It's that time of year, and the weather has been frightful to boot. This is my favorite remedy for colds, flus, respiratory infections - even urinary tract infections! This will spike/break a fever, so "check with your doctor" or otherwise make sure you're not applying to someone who might be at risk from an increased temperature or dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids beforehand.
Thyme Bath Boil 2 quarts water Add 2 cups dried thyme Remove from heat, cover and let steep 10 minutes Add strained thyme decoction to bathwater that is as hot as you can stand it Stay in hot bath until you are sweating, as long as you can while it is still hot Get out, dry quickly, and wrap up in robe, etc. and climb under the covers This should create a sweat lasting 30 minutes or more
It's my understanding (I'm not an herbalist) that thyme has anti-viral, anti-bacterial properties and the combination of inhaling the bath vapors and soaking through the skin is quite powerful. Plus, fevers are truly quite powerful, useful agents themselves, and this bath sure gets them to do the trick! I've used this for family members and myself with incredible results. I would love to hear if others have tried thyme like this, or something similar.
I hope I catch a cold soon. How does thyme grow up here in Western WA?
posted 10 years ago
Would it be advisable to gargle with thyme & water? I've been having terrible trouble with my throat lately. Been using salt water or hydrogen peroxide. I completely forgot I had a tea tree oil mouthwash. Going to try it too.
Thanks for the well-wishes, Jocelyn. Apparently whatever I had needed an antibiotic, because it did the trick. By the time I posted about the thyme, I was just about gargled out, but I made myself use of the rest of the tea tree oil mouthwash, just because I already had it. I'm doing much better now. Will try it another...thyme!
Hi Jami, I have an old thyme bush, that is the regular, upright thyme - don't know the variety other than that - and it does work for this (as opposed to the trailing, creeping or woolly types). At the moment, I'm not exactly set up to dry large quantities of herbs, so for the bath, I usually buy dried thyme in bulk. It's so much easier to have on hand before you get sick... I once tried to substitute fresh thyme instead of dried, and even though I quadrupled the quantity (I think I used about 6-8 cups fresh - it's been a while) it just did not have the same potency.
Brenda - good tip about the sage tea! I'll have to try that one!