5 Household Uses for Thyme


| 3/27/2017 12:12:00 PM



Herbs have been household staples throughout the centuries due to their culinary and medicinal uses. Today, most herbs have been relegated to the kitchen and thyme (thymus vulgaris) is no exception. Although this herb does add delicious flavor to meats and stews, it has plenty more to offer.

Recent studies have shown that thyme oil is among the most effective essential oils for battling E. coli and other harmful food-borne bacteria. In addition, it has been used through the ages to treat muscle spasms, cough and infection. Take thyme out of the spice rack and boost the health of your family with this simple household uses.

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1. Cough Eliminator: Thyme can be infused into a tea or tincture to help relieve respiratory ailments such as cough and sore throat. Traditionally used to treat whooping cough, it’s also safe for babies and small children. To use: Add 2 teaspoons of fresh or dried thyme to 1 cup of hot water and steep for 10-15 minutes for best results.

2. Tummy Soother: In The Herbal Apothecary, author JJ Pursell shares that thyme can also be used to relax muscles in the digestive and reproductive systems which may relieve stomach or menstrual cramps.



3. Healthy Mouth: Thyme was traditionally used to treat cavities, due to its antioxidant and antibacterial properties that make it useful in combating infections. Add thyme to natural, homemade mouth rinses to give them an extra boost of antimicrobial action.