The components of the thyme plant are used for medicinal and aromatic purposes. With numerous beneficial uses, it is known as the Mediterranean miracle herb.
Effects of Thyme Plant
Thyme has various effects in food, beauty, prevention, and support in treating ailments. Thyme grows and is harvested seasonally, with fresh or dried leaves used. It is used in grilling meat and baking. People from the Mediterranean believe that using thyme in food preparation enhances immune functions, slows aging due to its effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Thyme has a strong aroma, slightly bitter taste, warming nature, aids digestion, diuretic, anti-inflammatory properties, and more.
Thyme essential oil possesses strong antibacterial properties, relieves spasms, reduces headaches, muscle pain, and more.
Herbal remedies using thyme
Thyme-infused alcohol method: Soak 200g of dried leaves in 1 liter of strong white alcohol, place it in a clean glass bottle, store in a dry place away from strong sunlight. Use 2ml of infused alcohol mixed with hot water, take twice a day. Thyme-infused alcohol enhances health, reduces nervous tension, and aids digestion.
Herbal infusion method: Similar to making tea, use 2-3 grams of dried thyme leaves, steep in a cup of boiling water for one dose, take 4-5 doses per day.
Thyme infusion helps alleviate headaches, improves blood circulation in the body, enhances bile secretion, regulates blood pressure, and aids in urination. Thyme leaf water can be used as a mouthwash for treating mouth heat and salivary gland inflammation.
Thyme essential oil combined with massage therapy
Thyme essential oil, primarily extracted from leaves and branches, benefits the nervous system by improving memory, reducing headaches, alleviating muscle pain, and enhancing digestion.
Improving memory: Mix 3 tablespoons of thyme oil with ½ tablespoon of coconut oil, apply evenly to the skin, neck, and gently massage. Thyme oil can also be diffused into the air and inhaled for about an hour.
Enhancing liver function: Mix 3 tablespoons of thyme oil with ¼ tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply the mixture evenly to the front and back of the liver area, gently massage to help the mixture absorb faster.
Hair care: After washing your hair, apply 5 drops of thyme oil to your hair, massage, and let it dry. This helps reduce hair loss and strengthen hair.
Reducing joint pain: Use 2 drops of peppermint oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, apply evenly to the painful area, and gently massage.
Reducing tension and anxiety: Use an essential oil diffuser to release thyme oil into the air while combining full-body massage to relax and restore energy.
Things to know when using thyme
Thyme is an herbal plant, and its effects may take time, so persistent use is necessary.
The effectiveness varies depending on individual conditions. Common side effects include dizziness, intestinal spasms; in such cases, stop using and consult a doctor.
Elderly individuals, pregnant women, and young children should be cautious when using thyme and consult a doctor for advice.