Thyme (Latin name: Thymus Vulgaris) belongs to the Lamiaceae family. It is an evergreen shrub and blooms from June to August. It is found in temperate countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. It is a very fragrant plant with greenish-gray leaves and purple or pink flowers. The Latin word Vulgaris means common in the sense that it is widespread.
In ancient Greece, it was a sacred herb, because with it they purified temples for protection and as a method of “cleansing”. The Egyptians took advantage of its healing properties. However, it was the Romans who made it known throughout Europe. They used it, like the Greeks, to cleanse their houses, but they also included thyme in their kitchen. More specifically, they started adding it to cheeses and liqueurs due to the aroma and taste. In the Middle Ages, they put it on their pillows at night to have a peaceful sleep.
Thyme’s Health Benefits and Uses
Its essential oil contains thymol as a key ingredient. Thymol is an organic compound. It is used to treat parasite infections and in America, it is used to treat Hookworm infection. In the Middle East, they even use it as a mouthwash. In general, due to this organic compound, it has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial action.
Thyme contains many vitamins and minerals. Its tea is very effective against severe coughs and sore throats. It can be added to the bathroom to relieve rheumatism. Consumption helps with digestion, treats diarrhea, and improves the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
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Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.