Two famous women who had a lot of experience in traditional medicine and natural remedies – Hildegard von Binge and Maria Treben – have recommended thyme for reducing stomach ache and menstrual cramps.
Thyme is an excellent natural remedy, also used in case of muscle pain, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, fungus, parasites, and even multiple sclerosis. Thyme baths have been used for years to help children get stronger – especially to improve their immune system, as well as to keep nightmares far away. As thyme is an excellent remedy for insomnia and anxiety, it has been noticed that its relaxing effect helps you have a healthy sleep and eliminates nightmares.
How to Use It
Hildegard said that people who drink a cup of thyme tea in the morning instead of a cup of coffee could benefit from its miraculous effect on the long term. She considered that anyone who does this would notice a considerable improvement in the functioning of the digestive and respiratory systems, but also of the overall health.
The Austrian botanist – Maria Treben – affirmed that in the case of cramps, both stomach and menstrual, thyme can be successfully used as a natural remedy. She recommended internal and external use.
- Thyme Tea
To prepare thyme tea, you need a teaspoon of dry thyme and a cup of hot water. Add the herb to the water, cover the cup and let it there for about 10 minutes. Then, strain the beverage and you can drink the tea. Still, it is recommended to drink it warm, not hot.
In the case of cramps, Maria Treben advised us to sip from this tea, not drink the whole cup at once. Moreover, you should have two cups a day for this kind of problems.
Thyme tea acts as an incredible antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory. But compared to synthetic medicines, this herb has no side effects regarding the gastrointestinal system, such as ulcer, indigestion, bloating, or constipation. In fact, this tea helps you get rid of all these health problems.
- External Use
For external use, you need a small pillow case, or even a cotton sock, and dried thyme flowers and leaves. Take your pillowcase or sock and fill it up with thyme, and then bond or sew it. Put it in your microwave and warm it up, and then apply it to your belly.
Also, you can use this remedy on other areas of your body affected by cramps. For example, if you suffer from leg cramps, especially during the night, don’t hesitate to use thyme to ease them. As it was already mentioned, this herb is a natural antispasmodic, so you don’t have to worry about side effects.
To boost its benefits, you can add other plants to your pillow case or cotton sock. For example, you can use chamomile, which also has a calming effect. Yarrow is also a very efficient natural remedy for calming cramps and neuralgias.
If the cramps are powerful, Maria Treben also recommends Swedish bitters. Take a tablespoon of this solution three times a day. You have to dilute it first in a cup of water or tea.