Thyme Destroys Strep Throat, Flu Virus And Fights Respiratory Infections

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Thyme is a member of the mint family and originates from the Mediterranean basin.

According to Christine Ruggeri, CHHC:

“The oldest Egyptian medical text, called Ebers Papyrus, dates back to 1550 B.C., and it records the healing values of thyme. The ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming, and the ancient Greeks used it in their baths and temples; they believed that it brought on feelings of courageousness.

In the European Middle Ages, thyme was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares; the herb was also laid on coffins during funerals because it was believed that it provided a safe passage to the next life.”

It has a rich, strong, herbaceous aroma, and the name is derived from the Greek word ‘thymos’ which means ‘to perfume.’

Mrs. Ruggeri adds:

“Because the thyme plant is grown in many environments, climates, and soils, there are over 300 varieties with different chemotypes. Although they all look the same, the chemical composition is different along with the corresponding health benefits. The chief constituents of thyme essential oil typically include alpha-thujone, alpha-pinene, camphene, beta-pinene, para-cymene, alpha-terpinene, linalool, borneol, beta-caryophyllene, thymol, and carvacrol. “

Depending on the location the plant grows in, these chemical components of the oil distilled from the plant vary. For beginners, Linalool ct. Thymus vulgaris is the best oil, since it is not harsh for the skin, and can be freely used by the elderly and children. Other popular oils are thymus vulgaris ct. thujanol, thymus vulgaris c.t carvacrol, and thymus vulgaris ct. thymol.

Here are some of the properties of the most common thyme chemotypes, explained in an article published in The Truth About Cancer website:

Thymus vulgaris ct thymol – Between 60-70 percent thymol, this chemotype has strong antiseptic properties. It has a high level of antioxidants, with strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.

Thymus vulgaris ct linalool – One of the gentlest of thyme chemotypes, it commonly grows at high altitudes and has potent antifungal and anti-parasitic properties.

Thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol – Between 30-80 percent carvacrol (depending on when it is harvested), it also has potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving) and antioxidant properties.

Thymus vulgaris ct 1,8 cineole – Is 80-90 percent cineole, with an interesting array of benefits. It is a good expectorant (phlegm releaser), diuretic (increases the expulsion of urine), and analgesic properties.

Thymus vulgaris ct thujanol – About 50 percent thujanol, this chemotype is known to support the immune system. It is found mainly in the wild, known commonly as Sweet Thyme.

Thyme oil has powerful antibacterial antifungal, antiviral, diuretic, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties, so it detoxifies the body, strengthens the immune system, destroys microbes, and supports the formation of white blood cells.

Thyme has a myriad of health benefits, as follows:

-- It boosts blood circulation to accelerate healing, improves memory and concentration, and raises blood pressure.

-- Its powerful antibacterial properties kill various bacteria, including staphylococcus, and purifies the air from Proteus, streptococcus, staphylococcus, and cryptococcal.

-- It fights respiratory infections, coughs, colds, and the flu, bronchitis, sore throats, catarrh, asthma, and laryngitis.

-- It is a powerful natural remedy in the case of psychological and physical weakness, as it revives the body and mind, so use it to treat chronic fatigue, depression, insomnia, and accelerate the recuperating after an illness.

-- Thyme essential oil boosts the secretion of mucus and relieves dry coughs

Furthermore, this amazing essential oil offers countless other medicinal properties, such as:

  • You can use it as a natural hand sanitizer, and in the form of a hot compress to soothe rheumatic pain, sciatica, sprains, muscular pains, sports injuries, and gout

  • Dilute it and apply it on the affected area to relieve Athlete’s foot, insect bites, and stings

  • To improve the health and appearance of the hair, use it on the hair as a hair tonic

  • Mix it with some other essential oil such as pine, lemon, lavender, rosemary, and grapefruit, and prevent skin irritations

  • It destroys nail fungus, candida, and vaginitis

  • It fights infections on the bladder and urinary tract

  • The regular consumption boosts the DHA amount (docosahexaenoic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid) in the brain, kidney, and cell membranes in heart

  • To treat alopecia, combine it with lavender, rosemary, and cedar wood in a jojoba and grape seed oils mixture, and massage the scalp daily

  • To treats acne and warts, you can use it as a face wash

  • Enjoy a bath with several drops of this oil to treat irregular or weak menstruation

  • Use 1% solution as an antibacterial spray for fresh produce

Source: www.organichomeremedies.com

How To Make A Healing Herbal Infusion

By Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher, Medicine Woman + 
January 21, 2015

Before I went to Acupuncture school, and learned about meridians and Chinese Herbs, I learned about Western Herbs. I grew to have many favorites. One of them is Lemon Balm, which is such a great plant ally. From calming anxiety, helping us manage nervousness and tension, to helping us sleep better, this herb promotes the smooth flow of Qi. I often use it in herbal infusions. 

Last week, I shared with you my top 5 fave herbs for healing. Thanks to the dialogue that followed, I learned of additional herbs I want to incorporate into my diet more often!

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As I’d mentioned in the article, the best way to take your herbs is as food. And my most-loved method of enjoying herbs is through infusions. I am often spreading my love for infusions with my patients, whether their focus is on fatigue, anxiety, stress, thyroid imbalance, fertility, or the common cold.

What Is An Infusion?

Getting started – a mason jar and a bag of my dried herb of choice. Photo from my personal collection.

An infusion is basically a large of amount of dried herb that is brewed for a long period of time. Fresh herbs are nice; but, for maximum healing benefit, it’s best to use dried, chopped herbs.

Think tea has wonderful properties? It does. But, infusions are like tea on steroids! I’m not referring to the ‘roid rage, but to the intense nourishment that ensues when you give that herb time to stew and release its properties into the infused water. Technically, tea is considered an infusion of herb. But, the kind of infusion I’m referring to here is the long-brewed kind.

