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    My acute chronic Blepharitis has been with me for over 15 years.. Tried just about everything even visit to docs and ointment, tea tree oil, nothing worked and some types of this are incurable. Just heard this herb use of Thyme and going to try it out and see if it helps. my type narrowed down to fungal or bacterial kind.

    Quote Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid margin. It's common and treatable.

    There are several possible causes of blepharitis, including:

    Bacterial eyelid infection
    Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)
    Dry eyes
    Fungal eyelid infection
    Parasites (Demodex eyelash mites)

    Going to get the essential oil today and hope the counter person can tell me how to apply it..
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    Dear mojo,I'm sorry to hear about your illness,I also have Blepharitis when I was a kid.

    One receipe: take one tea spoon full of thyme leaves and flowers and put it in a tea cup then pour hot water and cover it for 10 min.Apply a medicinal compression moistened in the infusion on your eyes lids two times a day (every 12 hrs.) for at least 15 min. after you washed your face with warm water and a pH neutral soap.

    After you're healed continue the treatment more two weeks.

    If you are at work,every time when you have the opportunity,wipe your eyes with thyme infusion.It helps more the treatment.The same at home.

    In Autumn you can do infusion with walnut leaves.
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    I watched my nephew- he had this I noticed he had a habit of puting his finger in his ear poke it around abit then he would rub his eyes, Ear wax is an irritant designed to keep insects away, but many people irritate their eyes with their own ear wax without really noticing what they have done- this almost automatic action has caused many a child to have swollen eye lids, just a thought but I did notice this cause was not on your list.

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    Hi Mojo and the group - thyme derives THYMOL the primary essential ingredient.

    Brief history, and a most amazing revelation about how the 'enemy' used thymol to maybe do some good for a LOT of the portion of the population of the Southern US in the 1920's... One should ask oneself if one is ill, has one been going around barefoot (for "grounding" maybe) and quite possibly have picked up an infection from the soil/grass.

    (this below is a QUOTE from a website and I will use manual " " marks instead of the forum's italic quote box for reading clarity, as it is good history. When a situation is present that is not normally responding it is possible that a parasite (complex organism), may be the underlying source of the illness. Thymol was the effective treatment in the situation described below, in conjunction with Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom salts - I would have preferred to see Magnesium Chloride and Magnesium Bi-Carbonate used, see our thread on Magnesium Bicarbonate for reference on that)..

    "Hookworm Eradication

    "Hookworm disease was a significant public health issue in Arkansas until the movement to eradicate hookworms in the early twentieth century. With official estimates claiming that up to twenty percent of the entire population of the state suffered from hookworm infestation, this parasite was sufficiently widespread to affect the economy as well as the health of Arkansas. Its virtual eradication was the result of a public health and education campaign on the part of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission between 1910 and 1914.

    "The hookworm is an intestinal parasite that grows and reproduces in the intestines of its hosts. When infected people deposit feces containing hookworm eggs in warm, moist, shaded soil, the eggs hatch and develop into larvae. Within five to ten days, the hookworm larvae are ready to burrow into the skin of a new host, usually between the bare toes, and then travel up through the veins into the heart and lungs.

    'The host develops a cough that expels the hookworm from the lungs, allowing it to be swallowed. Upon arriving in the host’s intestines, the hookworm attaches itself to the lining of the intestines with its teeth, and the life cycle begins anew.

    "This complicated life cycle worked well for hookworms in Arkansas before the days of indoor plumbing. Sanitary arrangements often consisted of a favorite bush or open-bottomed privies that provided warm, moist shade in which hookworms could thrive. Barefoot visitors to the privies could be infected repeatedly.

    "The result for the human hosts is hookworm disease, a condition characterized by severe anemia.

    "While it can sometimes lead to death, hookworm disease generally shows itself in weight loss, swollen feet and abdomens, lassitude, and a desire to eat inedible things like dirt or chalk. In children, mental and physical development can be impaired, sometimes permanently. According to the World Health Organization, some 740 million people worldwide are infected with hookworms.

    "In 1902, Dr. Charles W. Stiles reported to the Sanitary Conference of the American Republics that he had discovered “the germ of laziness,” describing his studies of hookworm disease.

