Most of the herbs used in cooking have positive healing effects and are used in the making of herbal medicines as well as for flavouring added to dishes.
In this series which follows, we deal with the more common herbs and their medicinal values.
The ancient Greeks knew the use of thyme for sore throat, colds, coughs and chest problems---they also used it as an anti biotic and anti bacterial by pouring one cup of boiling water on one teaspoon of dried herb.If you are fortunate to have fresh thyme growing in the garden use 2 big twigs in boiling water.Strain and drink hot or cold.
Ok, so the Greeks did not have the current range of medical drugs for that purpose and to their credit they did not suffer the aftereffects and side effects from those drugs - thyme does not have any side effects and can also be used together with any medication.
Its anti fungal properties are useful in cases of athletes foot--soak feet in a mixture of 4 teaspoons to a liter of water.
For a mouthwash used one teaspoon dried herbs in a cup of boiling water and gargle. You could do the same for sore throat and bad breath.
For dandruff try a stronger mixture and rub well into the scalp—keep the liquid in the fridge after using, it tend to go off if left in warmth. Three teaspoons to one cup of boiling water
A tea of caffeine free thyme is a great preventative for infections.One teaspoon to One cup of water.Add lemon and honey or sugar and hot or cold, it makes for a delicious drink.
Sometimes a cup of thyme tea will immediately alleviate stomach pains especially gas.
In general herbs are a natural healing agent and work at the pace that the body allows, it does not force healing just works with the body to rectify what’s amiss..
There are really no quick fixes when it comes to dis-ease—it probably takes the body sometime to show the symptoms of illness and to cure that properly though diet and herbs takes time too.
Ordinary medicine will alleviate the symptoms but does it effect a cure?
For more in depth details about thyme and other herbs visit our website at www.herbsorganic.co.za or go to herb pictures and information.
IN MOST CASES WE REFER TO DRIED HERB WHEN ADVOCATING AMOUNTS IN TEASPOON FOR TEAS .
DOUBLE THE AMOUNT WHEN USING FRESH HERB.
In the next newsletter we will deal with the herb Plantain in the series called
Street-wise-talking about herbs we see everyday in our garden and streets.