Mother’s soul (majcina dusica) or breckland thyme (thymus serpyllum) is a many years plant with purple-red flowers. It is one of the most grown and most popular tea plants in Macedonia. It blooms in June and July, sometimes until September. Flowering parts are used and when cutting, the lower part of the plant mustn’t be damaged, that’s why it is cut with scissors. This plant needs a lot of sun and heat and therefore it can be meet in dry rocky areas and mountain pastures, where there is a warm soil. I’ve picked this plant many times my self, it smells delicious and it’s a real pleasure to pick it.
Thyme is one of the most commonly used herbs: It is used for almost everything – from reatment of colds, to kill some microbes. Majcina dusica has antiseptic effect, it is effective in spasm (cramps) and bronchial diseases. Also it is successfully used against cough. Because it tastes good and smells nice, the children gladly drink it. In addition, it successfully acts against intestinal parasites, especially in children’s worms.
The most effective ingredient in breckland thyme it is thymol, which is contained in etheric oil. Surface parts of the thyme contain essential oil from 0.1 to 1%.Thyme has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial activity, facilitates expectoration of secretions from the lungs and removes pain and weight in the chest. It is used to treat inflammation of the airways and lungs (bronchitis, bronchopneumonia, bronchial asthma, laryngitis, tuberculosis).The mechanism of action of this plant is tied to the presence of thymol. It softens mucus in the airways and stimulates lashes that are coated to airways to easier expel mucus solvent. The action of thyme in cases of common cold and acute bronchitis is scientifically proven. A German study involving 721 patients with bronchitis showed that the extract of thyme relieves cough attacks by 70%.
Due to the high content of thymol, thyme can show and irritating effect on the mucous membrane of the stomach. It is not recommended for long-term use in patients with stomach ulcer or duodenal intestine. Thymol must be carefully dosed and during pregnancy.Thymol in a dose of 0.05 to 0.10 g used in meteorism (gas hose) and diarrhea.
Blend TeaThyme tea is a proven remedy for respiratory disease – especially in increased coughing and bronchial asthma. Tea drink that warmer, in small sips. Is prepared fresh, four to five times a day. If there is danger of inflammation, drink every hour.
For softening of mucus in the bronchi and facilitating expectoration you can prepare tea mix – 15 g breckland thyme, 15 g root primrose (primula officialis), and 15 g of leaves of colts-foot (tussilago farfara). For preparing tea take 1 tablespoon from this mix and pour over 250 ml boiling water. Allow to stand for 15 minutes and add 1 tablespoon of honey. Drink warm gradually in small sips. You should drink 3 to 4 cups a day.
You can also prepare and tincture: 200 g leaf of thyme, 100 g of glycerol, 320 g of concentrated alcohol (96%) and 580 g boiled water. Pour chopped leaves with a mixture of glycerol and alcohol. They should be soaked 8 days and stirred occasionally. Then strain the tincture. Take 20-30 drops from this tincture on a sugar cube 3 times a day. Tincture can be also used for local rubbing (massage) of sore muscles and joints, and in patients with multiple sclerosis.
Sliced fresh thyme can be used as a compress to treat wounds, against suppuration.Thyme, chamomile and yarrow can be used as coatings in various pain (pain, joints …)Rinse mouthIf your child is bigger and knows how to gargle this solution will help to disinfect the oral cavity, thereby mitigate and soar throat, strengthens the gums and freshens breath. It also helps to cleanse the skin.Preparation: Five grams of thyme, soak with one deciliter of lukewarm water and let it stand overnight. In the morning strain and make the gargling or rinse the sore spot during the day.BathIn the tub with warm water, put about 100 grams of thyme. It is recommended for children, about half an hour before bedtime. This bath can regain good sleep. Try it!