    "In 1909, John D. Rockefeller agreed to provide $1 million for the formation of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission for Eradication of Hookworm Disease. Under the direction of Wicliffe Rose, the commission undertook widespread testing, treatment, and education programs in eleven states across the South, including Arkansas.

    "In Arkansas, it was reported that twenty percent of the population overall—and twenty-five percent of school-age children—was infected with hookworms, based on the commission’s testing of more than 50,000 people in fifty-eight Arkansas counties. The numbers varied with the geography: 61.4 percent of those tested in Izard County were infected; Nevada, Union, and Columbia counties reported sixty-six percent infection rates; and seventy-five percent of those tested in Hot Spring and Grant counties were infected.

    "At Louann Public School in Ouachita County, according to Bob Lancaster’s The Jungles of Arkansas, every single pupil was infected.

    "The commission’s intensive method of combating hookworm disease combined widespread testing and treatment with door-to-door education in hygiene and an emphasis on public health efforts such as the building of hygienic privies at schools and churches and the requirement that children wear shoes to school.

    "The Rockefeller Commission created a carnival atmosphere at their meetings, combining the testing and treatment of people with public testimonials, singing, and refreshments.

    "There were challenges along the way. Some Arkansans were offended by the suggestion that they might have hookworms, particularly since it had become so well known as “the germ of laziness.” Hookworm treatment was unpleasant, as it involved drinking chenopodium or thymol, both of which were poisonous to the worms, and then taking a dose of Epsom salts to remove the chemicals and the dead worms.

    "While some were cured with a single treatment, others needed as many as five treatments, and some people simply refused to repeat the experience.

    Both sanitary privies and shoes for children were beyond the means of some people, especially families in which the debilitating effects of hookworm led to an inability to work.

    "Nonetheless, by the time the commission campaign ended in 1914, hookworm was no longer a severe problem. Not only had many sufferers been treated and cured, but public awareness had increased, with resultant changes in behavior that disrupted the hookworm’s life cycle.

    "Complete eradication was not achieved; there are still a few cases found in Arkansas each year. However, the results were impressive. Hoyt Bleakley’s 2006 study of the economic impact of the campaign argues persuasively that literacy, agricultural output, and income all were positively affected by the near eradication of hookworm."


    Modern methods - Treatment. Anthelminthic medications (drugs that rid the body of parasitic worms), such as albendazole and mebendazole, are the drugs of choice for treatment of hookworm infections. Infections are generally treated for 1-3 days. The recommended medications are effective and appear to have few side effects.

    Old method - thyme/thymol - April 21, 1917
    B. E. WASHBURN, M.A., M.D.

    Quote During an intensive campaign for the detection and treatment of hookworm disease in Trinidad, British West Indies, under the direction of the surgeon-general of the colony, experiments were conducted for determining the efficacy of thymol when administered in capsule form with varying proportions of lactose and with sodium bicarbonate.

    The routine method employed in the treatment of the disease was to give each patient two treatments (the drug being administered in every instance by a trained assistant), one week apart, and then make a microscopic examination, using the centrifuge, six days after the second treatment, of a specimen of the bowel excretion to determine whether or not a cure had been effected.

    In making the experiments the drug was administered in each case by the same assistants, in the same manner and the same doses, and to patients living under the same conditions.
    Comparisons were made with Oil of Eucalyptus, and Thymol proved more effective - 4 treatments provided at least 98% eradication of the worms.


    There was mention in the articles that THYMOL can cause a generalized body depression (words from 1910/1915 which may be interpreted in various manners today)

    From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thymol -
    "Thymol (also known as 2-isopropyl-5-methylphenol, IPMP) is a natural monoterpene phenol derivative of cymene, C10H14O, isomeric with carvacrol, found in oil of thyme, and extracted from Thymus vulgaris (common thyme) and various other kinds of plants as a white crystalline substance of a pleasant aromatic odor and strong antiseptic properties.

    "Thymol also provides the distinctive, strong flavor of the culinary herb thyme, also produced from T. vulgaris."

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    Bib, your post is very interesting. Thank you.

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