Thyme creeping, or thyme is a rapidly growing perennial half-shrub of the family of clear or labiate.
It has a creeping stalk of red-brown color with leaves of oblong form and flowers of pink or lilac shades.
The flowering period is June, July and August.
The fruit of the plant is a nut with a length of up to 7 mm, which ripens from July to September.
A relative of creeping is considered ordinary thyme, having ascending stems with small, twisted at the edges, leaves, lilac flowers and fruit in the form of nutlets.
In ordinary thyme contains twice as much essential oil.
The plant is spread on stony and sandy soils, on dry meadows and in bogs in the middle belt of the European part of Russia, in Siberia, in the Urals and in Kazakhstan.
Proven effective recipes for the preparation of medicinal products for the preservation of health and beauty have been known for many decades.
Currently, thyme is popular as an aromatic spice in the food industry.
Collection, storage and storage of
The leaves and flowers are of particular value in the plant, which are collected during the active flowering period - in June-August, dried, threshed and sifted through a sieve.
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When collecting medicinal herbs, it is necessary to avoid territories:
- near highways,
- areas with high radiation and poor ecology,
- dumps and places where industrial enterprises are located nearby.
Such blanks not only will not bring benefits to the human body, but can have a negative impact.
In dry form, the plant retains its specific spicy-bitter taste and pleasant aroma.
It is recommended to store thyme in a container with a tightly closed lid for no more than 2-3 years.
Growing in the garden plot
Plant seeds are sensitive to sunlight, so they should only be lightly sprinkled with the ground when planting.
Shoots can be seen in 10-20 days, when the temperature reaches 20 degrees Celsius and above.
In the first 12 months the plant produces several small twigs, which require regular weeding.
In the second year of life thyme blooms, but it is too early to collect grass at this time.
Part of the shoots must be sprinkled in this period with soil to improve the nutrition and growth of the shrub.
The site of planting should be thoroughly cleaned of weeds, the soil with the plant is treated shallowly.
Thyme prefers neutral and slightly alkaline soils and plenty of sunlight.
Chemical composition of
The healing properties of thyme are due to a rich useful composition:
- thymol( 20-40%), borneol, carvacrol contained in essential oil;
- vitamin A( 190 μg);
- tanning agents;
- vitamin E( 7.4 mg);
- ash( 11.7 grams);
- vitamin D;
- water( 7.8 grams);
- is oleanolic acid;
- vitamin C( 50 mg);
- vitamin K;
- ursolic acid;
- mineral salts in large quantities;
- vitamins of group B;
- dietary fiber( 37 grams).
Useful properties of
Thyme has many useful properties that help prevent the development and cure various diseases and pathologies of the human body:
- The plant is characterized by analgesic action in neuritis, radiculitis and rheumatism, it removes pain in the abdomen.
- Helps to cope with sleep disturbances.
- Thyme treats colds, dysentery, ulcer and polyps of the stomach, pathologies of the nervous and cardiovascular system.
- The plant has a positive effect on liver activity( about treatment of the gallbladder at home is written here).
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- Component-based agents promote wound healing.
- Thyme is used to eliminate swelling( about the leaves of cowberry from swelling during pregnancy written here).
- Used to combat diabetes and anemia.
- The plant helps to remove slags from the body.
- A semi-shrub added to the bath is used to get rid of infections of the genitourinary system.
- Increases performance.
- Pillows with healing grass inside help to calm down and get rid of headaches.
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Also to the properties of the medicinal plant are:
- is a diuretic;
- is antipyretic.
Interesting! It is believed that inhaling the aroma of thyme leads to longevity and good health.
Since ancient times, thyme has been used to make aromatic baths. To do this, add 5 grams of water to the water. In addition, the half-shrub can be used as compresses and lotions.
In folk medicine
Healing actions of the plant allow using it to prepare natural remedies for a variety of diseases and problems at home:
To prepare tea from medicinal herbs, pour 1 teaspoon of boiled water with 2 teaspoons of crushed dry raw material.
Next, the fragrant mass is insisted for no more than 10 minutes, carefully filtered and used as tea up to 3 times a day.
