Thyme – or thymus, as they called the archaioi- comes from the verb thyo, which, among other things, meant thymiatizo and sacrifice. The ancient Greeks, because of the intense odor, used it as incense on the altars during sacrificial ceremonies. Alexander the Great bathed in water with thyme to get rid of lice, and so did the Roman warriors before battle to gain courage, strength and vigor. The therapeutic action in the lungs and bronchi was known in the Middle Ages. The parts of thyme used for therapeutic purposes are the leaves and flowering tops, collected from June to August. The most famous product is the highest quality honey.
- Use for the treatment of gynecological mycoses because the thyme essential oil has a strong antiseptic, antibacterial and fungicidal properties.
- Soothes airway inflammation and asthma. As syrup calms the cough (acts as an expectorant), bronchitis, pharyngitis and a tonsillitis.
- It relieves symptoms of influenza. A hot drink thyme acts as an antipyretic.
- Gargles and mouthwashes with thyme help to good oral hygiene and are active against gingivitis and bad breath.
- Combats indigestion and inflammation of the gastric mucosa. The injected is also used for IBS.
- Used as a soothing skin problems (eg, acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, bites), and contributes to the treatment of hair loss.
- It shows strong antioxidant activity due to the components thymol and carvacrol content.
- It recommended as a natural stimulant of the immune and nervous system. Helps spirit clarity while reducing anxiety and depression. Indicated for the treatment of insomnia.
- Rubbing with its solution relieves rheumatic and muscular pains. It can also be used as a massage oil.
- We can be purchased from a nursery pot and put it on the kitchen window to use fresh leaves of thyme. Alternatively, you will find in stores species and pharmacies as drops and lozenges, as well as a cream, solution (rubs) and beverage (gargle) for external use.
It has a strong and slightly spicy taste, so it is good to be used sparingly. Dry the use as a spice to flavor meat, fish, cakes, pasta, soups, sauces (e.g. tomato) and cheeses (especially creamy). Many put whole branches in bottles with oil or olives for extra flavor.
It is better to be consumed fresh. However, it can be stored and dried. Cut the leaves, tie in bunches and hang them upside down in a warm, dark place with good ventilation. When dry, crumble the leaves and store them in airtight containers.