The ancient Egyptians have recognized the power of thyme, primarily its antiseptic and preservative properties. Greeks, on the other hand, adored thyme for its penetrating fragrance which was associated with polished manners while Roman soldiers bathed in thyme baths to impart energy. This bushy plant adorned with flowers ranging from purple to dark red color and leaves of different shapes is characterized by a strong and aromatic tang.
Thyme has also been known for its diuretic properties and it helps in regulating menstrual periods too. Thyme drink cleanses the body and works as a natural remedy for asthma, moreover, it soothes the stomach pain and improves health in general. Thyme essential oil is best known for its antiseptic properties so it is often used for treating minor cuts and stings. It can be grown easily and prefers warm, sunny location and well-drained soil.
– used to treat sleeping disorders, poor digestion, and cough
– 2 grams of dried thyme
–2,5 dl of water
Pour 2 grams of dried thyme with 2,5 dl of boiling water and leave it to stay for five minutes.
Note: Thyme should not be used during pregnancy!
Thyme bath has proven to have a calming effect. Put a cup of dried thyme into a gauze pouch and make a bath. It will relax the whole body so it’s perfect to indulge in before sleep.
Thyme pads for cramps
– 2 – 3 teaspoons of dried thyme
– 1 liter of water
Put the boiling water over dried thyme leaves, and leave for 15 minutes. Strain and then soak gauze into the hot tea, gently drain and put it on the affected area. Leave it to work for about 20 minutes. Repeat the procedure three times a day.
Evidently, this powerful herb bears more than a deserved name (derived from Greek “thymos”) which means ‘courage’.
Translation: G. Dujmović