THYME

 

 

thyme

 

Thyme

Thyme is an evergreen herb that has been used for food and medicinal purposes since ancient times. Ancient Egyptians used it as an embalming agent to preserve their deceased pharaohs, while the Ancient Greeks used it in their baths and as incense in their temples, believing the herb to be a source of courage. It is now often used as an essential oil or in cooking.

 

The most common variety of thyme is Thymus vulgaris and is a relative of the plant, Oregano.

 

Thyme is best grown in hot, sunny locations with well drained soils. It is a very hard plant and can withstand both droughts and deep freezes.

Thyme can be grown easily via seeds or cuttings.

Regular harvesting promotes growth.

Healing Properties of Thyme:

  • Thyme is a very good source of Vitamin A and C, and is also a good source of iron, manganese, copper and fibre
  • Thyme is a powerful antiseptic and thymol (a main ingredient in the essential oil) is often used in mouthwashes
  • It is used for treating chest and throat problems and infections such as bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throats, tonsillitis, and laryngitis
  • Also used for treating ailments such as arthritis, indigestion, stomach problems, and skin disorders
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Has anti-fungal properties
  • Encourages white blood cell formation
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Studies have found this herb may help protect against colon and breast cancer
  • Stimulates the mind and aids with memory and concentration
  • Used to treat hair loss
  • Helps reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue
  • Aids with insomnia
  • Increases circulation and blood flow

CAUTION:

Do not use undiluted Thyme oil directly on skin as it can cause irritation, particularly amongst those who suffer from eczema or sensitive skin.

REFERENCES:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyme

http://www.gourmetgarden.com/en/herb/184/thyme

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-823-thyme.aspx?activeingredientid=823&activeingredientname=thyme

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=77

http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/thyme-oil.aspx

http://naturalsociety.com/health-benefits-of-thyme-medicinal-herb/

Kiara James