Dr Melva Martin - for a Wellness & Energy Generation

Home Remedies


There are many species of thyme and all have similar therapeutic properties.  The best known uses of thyme are as an antiseptic and for the digestion of fatty foods.  Thyme is an easy herb to grow and is readily available as a dried herb in supermarkets among the processed 'herbs'.  Use this herb either fresh or dried for:

  • respiratory problems - sore throat, bronchitis, coughs - use as a tea which may be sweetened with honey.  As an inhalation - add boiling water to thyme or boil apple cider vinegar and add thyme then cover head with a towel and sniff the steam from the inhalation pot.                                
  • skin problems - athletes foot or fungal infections, excema, scabies, infections, minor wounds and abrasions. Use thyme in bathwater.  Make a strong tea and apply with a compress and bandage.  Another method is to make an oil:  chop thyme leaves and flowers and cover with olive oil in a glass jar.  Leave in a sunny position for 14 days giving the jar a shake every day.  Strain off the oil and use on skin.
  • Thyme can be used in cooking, especially fatty dishes.  It is an essential ingredient in stuffing for roast chickens and meat.