Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 2. THE HERBS

THYME

THYMUS VULGARIS

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Packed with natural healing compounds—thymol, cineole, borneol, flavonoids, and tannins—this sweet-smelling, flowering beauty packs a powerful punch. Stash this herb in your medicine kit to fight everything from colds and flu symptoms to hair loss and funky breath. While you wouldn’t expect to find this herb in your skincare regimen, its antiseptic, antibacterial, and astringent qualities make it a shoe-in for healing tough acne, preventing blemishes, tightening and toning skin, and deodorizing head to toe. Not bad for something you normally reserve for herbes de Provence.

Did You Know?

If thyme could talk, it’d tell you about how it was used by the Egyptians to mummify the dead, or how the Greeks gave it to its warriors to bolster courage. Because it’s antiseptic, thyme was once used by doctors to clean wounds.

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Herbal Power

MEDICINAL: Treats throat issues like bronchitis, sore throat, and whooping cough; soothes upset stomach, stomach cramps, gas, diarrhea; kills parasites; kills germs that cause bad breath; stimulates appetite; stops tooth decay.

COSMETIC: Stimulates hair growth in blends made with rosemary and cedarwood; treats acne and foot odor.

Application Methods

•Apply as a salve, ointment, poultice, tincture, scrub, or oil

•Drink as a tea

•Eat in food

•Use as a cleaning product

Precautions

None. This flower-meets-spice is completely safe and nontoxic.

Other Names

Common Thyme

French Thyme

Garden Thyme

Red Thyme Oil

Rubbed Thyme

Spanish Thyme

Locating & Growing

Plant these seeds in spring (or anytime on your sill) in a sunny spot that’s got moist, alkaline soil. Trim it often and it will love you.