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Posted by on Sep 15, 2011 in Colds/Flus/Fevers, Medicinal Recipe, Thyme |

Thyme: Medicinal recipe for respiratory tract infections

Thyme: Medicinal recipe for respiratory tract infections

  Most of us use Thyme in the kitchen with our cooking (if not, you are missing out. It is one of my favorites! SO good), but very few people know that thyme has medicinal attributes as well. The essential oils in Thyme are one of nature’s most potent antimicrobial and antispasmodic substances. Thus, it is good to help cure respiratory tract infections from colds, flus, coughs, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. Herbal Infused Tea Recipe: *Infuse 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves OR 2 tsp. fresh leaves in each 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 15-20 minutes. Strain and drink 3 cups per day....

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Household Recipe, Rosemary |

Rosemary: An essential product for cosmetics and household use

Rosemary is an amazingly versatile herb. You can use it for cooking, for medicine, for cosmetics, and for household products. Here are some non-edible recipes that use Rosemary: Hair Rinse Rosemary and thyme have been used for centuries to darken hair and keep it soft and silky. They also have natural antiseptic properties, which give this rinse the added bonus of keeping your scalp healthy and clean. After several uses, you will notice the results. Herbal rinses need to build up over time, but the advantage is that your hair will darken quite subtly and naturally.   • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1⁄2 tablespoon dried • 2 cups boiling water 1. Place herbs in a glass bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow leaves to steep until cool. Strain liquid and pour into a clean container. 2. To use: After shampooing, pour the rinse over your hair. Do not rinse. Rosemary Disinfectant and Deterrent *Simmer a handful...

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Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Indigestion, Lavender, Medicinal Recipe, Peppermint, Thyme |

Medicinal Recipe: Digestion

Medicinal Recipe: Digestion

If you are having gastrointestinal problems, this is an excellent infused herbal tea to take to strengthen your digestion system: * Peppermint leaves (2 parts) * Lavender flowers (4 parts) * Thyme (5 parts) Steep 2-3 tsp. dried herb mixture or 2-3 tbsp. fresh herb mixture in 1/2 cup boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Strain. Take 1 to 1-1/2 cups a day, in small sips.  You may make a larger batch to last for a few days....

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Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in Herbs, Thyme | 2 comments

Thyme

Thyme

Name: *Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) Description: *sun loving perennial *includes 350 species (such as lemon thyme) *best in zones 5-9 *bees love thyme, so plant if you are trying to encourage bees in your area Parts Used: *leaves, both fresh or dried Position: *good draining soil, best if the soil is somewhat dry (the richer the soil, the less flavor in the leaves) *full sun to partial shade (best in full sun) Propagation: *you can propagate from seed: use cold stratification first, then either directly sow into garden or raise in seed trays indoors, though this needs to be kept warm (60-70degrees F) and rarely watered *you can also propagate from cuttings, use a rooting hormone for best results *you can also propagate from division *lemon thyme must be propagated by cuttings only Maintenance: *weed regularly *there are no significant problems with pests *the plant will rot if it becomes too wet in a cold winter, so protect it *these are really drought-loving plants that need little watering or maintenance...

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