DESCRIPTION Thyme is a thin shrubby plant with a height of 10-30 cm. Its branches are small and woody, while its leaves are 4-10 mm long. Its flowers are 3-7 mm long and pink or lilac. All parts of the plant have a pleasant aromatic smell and taste. From the plant we use blooming branches, although botanists prefer small leaves. It is native and we meet it in Mediterranean countries. It is grown as a plant in a pot and as a medicinal plant. In Greece it is well known for his aroma but also for his numerous healing properties.
IN ANCIENT TIMES In antiquity it was called “thymus”, a word that comes from the verb “sacrifice” because people used to burn its branches in sacrifices in honor of the gods. Hippocrates mentions that thyme eliminates the phlegm.
-Thyme is used against gingivitis, tooth decay and dental plaque
– Thyme gargles have good results against sore throat and intense cough. It causes exacerbation and reduces unnecessary convulsions
-can be used in whooping cough and asthma
-coagulates germs. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, due to thymol and borneol
-the drink helps the intestinal function and soothes the puffiness
-conflicts atony and anxiety, mental and physical exhaustion, depression and apathy
using it in the bathroom, relieves patients with rheumatism
-as a poultice is soothing from itching
– It fights worms
– Generally used as a tonic for the body
– anticonvulsant and softener of the stomach
– used externally as a lotion for infected wounds
– Helps in respiratory and digestive infections
– Helps to treat diarrhea and colitis
– has good results in laryngitis, pharyngitis and tonsillitis
-fights the lung infections
INGREDIENTS Terpin, phycin, carvacrol, cinnine, caryophyllene, quinole, borneol, thymol, limonene, fehlandrene
It is also used in the preparation of aromatic honey, liqueurs, toothpaste and soaps.
OTHER USES It is used in cooking as an excellent aromatic spice