Thyme – Thymus Vulgaris - Herb

Blending Note: Top

Main Benefits: Cooking, Healing

Properties: Antiseptic, Anti-Microbial, Ant rheumatic, Bactericidal, Bechic, Cardiac, Carminative,

Cicatrisant, Diuretic, Emenagogue, Expectorant, Hypertensive, Insecticide, Stimulant, Tonic,

Vermifuge, Antispasmodic

Origin: Egypt

Other producers are: New Zealand, Mediterranean, Algeria, Yugoslavia, Australia

Allergy Warning: Sensitive Skin. Drink plenty water and eat a lot of fresh fruit when using Thyme essential oil. Do not use when pregnant.

Short History of Thyme:

A theory on thyme history and its name origin comes from Tournefort (1656 – 1708), who says that the name thyme comes ‘from the mind‘ because it was used as a treatment for fainting. The ancient Egyptians incorporated the essential oil of thyme into their embalming fluids. The Greeks drank an herbal infusion of the leaves after banquets to aid digestion. Thyme was also associated with courage, bravery and strength in ancient times. Roman soldiers exchanged sprigs of thyme as a sign of respect. Greeks and Romans burned bundles of thyme to purify their temples and homes, and to evoke a spirit of courage in those who inhaled it.

The association with courage and bravery persisted into the middle Ages. Thyme was a traditional gift offered to men going into battle. Most soldiers would just cram these fragrant charms into their pockets or purses, but some were known to attach thyme to their clothing or Armor as a visible badge of honour. When worn into battle, thyme might serve double duty: used as an embalming herb since the time of the Egyptians, it was thought to be a powerful aid to those making their passage into the next life. When the Black Death struck in the late 1340s, millions of people turned to thyme for relief and protection.

Many of the day’s medicinal concoctions—from posies worn about the neck to poultices applied directly to plague-blistered skin—included the herb as a major ingredient. Though there was little science to these remedies, one of the chemical compounds found in thyme is a powerful antiseptic. Known as thymol, it’s still widely used today in mouthwash, hand sanitizer and acne medication. Danish and German folklore list patches of wild thyme as a favourite place to find fairies. Thyme oil was a major component of an ‘ungent’ which enabled the user to see fairies but only if the thyme was gathered “neare the side of a hill where fayries used to be.”

 

About Thyme:

Thyme is a common herb and is generally used as a condiment or spice. Besides that, thyme is also used in herbal and domestic medicines. This common low growing wild herb has dark green leaves, woody stalks and a small pink flower. It is cultivated throughout the Mediterranean. The medicinal properties of thyme come mainly from its essential oils which are extracted through steam distillation of fresh flowers and leaves.

Medicinal uses:

Colds, Influenza, Bronchitis,  Strengthen Immune System, Sore Throat, Insomnia, Depression, Fatigue ,Memory Booster, Concentration , Sinusitis, Anorexia, Cellulite, Eczema, Athlete’s Foot, Dermatitis, Insect, Animal Bites, Laryngitis, Pharyngitis, Bad Breath, Bad Body Odour.

Other Uses:

Massage, Bath, Cooking,