The ideal ally in maintaining the health of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract
Thyme tincture provides a rich supply of nutrients and bioactive substances with antibiotic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antispastic, expectorant, stomachic, carminative, choleretic, cholagogue, diuretic, anthelmintic, analgesic, healing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect.
- - glass container (jar)
- - scissors
- The thyme twigs will be washed under running water, shaken well from the excess water and left to drain for 15 minutes on a paper towel. Both fresh thyme and dried thyme (the aerial part of the plant) can be used.
- Thyme can be used in tincture both whole and shredded. I chose to use it whole.
Cut the thyme sprigs with a pair of scissors so that they fit into the container.
We place them in the container with the tip down.
⚠ You can choose to grind the thyme with a grinder if it is well dried or chop it with a knife if it is fresh.
- Pour the alcohol into the container over the thyme sprigs so that they are covered until the container is full.
- The container (jar) should be sealed (with a lid or with a foil and an elastic band) and left to macerate for at least 2 weeks, in a dark and ventilated place. During maceration it is recommended to shake the jar at least once a day.
→ Finally, if ground / chopped thyme has been used, the tincture will be strained / filtered with a gauze or fine sieve.
→ If I have used whole twigs (my case), filtering the tincture is no longer necessary and you can leave the thyme twigs in the container as you consume the tincture.
⚠ However, it is recommended to keep the tincture in small, dark, drip-colored bottles to avoid contact with air and light.
⚠ For a full clarification, after the first filtration, the tincture can be left to decant in the refrigerator for another 3-7 days, then the clear part will be poured into small, dark containers, possibly with a drip.
Stoarge and validity:
- it is recommended to keep in small, dark bottles, possibly with a drip, in ventilated places, protected from light;
- consumption is recommended within 2 years from the date of preparation.
✔ Internal: 20-60 drops (~ 1-3 ml) 3-4 times a day, diluted in a little boiled and cooled water (~ 50 ml), 30 minutes before meals. The maximum dose of 60 drops is the equivalent of 3 ml of tincture, ie ~ half a teaspoon, a teaspoon of boiling ~ 5 ml.
In more severe respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis / cough, the dose may be increased to 6 times a day, but not for more than 10 days.
Cures of a maximum of 14 days are generally recommended and as an alcoholic solution, great care must be taken not to interact with other drugs or conditions. If more than one course is needed, breaks between 1-2 week courses are recommended.
✔ External: thyme tincture can be used as such or diluted with distilled water (boiled and cooled), applied to the skin by massage or to soak compresses and apply them on affected areas.
To prevent infection, some lesions can be washed with thyme tincture diluted in distilled water, being a good disinfectant.
For fungal nail or toe fungus, use pure (undiluted) thyme tincture: soak a gauze pad, apply to the affected area, wrap in nylon (cling film) to prevent evaporation and leave for at least 2 hours (or even overnight) to act.
⚠ Dilution of thyme tincture can be done both in distilled water (boiled and cooled) and in chilled thyme infusion.
It is recommended to shake the tincture before use.
Thyme tincture has the following action:
- antiseptic / antimicrobial / disinfectant;
- stomach (promotes gastric digestion);
- carminative (favors the expulsion of intestinal gases);
- choleretic (stimulates bile secretion of the liver);
- cholagogue (favors the evacuation of the bile into the duodenum);
- anthelmintic (fights the development of intestinal worms);
- analgesic / analgesic;
Recommended in diseases of the digestive system (gastrointestinal tract):
- treats bloating;
- removes intestinal fermentation, abdominal discomfort and abdominal tension;
- stimulates digestion;
- protects the intestinal mucosa;
- helps eliminate worms and intestinal parasites (giardia / lamblia, roundworms, pinworms);
- helps in dyspeptic disorders (indigestion);
- helps in digestive disorders such as: fermentation colitis, enterocolitis, angiocolitis;
Recommended for respiratory disorders:
- stimulates lung function;
- helps relieve respiratory viruses, acute bronchitis;
- laryngitis, pharyngitis;
- helps relieve cough;
- helps to treat colds, reduce fever;
- helps to treat fungal infections located on the nails (onychomycosis) and on the toes (athlete's foot disease);
- internal disinfectant including urinary tract;
- has a calming and relaxing effect on the muscles as a result of physical exertion;
- helps in skin ulcers, wounds, itching, seborrheic dermatosis, eczema, shingles, trichophytia;
- contraindicated for those with allergy to thyme and honey;
- thyme may increase the risk of bleeding in people taking blood thinners (aspirin, warfarin);
- thyme should be avoided by people suffering from hormonal diseases;
- contraindicated for pregnant and lactating women;
- contraindicated for those with irritable bowel disease;
- contraindicated for those with high blood pressure, mental hyperexcitability;
- contraindicated for those with liver failure;
- contraindicated in pancreatic insufficiency;
Therefore, for a correct diagnosis and treatment, it is recommended to consult a specialist.