Remember when Covid first entered our daily lives? Our nervous systems went into survival mode. Personally, I noticed that my senses went on high alert. I was meant to be flying to Hawaii and luckily landed in a temporary place to live with hardly any food. And the next thing you know, a friend brings wine and a roll of toilet paper, another friend brings frozen soup and bread. Then when I finally exhaled and we all began to learn more, I couldn’t wait to support my fellow neighbors with meal exchanges, grocery store trips, and immune system support ideas.
One of my favorite tips I found right away besides zinc, was the healing benefits of thyme. Thyme, (Thymus vulgaris), pungent herb from the mint family (Lamiaceae) known for the aroma and flavor of its dried leaves and flowering tops.
Researchers have validated more local plants that can be used to prevent viruses. They concluded that numerous medicinal plants such as lime, lemon, oranges, grapefruit, green tea, thyme, and garlic can cause interference with COVID-19 pathogenesis via inhibition of virus replication and entry to its host cells. (published in the journal Phytotherapy Research)
Also, considering the antiviral activity of medicinal herbs, a new study published in the journal Current Pharmacology Reports focuses on the identification of potent phytochemicals from Himalayan herbs, namely, Thymus serpyllum.
Here are a few ways you can add more quality THYME 🙂 ha ha into your holidays!
- Dried thyme can be stored safely at room temperature for up to two years but quickly loses its aromatic properties after about a year. Add this to meat, salad dressings, and potatoes.
- Fresh thyme generally lasts for around a week in the refrigerator; its leaves will begin to turn black when it gets old. Fresh thyme can be frozen and added to stocks and stews directly out of the freezer. I just bought little ice cubes of thyme and other herbs for the winter.
- Thyme capsules contain powdered thyme leaves and are typically dosed between 250 and 500 milligrams (mg) daily. Add these any time of day if you don’t like the taste of thyme.
- Thyme essential oil is typically sold in light-resistant amber or cobalt blue bottles. You can store the essential oil in the refrigerator or in a cool, dry room away from direct sunlight. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun can damage essential oils.
I started with ONE drop of thyme oil in 24 oz of water. It was potent at the beginning. Now, almost 1 1/2 years later, I am up to 5-7 drops and my water doesn’t taste right without it.
Was it just about the thyme to help me feel safer? No, it was also that I was taking personal responsibility and trying to do something to help put my mind at ease. We were (and arguably are) in a state of stress and crisis and our nervous system gets stuck in fight and flight.
If a daily practice helps you feel less stressed, then your mind believes this.
The science that correlates how our mind and body are connected to health and healing is more evident than ever before. We all know someone or ourselves included that overcame an issue by shifting our perspective, healing past traumas, or trying something we have never attempted before.
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