For thousands of years, thyme has been a superstar of the herb garden. As an antidote for poison, a plague preventative, a symbol of bravery in battle and a stalwart companion to the grave, thyme has a far more storied past than you’d think if you were walking past it in the supermarket today.
Thyme’s reputation as a healer and protector goes back thousands of years. In the Roman era, it was widely held that eating thyme either before or during a meal would protect you from poison. For obvious reasons, this made the herb a particular favorite of the emperors. It was even said that a bath in warm water liberally dosed with thyme could stop the effects of poison after it was inadvertently consumed.
But putting the poison history behind... let's talk about strep or sore throat.
There are several studies showing thyme oil to be HIGHLY effective against numerous strains of bacteria in the 2011 study bacteria was taken from patients with oral, respiratory and urinary tract infections, including several antibiotic-resistant strains.
Another 2013 study focused more specifically on strep throat. Of the many essential oils they studied, it was found that 5 exhibited “significant antibacterial activity” against strep. Those oils were thyme, oregano, cinnamon, lemon grass and winter savory.
The authors of the study also noted that penicillin is not always effective at treating Streptococcus pyogenes. and stated the five herbs could be an “interesting” addition to our “alternative therapeutic arsenal.”
Many recommend adding 2 drops of thyme oil to a mouthful of water and gargling to relieve a sore throat. I also do this using oregano oil, mixing one cup of water with 2 drops of oregano oil, I gargle and brush my teeth at the slightest hint of a sore throat.
Thyme... another good oil to add to my Alternative Arsenal of healing!
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