Thyme or Thymus vulgaris is a plant belonging to the Lamiaceae family. In Provence, it is commonly called farigoule. It is one of the most widely used spices in the world. Apart from the culinary universe, it occupies a very large place in the field of phytotherapy. It has many medicinal properties. It also contains a non-negligible amount of components and active principles. We distinguish, among others, a high percentage of essential oil, flavonoids, phenolic acids, terpene derivatives and polysaccharides.
Thyme can cure many ailments. In particular, it helps to treat respiratory problemsdigestive, dermatological and many more.
Among the diseases affecting the respiratory tract, this medicinal plant improves the situation in case of:
- whooping cough
- Flu, cold and cough
In case of dysfunction of the digestive tract, thyme improves digestive comfort. It promotes the expulsion of gas and reduces flatulence and diarrhea. It also helps to treat infections and inflammations in the intestines. Examples include dysentery or colitis.
Farigoule has antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. As a result, it makes it possible to prevent and cure multiple skin conditions. It contributes, for example, to treat fungal infections, herpes or wounds.
This plant participates in maintaining good oral hygiene. It soothes gingivitis, prevents cavities and freshens breath.
Furthermore, she has the ability to stimulate the immune system. In case of fatigue or low energy, it gives a “boost” effect to the body.
In natural medicine, the most common forms of use of thyme are herbal tea, mother tincture, powder and essential oil.
Recommendations for use
Thyme is used both internally and externally.
For internal use, the infusion is preferred in the event of respiratory and digestive pathologies. For 150 ml of boiling water, you need a tablespoon of dry extracts. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes then drink up to 3 cups a day. This herbal tea is also effective in treating skin problems. For this, it must be applied directly to the skin via a compress. It can also be used as a gargle or mouthwash.
For relieve sore throatit is enough to take 4-8 g of powder with honey or diluted in a drink.
The mother tincture, on the other hand, helps stimulate the immune system. To do this, dilute 25-30 drops of tincture in water and take 3 times a day.
For external use, the essential oil must be diluted in vegetable oil. Then apply the mixture to the parts to be treated.
Reasons for caution
I’thyme essential oil should not be used during pregnancy and lactation. This plant is also prohibited for people suffering from high blood pressure.