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Thyme Is On My Side: Health Benefits of a Common Herb

Did you know there are many ways to treat common cold symptoms just hanging out in your spice rack. Thyme is ready to tackle your cough.

Thyme, an amazing herb, has been used for centuries as a cough remedy, digestive aid and treatment for intestinal parasites. The active ingredient in this common herb is thymol which can be found in Listerine mouthwash because of its well-known antibacterial and antifungal properties, and Vicks VapoRub.

Suzanne Zick, a naturopathic physician, recommends drinking tea made from steeping thyme as a treatment for coughs since ingesting or inhaling thymol helps to loosen phlegm and relax the muscles in the respiratory tract. In fact in Germany, concoctions made with thyme are often prescribed for coughs, including those resulting from whooping cough, bronchitis and emphysema.

To make a tea, use two teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water and steep for ten minutes. Add sage to the tea if you have a nagging cough. The Food and Drug Administration includes thyme on its list of herbs generally regarded as safe, but large doses may cause intestinal problems.

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grl-in-the-world grl-in-the-world 10 years
I'm a big fan of using natural remedies to prevent and shorten the duration of illnesses, and have had really good luck with them. My favourite is olive leaf extract. You can get it at any healthfood of drugstore in the vitamin isle. If you take it when you first start to feel under the weather you can really save yourself some sick days. Just a note: the active ingredient in Thyme is highly poisonous to dogs and cats, so keep all thyme cleaning products and foods away from your furry friends.
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
Thyme both fresh and dried is a favorite of mine. I love it in a steak marinade.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
wow, very cool find on the cinnamon thing. i love thyme....its got such an great flavor. who knew that it is also good for you too!
JessNess JessNess 10 years
oh yeah. Fit I read this article in Cooking Light on herbs and spices. In research done by a guy at my school they found that when people added a tablespoon of cinnamon daily to their food it lowered their cholestrol over a period of forty days
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I love herbs!!! I just bought some great smelling cilantro
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