Thyme is used in products around the world. When you hear the word thyme you, like most people, probably immediately think of using the herb for cooking but it does have many other uses and there is a wide variety of thyme. Thyme is an herb of which the flowering tops, leaves, oil from the whole plant is used for many different purposes. Thyme comes from the Greek word ‘thymos’ which means strength.
This type of thyme is a variable shrub with hairy, gray-green leaves and white to pale purple flowers. It also has gray-green leaf like bracts which grow during the summer. This type of thyme can be found growing in areas from the West Mediterranean to South Italy. The ancient Greeks burned thyme in their temples to purify them and they often burned thyme prior to magical rituals for purification. Thyme is a great cleanser of wounds to help aid in healing according to ‘The Herb Encyclopedia’ and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thyme.
Thyme is an Antiseptic, Anti-spasmodic, Aromatic, Carminative, Diaphoretic, Disinfectant, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Germicide, Nervine,Parasiticide, Sedative, Stimulant, Tonic and Vulnerary. The oil of thyme is a very powerful germicidal disinfectant. It is used in different mouthwashes, toothpaste and topical anti-rheumatic products by different companies throughout the world. One such mouthwash is Listerine.
Thyme can be used to arrest stomach cramps and other gastrointestinal problems. It can be used to treat tumors by dissolving and removing them from the body. Thyme has been used to treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and skin parasites like crabs, lice and scabies. Thyme oil can be used as a deodorant in sick rooms to control the odor of foul smells.
Thyme can be used to treat the following:
Alcoholism, Appetite stimulant, Asthma, Arthritis, Boils, Bowel problem, Bronchitis, Bronchial mucus, Bruises, Catarrh, Cholesterol, Colds, Colic, Cramps, Diarrhea, Digestive disorders, Dyspepsia, Enuresis, Epilepsy, Exhaustion, Fainting, Fever, Flu, Fungal infections, Gas, Gastritis, Gout, Gum disease. Hangover, Headache, Heartburn, Hysteria, Indigestion, Infection, Laryngitis, Leprosy, Lung congestion, Mastitis, Migraine headaches, Mucus, Nervous conditions, Nightmares, Paralysis, Parasites, Perspiration, Phlegm, Respiratory problems, Rheumatism, Sciatica, Shingles, Sinuses, Sore throat, Spasms, Sprains, Stomach cramps, Swelling, Throat problems, Tonsillitis, Tumors, Upper respiratory tract infections, Warts and Whooping cough.
Thyme has culinary uses where it is used to flavor fish, sausages, beef, chicken, pork, vegetables, stuffing’s, dressings, soups and many other dishes. Some other economical uses include using dried leaves in potpourris. The oil of thyme is used in moth and mosquito repellants.