The name is derived from the Greek word `Thymos` that means `perfume` and was used as incense in Greek temples. The Egyptians used it in embalming process.
During the Middle Ages it was given to jousting knights for courage, and a sprig of the herb was carried into courtrooms to ward off diseases. It is an ancient herb used in medicine by the Greeks, the Egyptians and the Romans.
Origin of Thyme
Thyme has been one of the most widely used aromatic herbs in medicine ever since ancient times. It grows abundantly in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Israel, the USSR, China and central Europe.
Properties of Thyme oil
Thyme acts as antispasmodic, carminative, antibiotic, antiseptic, stimulant, tonic, antidepressant analgesic, rubefacient, disinfectant and antiviral. It works well on respiratory, immune, digestive and nerve tissues.
Most common uses:
Strong general stimulant
Has an antiseptic effect on the respiratory tract and is useful in the treatment of colds, influenza, coughs and whooping cough.
Stimulates the digestive process.
Has a diuretic effect and is useful in the treatment of problems of the urinary tract.
Helps in cases of fatigue, anxiety, depression and insomnia
Helps treat aches and pains
Good for rheumatism
Regulates low blood pressure
Regulates scanty or absent periods
Good for circulation
Combats fluid retention
Good for dental problems
Discourages hair loss
Helps skin conditions, such as warts, dermatitis, wounds and burns
Mixes well with: rosemary, oregano, lemon, orange and bergamot.
Warning: skin irritant in high concentration, do not use with epileptic conditions, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure or during pregnancy.