it yourself.
- For face cleansing.