Thyme is used quite often in our household. We use Thyme Cough Syrup to help with coughing, Clear Chest Salve as a chest poultice for a painful, hacking cough or if bronchitis is present, and as an antibacterial ointment for any infection. I drank copious amounts of thyme and sage tea as an internal antibacterial to stave off infection after I burnt my leg.
We apply Thyme Salve to every infection we have and it is awesome!
During cold and flu season and depending on my respiratory tissue state, we will use one of our chest salves. This Thyme Salve is excellent as a chest poultice for when you need help clearing mucous from the respiratory tract and lungs. The pulmonary uses of thyme are based on its antiseptic and anti-bacterial actions combined with the expectorant and spasmolytic actions. This is particularly helpful during acute symptoms for respiratory distress, especially bronchitis.
In a double boiler (or a pot nestled in a larger pot filled with a bit of water) over medium heat, add the oils and beeswax.
Stir until the beeswax melts and is fully incorporated.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a moment.
Add the essential oils. Stir.
Pour into clean and sterilised jars.
Thyme: Anti-septic, anti-helmintic (anti-parasite), anti-viral, anti-bacterial, astringent, expectorant, secretolitic (decreases over-secretions), spasmolytic, anti-fungal
Eucalyptus: antibacterial, decongestant, affinity for respiratory system, anti-inflammatory
There are so many different kinds of thyme. I was just working with some yesterday that was planted in front of a few roses I was spreading mulch for. I just pulled the tops off and mulched over them. They grow like weeds. I do not know what kind they are. Others have different aromas of course.
I love thyme. I try to plant as many types as I can. What ones would you recommend for my climate…Central Europe with a proper winter, snow, below 0 temps lasting 4 months at least.
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I am sorry that I am the wrong person to ask. We have a few available here. I do not know what is available there. Those I work with select the color they prefer for the application. For a garden, they would be selected by aroma. I would guess that if it is available there, it is probably well suited to the region. A local horticultural professional would know better than I do.