How to Cure Hoarseness with Thyme
Hoarseness in the throat is mostly due to physiological causes, such as small injuries that affect the dorsal area. These end up hurting the nerves in charge of coordination. This harm can be due to diseases in the respiratory system, bad use of your voice, nerves or excessive exposure to the cold. Laryngitis is also a common reason for hoarseness. It's a very common condition, which is why we'd like to tell you how to cure hoarseness with thyme.
Health benefits of thyme
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a herb that belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is a relative of the oregano genus Origanum. Often its leaves are dried and used as seasoning for everyday cooking, but when it comes to utilizing health benefits, fresh is always best.
Thyme oil, a popular essential oil contains thymol - which gives it so many antiseptic properties. Because of this, thyme oil is commonly used in mouthwashes and toothpastes. It effectively kills germs and infections in the mouth and protects the teeth from plaque and decay.
Actually, thymol provides the distinctive and prominent flavor of the herb. Likewise, it can kill fungi which is why it is often found in commercial hand sanitizers. Thyme contains the bacteria fighter known as carvacrol and has a variety of flavonoids, including apigenin, naringenin, luteolin and thymonin. These flavonoids increase the herb’s antioxidant capacity.
Furthermore, a cool thyme infusion is a good choice for cystitis (UTI) or an irritable bladder, especially when used in conjunction with soothing herbs like marshmallow and couch grass.
Thyme for sore throat
Thyme is one of the go to herbal solutions for a cold or sore throat. This is because of its rich anti antiseptic and antibiotic properties.
A sweet thyme infusion (which we will show you how to make in a moment) is an ideal remedy to treat hoarseness and pain in the throat. Likewise, if you have a fever, it will bring it down by stimulating perspiration.
Thyme oil is one of the most powerful natural antimicrobials. Its carvacrol content is a major reason why it’s one of the most popular essential oils for a sore throat.
In fact, a study on thyme oil was conducted by the Medical and Sanitary Microbiology Department at Medical University of Lodz in Poland. They wanted to measure its response to 120 different strains of bacteria isolated from patients with infections of the oral cavity, respiratory tract and genitourinary tract. The results showed that thyme oil exhibited extremely strong activity against all of the clinical strains. It even proved well against antibiotic-resistant strains.
How to use thyme for hoarse throat
Here are some simple steps you can follow to make an effective thyme infusion for hoarseness.
- First of all you should scald some fresh thyme in a mug with hot water. Take into account that you only need to scald it.
- Next, leave the thyme to rest in the hot water mug for ten minutes and then sieve it.
- Aside, squeeze the juice out of half a lemon.
- Next, you should add half a lemon's juice to the sieved thyme and a spoonful of honey (use agave nectar or ginger if you are vegan).
- Finally, the thyme infusion is ready. To make sure it helps you cure your hoarseness, drink it slowly, making sure you don't scald yourself. You should also take it once a day during a week so it works properly and make sure your hoarseness doesn't come back.
There are other natural remedies such as ginger and honey, slippery elm bark or cayenne pepper and onion.
If you don't manage to cure your hoarseness with this remedy you should visit your doctor.
This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.
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- Thyme is a good expectorant, that's why it's recommended for hoarseness.
- You can also add some drops of chamomile and lavender oil to make the tea more effective.