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.
Both fresh and dried thyme can be used.
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.
It can be used both internally (diluted in water or with a little honey) and externally in rubbing, compresses / poultices.
✔ 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. Being an alcoholic solution, great care must be taken not to interact with other medications or other conditions. If more cures are needed, breaks between cures of 1-2 weeks 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.
Effects and benefits
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):
removes intestinal fermentation, abdominal discomfort and abdominal tension;