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Thyme grass and bilberry shoots are mixed in equal proportions.
Next, 1 tablespoon of the mixture is added to 1 cup of boiled water, it is insisted for about 30 minutes, filtered, divided into 2 parts and applied during the course of the day after ingestion.
The remedy is used to relieve inflammation, treat diabetes and anemia.
For eczema, dermatitis, pediculosis and skin lesions of a purulent nature, it is recommended to mix 5 grams of neutral soap with 3 grams of thyme oil.
Obtained ointment should be applied to the affected areas on the body.
For 1 cup of boiling water should take 2 tablespoons of thyme in a dry and shredded form, boil the resulting mass for 1-2 minutes and insist in a warm place for 1 hour.
In conclusion, the broth is filtered and used after eating 3 times a day for 100 ml to treat allergies, diabetes and furunculosis.
For getting rid of alcoholism, there is an ancient recipe from thyme and wormwood.
For its preparation it is necessary: to mix bitter wormwood and thyme in the ratio 1: 4.
In 1 glass of water, dilute 1 tablespoon of the resulting collection, boil everything in a water bath for 5 minutes, insist and carefully filter.
It is recommended to use the product in the amount of 1 tablespoon 3 times a day for 2-3 months. The effect is noticeable usually after 2 weeks of continuous treatment.
3 tablespoons of thyme must be dissolved in 100 ml of vodka and insist in a dark place for 3 weeks.
In conclusion, the infusion is filtered and used for grinding with pain in the joints and rheumatism.
With insect bites, it will be easier to apply fresh grass to the affected area.
Many kitchens in the world use the plant in dried form as a flavorful seasoning for the following dishes:
Calorie content of 100 grams of product is 276 kcal.
Energy value of thyme:
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To prepare a fragrant seasoning for second courses and salads, mix 5 grams of thyme with 1 gram of wormwood, 2 grams of rosemary and 12 grams of table salt.
All herbs should be in the form of fine powder.
To please loved ones and guests with fruits with cheese and thyme, it is necessary to disassemble 2 kg of mandarins for slices and fry for 200 minutes in butter.
Then lay out on the crockery and glasses the resulting mass.
500 grams of Mascarpone cheese rubbed on the grater, add 200 grams of cream and vanillin.
The resulting sauce should be filled with tangerines.
To decorate a dish is recommended chopped walnuts, thyme leaves and strawberries. Top with sugar powder.
Effect in cosmetology
The terrestrial part of the plant is widely spread in the perfume industry, thyme oil is effectively used in the production of balms and hair shampoos.
At home from dandruff and hair loss, you should use a thyme infusion for rinsing after washing your head.
For its preparation, pour 1 liter of boiled water into a third of the thyme glass in dry form.
The product should be infused for 1 hour, then the infusion is filtered and used for rinsing, it is necessary to cool it to room temperature.
Thyme oil helps to restore puffing nails and hair after staining or chemical waves.
To prevent the appearance of the fungus, eliminate itching, soften and deodorize the skin of the feet, you can use hot foot basins with the addition of 2 laurel leaves and 1 tablespoon thyme.
After the procedure, you can not rinse your feet for better absorption of the product.
Contraindications to the use of
Each medicinal plant has certain contraindications to use, and thyme is no exception.
It is undesirable to use funds on the basis of a medicinal plant in the following cases:
- Children under 2 years of age.
- In diseases of the kidneys and liver.
- With high blood pressure.
- During pregnancy, due to the present tonic effect, which can cause uterine contractions.
- For stomach and duodenum diseases.
- People with heart failure.
- With emphysema and bronchial asthma.
Important! When using thyme oil, it must be diluted in water, even when taking baths, to avoid getting skin burns.
With prolonged use and overdose of funds from thyme, hyperthyroidism occurs. Symptoms of drug overdose are vomiting and nausea.
With respect to the rules of harvesting, storing and using the plant, thyme will have a positive effect on the beauty and health of all organs and systems of the human body, and dishes with the addition of plants will become the highlight of the table.
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