As I’d mentioned in my previous article, I first learned about infusions after doing a lot of research on my ancestral roots. I came upon learning about Western herbs, which turned out to be my first official dip into the ocean of all things healing. I first learned about herbal infusions from Susun Weed. I’ve adapted some of her infusion-making techniques in this how-to article, with a definite personal spin!

If you’re trying to address a specific health concern, there are certain herbs out there that you can infuse to help you address it.

An ounce of dried herb, roughly measured at a handful. Photo from my personal collection.

For instance, an infusion of nettle builds energy, strengthens adrenals and kidneys. It also supplies a healthy dose of magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, zinc, as well as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. It creates a beautiful dark green infusion. In fact, nettle is such a nourishing herbal superstar, it was at the top of my 5 fave herb list!

Likewise, an infusion of linden flowers is not only pretty to look at. It is also anti-cold, anti-flu, and is very soothing and loving towards the lungs and guts.

And, the list of herbal benefits goes on!

How To Make A Healing Herbal Infusion

  1. All you need is: your dried herb (in this case, I’m loving me a nettle infusion!), a mason jar, boiling water (ideally water that has been filtered of various metals and impurities, including fluoride), and a long-handled spoon. You can start with a quart-size mason jar with a screw-top lid, which you can get on Amazon, at The Container Store, or your local flea market. In this article, I’m using a 1.5L mason jar, which usually lasts me 2 days (I usually drink 2 cups of infusion a day.)

  2. Take an ounce of dried herb, and put it in the jar. An ounce of dried herb is roughly one handful of dried herb. It can also be measured about a cup by volume. Since my jar is larger, I place 2-3 ounces of dried herb in my jar.

  3. Bring a pot of water to a boil, and fill the jar of herb to the brim with water.

  4. Mix the contents of the jar with a long-handled spoon, and lid tightly. After a few minutes, you’ll hear the lid pop as the vacuum effect takes place.

  5. Let it stand overnight. This is when the magic takes place, and the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and plant energy are infusing into the water. Technically, if they’re berries or seeds, you could steep it a minimum of 30 minutes. If the herbs are flowers and leaves, you could steep it for a minimum of 2-4 hours. If they’re roots and stems, you could steep it for a minimum of 8 hours. I usually use Western herbs for infusions. But, there is some similarity when cooking Chinese herbs. This is because when you do a decoction of a raw Chinese Herbal Formula (taking the actual raw herb and cooking it in a pot) the more aromatic herbs and substances, and fresh herbs, are often added in the last 5-10 minutes, since they don’t need a long cooking time. Personally, I prefer to let infusions stand overnight for optimal effect, and also because it’s easiest when you want to make a quick yummy infusion right before going to bed. When I wake up, my fresh brew is ready to pop open and serve!

  6. In the morning, strain out the liquid – I use a tea strainer while pouring out my infusion into my cup/mug/thermos. As you get to the bottom of the jar, squeeze the herbs to get the last juicy bits. Voila! Instant nourishment straight from Mama Earth.

Tips To Optimally Enjoy Your Infusions

Place your herb in your mason jar. Photo from my personal collection.

Drink a cup or more after straining. Refrigerate after opening to keep the nutrients vital. It should last about 2 days. It may keep longer than that, but use your nose to check for spoilage after 2 days. If you think it’s on its way out, use the excess infused water to water your plants, or rinse your hair with it as a leave-on treatment. This is especially true of nettle, which helps build thick hair, when drinking it internally and using it topically.

I don’t recommend microwaving your infusion to warm it up after refrigeration, since this may kill off some of the nutrients. The same is true after decocting a Chinese Herbal formula and refrigerating it. If you like, you can leave it out and drink when it becomes room temperature. In Chinese Medicine, cold drinks can damage the Spleen, which can hinder digestion. This is why I recommend drinking your infusions at room temperature, if possible.

Fill the mason jar to the top with boiling water. Photo from my personal collection.

Some herbs, like red clover, lemon balm, oat straw, and peppermint are easiest on the palate. Herbs like nettle are very earthy, which I enjoy; but, I do realize that earthiness can be an acquired taste! If an herb is too strong a taste for your palate, try adding a dash of peppermint or bergamot to the mix (although, not too much, or else you’ll be overwhelmed with a whole lotta mint and citrus!) I don’t recommend honey to taste, but you could try a little pink himalayan salt.

Drinking 2-4 cups a day is normal. I typically get in 2 cups a day by carrying it in a thermos for easy carry to my office. I then enjoy it in between patients, and while I’m hanging out doing my patient charts.

When first making infusions, start with single herbs. This will help you get familiar with the properties of the herb, and you’ll be able to identify the benefits you can feel in your body. Later, have fun branching out and combining various herbs into a single infusion!

Mix thoroughly with a long-handled spoon to saturate the herb. Photo from my personal collection.

During summer, try pouring your strained infusions into popsicle molds, and enjoy nourishment while cooling off! This is probably the only time I’d encourage cold drinks.

I often source my herbs from 2 places: if you’re in New York City, check out Flower Power in the East Village. Lata, the owner, and her friendly, knowledgeable staff, are wonderful! If you’re not in NYC, or if you’re a busy bee and need the organic herbs delivered to your door, Mountain Rose Herbs are a great resource. Mountain Rose Herbs is also wonderful if you need herbs in bulk. Their prices are great, too. If you enjoy herbs and wellness, I guarantee that you will enter these two places (literally and virtually) and feel like a kid in a candy store!

Voila! Earth love in a jar. Photo from my personal collection.

Do you enjoy infusions?
If so, what is your favorite and why?
I’d love to hear about it in the comments, below!

In Mama Earth Love,

Margarita

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