Thyme (common)

Thymus vulgaris

Also known as German thyme or garden thyme.

The story…

Thyme is native to the Mediterranean, and naturalized on all five continents, especially in the rest of Europe and in North America. It grows on a lightly acid soil, dry and chalky, in sunny and dry areas: for example, scrublands, steppes, pastures and cliffs. The noun is said to come from the Greek word thyein, smoke, because it was used as incense and thought to keep venomous creatures off; or from Greek thumus, courage, because it was considered as invigorating. In Ancient Sumer and Egypt, it was used for embalmment.

Uses

Cold and bronchitis

At the beginning of a cold or when recovering, thyme infusion warms up, stimulates the immune system and decreases tiredness. It eases coughing and helps to prevent bronchitis for people having delicate bronchial tubes. If the cold has already become a bronchitis, thyme fluidifies bronchial secretions and disinfects. Drink several cups a day.

Disinfectant

Tincture applied externally disinfects wounds. Infusion used as mouthwash disinfects mouth and tooth disorders, such as aphtas, gingivitis, caries, stomatitis, etc.

Preparation

Infusion: 1 teaspoon leaves by cup. Can be combined with ginger and fresh lemon juice for colds, or liquorice for bronchitis.

Precautions

Contraindicated for pregnant or nursing women and people taking certain anti-coagulants or anti-hypertensives. In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor. 

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