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A member of the labiatae (mint) family, thyme is an herb native to the Mediterranean basin that comes in many varieties. In addition to its culinary uses, thyme is also used as an old-fashioned herbal remedy for easing infections.
Thyme oil has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antispasmodic properties. Thyme oil is also effective against Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Pseudomonas, and can help fight colds, flu, sore throats, coughs, laryngitis, and bronchitis.
For throat, nose, and chest infections, just inhale it; for gum and mouth infections use in a gargle or rinse.
You can use thyme essential oil in other ways as well:
- Use it as a natural hand sanitizer.
- Dilute it and apply it on the affected area to relieve Athlete’s foot, insect bites, and stings.
- Use it to destroy nail fungus, candida, and vaginitis.
- To treat acne and warts, use it in a face wash.
- Use 1% solution as an antibacterial spray for fresh produce.
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This thyme oil vapor steam will help open up and disinfect your nasal passages so you can breath easier.
- Boil the water till steaming, then fill a large bowl with it.
- Add the thyme oil, starting with 10 drops.
- Cover your head with a towel and hold your face over the bowl, allowing the towel to form a steam tent around your head.
- Inhale and breath deeply and calmly. If the scent of thyme is not strong enough to make a difference to your sinuses add another 5-10 drops, as needed.