Thyme is a plant used as a seasoning in the kitchen, however its use in alternative medicine is highly recommended as it conceals numerous medicinal properties.
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Thyme is a clump of stem winding, woody, much branched, less than 30 cm. high, with many leaves, sharp, small (less than 1 cm. long) narrow fluff covered, white on the bottom of the leaves. Originally from the western Mediterranean basin. Being one of the medicinal plants known and used, curiously in ancient Greece almost went unnoticed, and contrary to what happened with parsley, his first culinary uses were as herb. The Romans introduced the Western world to combat cough, but it was not until the eleventh century to be cultivated and popularized throughout Europe. With thyme, a classic culinary herb, prepare a refreshing tea that fights infections and strengthens the respiratory system. It is effective for almost all problems of ear, nose, throat and chest, respiratory disinfects, soothes coughs and promotes the expulsion of phlegm. Thyme tea with or without honey is an excellent remedy for the problems of these areas, such as colds, coughs, nasal congestion, sore throat and tonsillitis. The tea can be used as a gargle and then swallowed. Thyme relieves all types of coughs and respiratory problems and is effective for asthma and shortness of breath. It is often combined with licorice and echinacea. The tea can be taken as a general tonic and to relieve indigestion and gas and treat worms. For arthritis or rheumatism, can be prepared with an invigorating swim tea. Thyme acts on rhinorrhea decreasing nasal secretions. In urinary tract infections, prostatitis, cystitis, urethritis, pyelonephritis. Thyme has antiviral and stimulating virtues and as such can be used to prevent recurrences of herpes zoster. In external use, dermatitis, boils, skin infections, vaginitis, conjunctivitis, otitis, rhinitis, sinusitis, rheumatic pain, stomatitis, toothache, alopecia, ulcers, bruises, sprains, bruises, burns.
Caution should be wary of the essence in high doses especially in application to children because allergic reactions, convulsive phenomena. Thymol, in high doses, can cause liver toxicity, albuminuria and hematuria. Prolonged use of thymol based mouthwashes can cause thyrotoxicosis. Rarely can cause gastrointestinal discomfort or allergic reactions.