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Natural Farmacy: Health Guide: Ingredients: Thyme: Health Conditions

Thyme  Thymus vulgaris
One of the ingredients in bouquet garni along with bay leaf, parsley and celery.

A powerful disinfectant based on its most healing component: thymol, a powerful germicide.

Has mucus clearing properties.

For medicinal use: steep 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves in 2 cups boiling water for 5 minutes. This tea can be used externally 2-3 times a day to treat acne, insect bites, bee stings, wounds and athlete's foot.

Treat respiratory infections by inhaling the vapors of 5 drops of thyme essential oil mixed in a bowl of hot water.

To make a healing tea that loosens mucus in the bronchial tubes: steep for 10 minutes 2 teaspoons licorice root, 2 teaspoons thyme and 1 teaspoon fennel seeds in 2 cups boiling water. Strain and drink 2 cups daily.

Thyme tea relieves coughs, sore throat and bronchitis symptoms.

Used medicinally by the Greeks and for purification.

Use caution if you are pregnant or if the tea causes a stomach ache.

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