Thyme is also known as Garden Thyme. This fragrant plant is indigenous to the Mediterranean region of Europe, and is extensively cultivated in the United States. The genus name Thymus may be derived from the Greek word "thymon," meaning &qu...
Thyme is also known as Garden Thyme. This fragrant plant is indigenous to the Mediterranean region of Europe, and is extensively cultivated in the United States. The genus name Thymus may be derived from the Greek word "thymon," meaning "courage," as it was once used as a bath herb by Roman soldiers to help them be more courageous. It also helped people to speak up more courageously. Or perhaps it was from the Greek "thymon," meaning "to fumigate," as it has been tried for centuries as an popular incense. The species name serpyllum for Wild Thyme may be due to the plant's creeping snake-like appearance, in reference to the ancient support for snakebites with Thyme. The plant was also burned in ancient Roman times to deter scorpions. It is still used for embalming.
During the Middle Ages, it can be used as a stewing herb. Oil of Thyme was used during World War I to help support infection and to help support pain. On Midsummer Night's Eve, fairies are said to dance on beds of Thyme. The part of this plant used for health benefits is the above ground portion. The primary chemical constituents of Thyme include essential oil (borneol, carvacrol, cymol, linalool, thymol), bitter principle, tannin, flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin), saponins, and triterpenic acids. Small amounts of this herb are sedative, whereas larger amounts are stimulant. Thyme is used as a disinfectant. Thyme also warms and stimulates the lungs, expels mucus, and supports congestion. It also helps deter infections. Both constituents thymol and carvacrol have a relaxing effect upon the gastrointestinal tract's smooth muscles.
This herb has had many culinary uses over the years, including its use in soups, stews, vegetables, chicken, jams, fruit salads, bouquet garnishes, gumbos, and Benedictine liqueur. Thyme aids in the digestion of high fat foods, and has been used to preserve meat. Thyme honey, made when bees collect pollen from Thyme flowers, is excellent.
Known topical applications include its use as a gargle & mouthwash for dental decay, laryngitis, mouth sores, plaque formation, sore throat, thrush, tonsillitis, and bad breath. Thyme can be been used as a compress for lung congestion such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs and colds, and as a poultice for wounds, mastitis, insect bites and stings. It can also be used as an eyewash for sore eyes, and as a hair rinse for dandruff. The essential oil is added to soaps and anti-melancholy inhalations. The common name Thyme includes the species Thymus serpyllum, which is used interchangeably with Thymus vulgaris.
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Take 20-30 drops of extract in a small amount of warm water 3-4 times daily as needed.
Not to be used during pregnancy and lactation. Do not exceed recommended dose.
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