Thyme is an amazing and healthy herb.
Thyme (thyme, Bogorodskaya grass) is a low shrub, which consists of straight or creeping stems, round or elliptical leaves, in height can reach 25-30 cm in height. The plant itself is unpretentious, even in the wild, it grows in the fields, it can easily be grown in the garden or in a flower bed.
By the way, precisely because of the beautiful pinkish-purple inflorescences, thyme is often used for decorative purposes, especially with regard to the creation of landscape designs of homestead plots and parks. However, the main feature of such a plant is not at all the beautiful flowers, but the presence in it of a wide range of medicinal properties that have been successfully used in traditional medicine all over the world for a very long time.
About medicinal and beneficial properties of thyme was known many centuries ago, it was used as a universal remedy for many diseases, for example, ancient Greek scientists recommended to sniff it with fainting and take it with asthma, as well as effective treatment for many female ailments.
In the countries of the ancient world, thyme was equated to sacred plants, for example, in Ancient Greece it was considered the grass of Aphrodite and used for the rites of sacrifice: watching the smoke from a lit plant, if it rose as a pillar to the sky, it spoke of the favor of the gods.
In ancient Rome, it was believed that thyme - an excellent tool for maintaining male strength, as well as to maintain the vigor of the spirit, so in ancient times, many men always carried it with them.
In Russia, sprigs of thyme were decorated with icons during the celebration of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God, from which another name for such grass came, and the flowers and branches of thyme, laid as an icon, acquired healing power that protected the house from all evil and bad looks.
Brides and young girls at the wedding ceremony made for themselves wreaths on the head or bracelets from thyme, which was a symbol of fertility, beauty and youth. At present, thyme continues to be actively used not only in folk medicine, but also in traditional medicine, in addition to this, it has been actively used in other areas: cosmetology, dietetics, cooking and pharmacology.
The composition and beneficial properties of thyme
Thyme is a storehouse of beneficial properties and valuable components for the human body, it includes a huge number of trace elements and vitamins that are so necessary for the healthy functioning of the human body.
Thyme contains vitamins A, C and B, as well as phosphorus, potassium, copper, ascorbic and folic acid, resins, flavonoids, tannins and organic acids, as well as many others. Thanks to such a rich and valuable composition, thyme can be used as a powerful disinfectant and wound-healing agent, freshly applied to open wounds, cuts and wounds.
Such a plant is also used as a good expectorant, since ancient times it is taken internally in the treatment of colds, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties of thyme can be indispensable in the treatment of colds, for example, with angina, laryngitis or pharyngitis, and a decoction of thyme leaves is used in the treatment of antritis and a bad cold.
In addition, this herb is useful for people who suffer from urolithiasis, have problems with the respiratory and endocrine systems. Regular consumption of thyme in food contributes to improved blood circulation, as well as the restoration of the metabolic process in the nerve cells.
Not in vain, since ancient times, thyme has been used as a good sedative, stimulating the psycho-emotional state of a person. Thanks to its components, it is able to relieve in a short time a severe headache, relieve physical fatigue, and if you drink a course of drugs with thyme in the composition, you can get rid of insomnia and bad sleep.
It is also known that the thyme has a positive effect on the digestive system: the intestinal microflora is restored, especially after a long reception of antibiotics, promotes increased secretion of gastric juice, and also has a parasitic effect.
It is worth noting that from time immemorial thyme has been used as a means to combat alcohol dependence. It is enough each time to add it to food, and in the stomach of the patient, he will begin to react with alcohol, causing vomiting and other unpleasant sensations in the stomach.
Best of all, the patient may not even be aware that something is being reported to his food, as with the right preparation, he will not change the taste of the dish much. It should also be noted that the preparations with thyme are used for the treatment and prevention of "male" problems - impotence and prostatitis.
The use of thyme in traditional medicine
For medical use, thyme is usually pretreated: it is used to prepare decoctions, tinctures, oils and extracts, each of which can have dozens of recipes used for a particular case. In some recipes, fresh leaves or inflorescences, seeds can be used, and in some, dry leaves or powder from them are suitable.
For the general improvement of the body, strengthening the immune and nervous system, you can brew tea from thyme, which is useful to combine with other medicinal herbs: St. John's wort, chamomile, lingonberry. To do this, enough 20 g of the mixture to pour a glass of boiling water, insist for 15 minutes, and then eat instead of tea, at first you may be surprised by its unusual taste, but adding there is a spoonful of honey, you will completely abandon the usual tea soon.
In addition to tinctures, decoctions and any other use inside, sometimes inhalations based on thyme are used to treat the respiratory organs.
The simplest option is to brew a bunch of thyme with boiling water and breathe over the steam, but for such purposes it is better to use thyme oil and a home inhaler, which is sold in ordinary pharmacies.
By the way, thyme oil is widely used in aromatherapy, since the volatile substances contained in it have a powerful anti-stress, tonic and antiseptic effect.
Women often use thyme as a spice in cooking: it is added as a seasoning to meat and vegetable dishes, with its help they acquire a characteristic and very pleasant taste.
Contraindications, though not too extensive, but they still exist and should be considered if you seriously decided to improve your health at the expense of such a medicinal herb.
Thyme is not recommended during pregnancy and during feeding (although expert opinions differ on this point), as well as in case of serious and chronic diseases of the digestive system (ulcers, severe liver diseases). Also, use thyme should be very careful if there are problems with the endocrine system or the thyroid gland.
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