Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thyme for a Stuffy Nose

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet must-roses, and with eglantine.

- William Shakespeare,

So many herbs have multiple uses and they often overlap each other. I think it is nature's way of providing, so that whatever season or whatever herb is growing in your area, you can find something to ease your discomfort. Thyme is one the most versatile herbs around, yet we often think of it only for cooking purposes.

Thyme can be used as a moth repellent, and a mouthwash. The Romans used it to cure a hangover and to bathe in to ease aches and pains. We often think of lavender associated with pleasant dreams, but thyme can also produce the same relaxed and gentle sleep. Just put a little in your pillow case and then it's nightie- nightie.

It seems every one I know is complaining about coughs, colds, aches and pains. Along with that comes the stuffy nose. If the bug has got a hold of you, too, try this for a natural way to help you breathe a little easier:

2 pints boiling water
4 drops of thyme essential oil

Pour the boiling water into a bowl. Add the oil. Put a towel over your head to contain the steam, and breathe in the decongestant fumes deeply for about 10 minutes. After treatment, rest for half an hour in a warm place.

I hope for your sake that you manage to avoid the flu or a cold this season; if not, maybe it's time for thyme.

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Kanak Hagjer said...

Interesting post! So true about herbs having multiple uses. For us, the basil is used in almost the same way.

Rose said...

Now I wish I had added some thyme to my garden! But I do have lots of yarrow, and thank you for all the tips regarding it. I never realized it had medicinal properties as well. If I ever do cut myself in the garden, it won't be hard to find some yarrow nearby to help the healing, because I now have it growing everywhere.

Nell Jean said...

Mama used to make Sage tea using culinary sage, for colds. I think Thyme would taste much better. There's nothing tastier for Turkey and dressing than thyme, and it is wonderful for stuffed mushrooms among many other uses.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Thyme is one of my favorite herbs to use in cooking, but I never thought of it medicinally. I go to a naturopath, so I guess I should have thought about this. Thanks for the remedies! I want to make a note...


Sheila :-)

Enzie Shahmiri said...

I have planted Thyme in my garden and it's nice to learn that there are so many wonderful uses for it other than use in recipes. Great post!

Enzie via Sur La Table Cuisine

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maxfate said...

My mom made a Tea of sage, garlic, and chicken broth for colds,that I still use, and it does seem to help.Like Nell Jean though, I think Thyme will be much more tasty!