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Thyme & Sage - Power Herbs With Nicky!

Tuesday, 28 February 2006


Our resident Herbalist Nicky Treacy Kohler is with us again to chat about the super herbs that can ease or cure ourselves. Today we will be concentrating on thyme and sage and the benefits of each herb.

Ancient Egyptians used this herb in embalming. The Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples. It was thought that the spread of thyme throughout Europe was thanks the Romans as they used it to purify their rooms.
It is an antiseptic, aromatic, tonic, it's anti-oxidative, an expectorant, and a carminative (calming for smooth muscles such as internal muscles). It is an anti-tussive (relieves coughs), bactericidal, anthelmintic (kills intestinal worms) and an astringent. It can be used by kids and adults alike, although pregnant women should avoid it!

What it's Good For
. Hayfever treatment
. Ant-worming treatment in children
. It's a great anti-ageing herb
. Great for bronchitis
. Chronic gastritis
. Dyspepsia
. Tonsillitis
. Laryngitis
. It's good for relaxing the muscles

How Can It Be Taken
. Tea
. In soup
. Tincture
. Oil
. Cream
. Capsule


50 g of thyme
500 ml water
500 g unrefined brown sugar.

. Infuse for fifteen minutes in a saucepan with the lid on.
. Add unrefined brown sugar.
. Stir together until it reaches a syrupy consistency.
. Bottle in a dark bottle.
. Once opened, refrigerate and discard after one month.

Side Effects
In large doses, it can cause diarrhea.

For thousands of years sage leaves have been used for a variety of culinary and medicinal purposes. It is a silvery-green plant with leaves that offer a memorable fragrant. The most common form of sage first came from the area around the Mediterranean but now grows in regions of North America as well.
It is an astringent, antiseptic, phyto-oestrogenic (good for oestrogen levels). It's a tonic that reduces sweating and is particularly good for menopausal women. When used as a mouth wash sage can relieve sore throats and can have a numbing effect. Do not use during pregnancy as is may decrease milk production in nursing mothers.

What it's Good For:
. Mouth ulcers.
. Sore gums.
. Encouraging the healing process.
. Acts as a digestion tonic.
. Helps to stimulate and soothe the digestive tract.
. Works as a nerve tonic as it can calm or stimulate.
. Useful for insect stings and bites.
. Good for asthma.
. Can alleviate diahorrea as it has a drying effect.
. Useful for hot sweats and flushes.

How Can It Be Taken
. Tincture
. Tea
. Capsule

These were once used for their antiseptic affect in hospitals, good for ridding homes of infection, however beware of ashes and don't leave sticks unattended!

Cotton thread
Sage sticks

. Bind the sage sticks with the cotton thread.
. Hang them to dry for one week.
. Light one end of the bunch so that the sage starts to smolder.
. Bring it to rooms where there has been an infection or an illness in residence. walk around the room allowing the sage to smolder in all corners of the room


1 teaspoon of sage.
Tea tree oil.

. Boil up the water.
. Stir in sage and a drop of tea tree oil.
. Leave to cool for ten to fifteen minutes then use as an antiseptic mouth wash.

Hot Flush Cure
For menopausal women, Nicky recommends making a sage tea (one teaspoon of sage in boiling water - strain the mixture!!) and putting it in a thermos flask. When you're going to bed at night take the tea with you and if the hot flushes start take a drink of this tea to calm them for a better night's sleep.

Side Effects
Dry mouth, local irritation