Thymus Serpyllum L.
One of the most common types of thyme in Greece with properties similar to the common thyme (Thymus vulgaris L.) Etymologically the thymus as the ancients called it, comes from the word "thyo", which originally had the meaning of "I make smoke" and the word ''thysia'', which means "sacrifice". From the same root come the words incense and seems close is the relationship with the greek word ''thymos'', which means anger. Anger does not mean the ancient rage, but the life force. It is aromatic annual herbaceous plant. There are several kinds. The parts of thyme used for therapeutic purposes are the leaves and flowering tops collected from June to August, dry and sunny day. Remove the leaves from the dry twigs.
Ingredients: The two major components of essential oil of thyme is thymol and carvacrol, the former in particular, has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Also contains natural antibiotics.
- Thyme is widely used in all traditional and alternative medicine. The thymol which is a powerful antiseptic contains 25 times more potent than phenol and that it outperforms less irritating mucous membranes.
- A natural stimulant in cases of physical and mental depression, anxiety and depression. Helps clarity spirit.
- The hot drink thyme is diaphoretic and therefore effective and soothing in cases of colds, bronchitis, tonsillitis, coughs, asthma, gastritis, abdominal colds accompanied by diarrhea, food poisoning and fever.
- In cases of infections of the lungs characterized by thick, yellowish phlegm operate effectively causing sticky mucus expectoration.
The drink thyme:
- Digestive tract antiseptic.
- Relieves bloating soothing the digestive system, due to the anticonvulsant action of the essential oil thymol in smooth muscle.
- Helps a lot especially in the digestion of fatty foods.
- Used by the sluggishness of the digestive system and anorexia.
- Because of the mild styptic action is useful in childhood diarrhea and bed wetting.
- Thyme fights psoriasis and acne.
- Compresses thyme active against muscle spasms (stiff neck) and insect bites.
- As a gargle or mouth wash, thyme is an excellent remedy against sore throats and gingivitis.
- Externally, bathrooms with thyme are used to relieve pains of rheumatism and the oil is often used in wet rub and massage oils.
Use: In order to prepare infusion, put 1 teaspoon of thyme, no stem, in 1 cup boiling water, the lid for 10 minutes and then strain. The resulting mixture is used externally for the cleansing and healing for the gargling and drink 1 to 2 times a day.
In cooking: Surprisingly, although the thyme from here began to conquer the world, in Greece it is not used much, as with the intense aroma and flavor it can only flavor oils, olives, vinegars, salad and pickles. We can however safely use it with feta cheese, milk and water vegetables, pies, soups and sauces, cream, poultry and fish. However, weneed to remember that dried thyme is much more intense than fresh, so use must be done sparingly.
We can use thyme to make thyme soup enjoyed since ancient times, the shepherds of Catalonia. Throwing one or two sprigs of dried thyme to one cup boiling water, strain after a while, add oil and pour the broth thin slices of bread - the Doric simplicity of the recipe, but the result is wonderful!
Wintry drink: Prepare a mixture of herbs by placing 2/5 mountain tea, 1/5 thyme, 1/5 Mint and 1/5 Sage. Boil water, turn off the heat and pour the mixture you have prepared in advance blanketing for 10 minutes. Strain it and enjoy the warm honey of Mount Athos.
Precautions - Contraindications: Although the whole plant at therapeutic doses are safe, is contraindicated during pregnancy. Also avoid several days of internal use and not accompanied by alcoholic beverages.
The above infromation is not medical advice nor substitute advice of another health care professional. They are provided for information only. Do not stop any other medical care recommendations without consulting your doctor.
Net weight: 45 gr.