Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) - not only good for smoker's cough

chrysolite By chrysolite, 24th May 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Psychologically it is not really a good idea to make the smokers (i.e. approx. 30% of the population) the black sheep of the society after over a century of advertising smoking as "manly" and something that the "touch ones" do. Any grand scale negativity is inappropriate. Yes, we now better now, smoking isn't good for health, but many still can't stop smoking as nicotine is a most addictive substance. Let's see what the little Thyme can do for us.

Thymus vulgaris

This small, evergreen, aromatic shrub grows wild in dry mountain areas in Europe and Asia. Its compact growing habit, the fragrant foliage and colourful flowers make it ideal for gardens and containers. Its abundant nectar makes Thyme an important plant for bees. Use the whole plant, leaves and flowering tops.

What can thyme do for you?

Thyme is an aromatic, warming, astringent herb that is an expectorant (makes coughing easier) and helps to control coughs, improves digestion, relaxes spasms, it's strongly antiseptic and anti-fungal. Thyme is NOT given to pregnant women.

Make an infusion: Use a pinch of the herb (what you can pick up with three fingers), pour boiling water over the herb, cover with a lid and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain, sweeten with honey and sip slowly. Drink 3 cups a day.

This will aid dry coughs, smoker's cough, whooping cough, bronchitis, bronchial catarrh, asthma. Also take the "onion/honey juice" which is also an excellent aid for coughs.

Thyme in the kitchen

Thyme has quite a strong flavour, so use sparingly to enhance salads, soups, marinades, stuffings, casseroles and vegetables like mushrooms and courgettes. Thyme and rosemary are often combined to make aromatic vinegars and oils (i.e. use apple cider vinegar and olive oil, very delicious!).

Let food be your medicine .... yes, use all the good kitchen herbs, if possible of organic origin (i.e. best to grow them yourself!), a little goes a long way and will help you to regain or maintain good health.

How to Harvest & Store Thyme

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Anti-Fungal, Antiseptic, Asthma, Astringent, Bronchitis, Condiment, Cough, Herb, Improve Digestion, Kitchen, Relaxes Spasms, Smokers Cough, Thyme, Thymus Vulgaris, Warming

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author avatar Shastri JC Philip
12th Jun 2010 (#)

I enjoyed this article on Thyme, and hope to read more of your writings.

Shastri JC Philip

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