Thyme: properties of a useful plant


The first thing that attracts the attention of thyme is the strong smell of the plant. Outgoing from a tiny bouquet, a pleasant aroma embodies the motley grass of meadows and steppes.

Thymus (thyme creeping) is referred to the familyclear-flowered. This perennial plant, a half-shrub 10-15 cm in height, blooms with pink small flowers and has numerous creeping stems and small leaves. Thymus is considered to be a Mediterranean plant, but in our country it is found everywhere, and we use the properties of thyme very often.

For medical purposes, use the herb of thyme, which is harvested during full flowering (June-July).

Chemical composition

Thyme, the properties of which are due to the chemicalcomposition of the plant, contains tannins, beneficial bitterness, essential oil, terpenes, flavonoids, gum, vitamins C and B, carotene, resins, organic acids, mineral salts, oleanolic and ursolic acids, etc.

And in the composition of the essential oil of herb thyme are found phenols (about 60%): carvacrol, thymol, hydrocarbon cymol, terpenes.

Thyme: properties of medicinal plants and application

The use of thyme is very versatile, it is used in culinary, cosmetic, and medicinal purposes.

But today we will talk about what is useful intherapeutic purposes amazing thyme. Its properties can be listed for a long time: it is anti-inflammatory, diuretic, bactericidal, expectorant, wound-healing, antiseptic, sedative, anthelmintic, anticonvulsant, weak sleeping pills, disinfectants, pain killers, spasmolytic, bronchodilators ...

The bitterness present in the plant is excellentstimulates appetite, and also makes it possible to use thyme as an effective remedy for gastrointestinal diseases accompanied by atony or spasms of the intestine and stomach, reduced acidity, abdominal pain, as well as flatulence, hemorrhoids, or worm infestation.

Thyme, the medicinal properties of which we have already learned, is widely used not only folk, but also official medicine in the form of infusions, broths and teas based on it.

Official medicine is a decoction and infusion ofleaves of the plant, as well as liquid extract, which are used as expectorants for bronchitis, pneumonia, diseases of the upper respiratory tract, as well as for colds, pertussis, chest pain, pulmonary tuberculosis, flu, bronchial asthma, hoarseness.

Liquid extract of thyme is also present in the "Pertussin", widely used since ancient times with cough or whooping cough.

Thyme essential oil perfectly disinfects the air in the apartment where the sick person is, this speeds up the healing process.

Decoctions and infusions of this herb are often used to rinse with inflammation of the larynx and mouth, as well as laryngitis, tracheitis or bad smell from the mouth.

Thymus has a restorativeaction, it is especially useful when there is a strong mental strain. Tea from thyme reduces fatigue, contributing to increased vitality and efficiency.

As an analgesic, this remedy is used whenradiculitis and neuritis, as lactogenic - with gynecological diseases. Also with success, thyme is used in liver diseases, dyspnea, heart diseases, sleep disorders, tumors, edema, goiter, anemia, nervous diseases, rheumatism, insomnia, tapeworms, uterine bleeding, with maternal fever and before childbirth, to normalize blood pressure at hypertension.

For external purposes, thyme herb is used for grinding, aromatherapy, compresses or lotions for diseases of the joints, peripheral nerves and muscles, as well as for non-healing wounds, bee stings.

This amazing herb has a useful property for the male population: it relieves of early ejaculation and sexual weakness.

In addition, the thyme property is to prevent early hair loss. And it is used in the preparation of ointments to remove acne, herpes and purulent inflammation.

Recipes with thyme for medicinal purposes

Decoction for use inside: 200 grams of water pour 10 g of raw materials and 15 minutes are kept on a steam bath, often stirring, filter, then bring to the original volume with boiled water. Take three times a day, one spoonful.

In the lumbosacral neuralgia: infusion at the rate of 20 grams of herbs of thyme per liter of water. Hour to insist, take 50 grams four times a day in a warm form.

When cataracts: dry grass is crushed in powder, sieved. Take 100 g of the powder obtained and mix with 500 grams of honey, the hour is infused with stirring in a water bath. It is stored in the refrigerator. Before going to bed every night you need to eat a teaspoon, this will prevent future development of the beginning cataract.

With cystitis and cholecystitis: take a table. a spoon of chopped thyme (herbs) and a glass of boiling water is poured into the thermos. Shake well and leave for infusion for 2 hours. Filter and take inside 50 grams before meals three times a day.

For the prevention of influenza prepare alcoholtincture: take 40 grams of chopped grass and pour 200 grams of vodka. Everyone shakes well and insists 2 weeks in a dark place. After that, tincture is filtered, and the raw material is squeezed. Take 15 caps. on the table. a spoonful of water three times a day. Course - 2 weeks.

With inflamed eyes: wash your eyes or make lotions with water infusion - 60 grams of raw materials per liter of boiling water.

To relieve fatigue, with gout, arthritis, rheumatism take aromatic baths: in 4 liters of water, 500 g of dry plant are brewed, adding to the bath.

With a decrease in sexual function in men: mix 10 grams of chopped grass with water and a small amount of bee honey. The received remedy is taken three times a day.

With poor digestion, kidney ailments,swelling in the intestines, and also as a diuretic, blood-cleansing and stomach-strengthening remedy drink napar from thyme like tea. Dose: 10 g per liter of boiling water.

With dysbiosis: make a decoction from the table. spoons of thyme and 2 glasses of water. Bring to a boil, insist hour and drink 50 grams four times a day. Course from 2 weeks to 2 months. The remedy restores flora in the intestines after a long course of antibiotics. It is also useful for chronic gastritis of reduced acidity.


Thyme, the properties of which are so priceless, it is impossibletake people with liver and kidney disease, stomach ulcers. Also it is contraindicated in pregnancy. It is not recommended to use the herb for cardiac decompensation, cardiosclerosis, atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation.