Thyme is a small, perennial bush. Its leaves are green, pointed, without a stem and it has small, light pink flowers. It blossoms in early summer. It is native to Greece and it can be found in sunny, barren, rocky regions. It is used in cooking but it is also known for its medicinal properties. In cooking thyme is used fresh or dried, due to its excellent aromatic properties. When it is dried, its leaves and flowers give off their aroma if they get rubbed. It has a strong, pungent, rich flavor. It flavors meats, fish, various sauces, soups, salads, even legumes. It is also used to give flavor to olives. Thyme is used to treat coughing and bronchitis. It offers relief from catarrh and the flu, while gargles with thyme decoction are beneficial to stomatitis and tonsillitis. It invigorates the nervous system and it gives mental clarity. That’s why it is recommended in cases of depression. It also helps when there are stomach and intestine problems. A warm bath, with water that contains thyme decoction, relieves from the pains of rheumatism and it offers relaxation and euphoria. Finally, we can use thyme oil to clean wounds. However, we must be careful when we use thyme. Overconsumption can make the thyroid overactive and it can cause vomiting, dizziness and diarrhea. Also, due to the fact that it increases blood pressure, it should be avoided by people who suffer from high blood pressure. Finally, it must not be consumed during pregnancy as it stimulates the womb.
To make a decoction, put a teaspoonful of dried herb or 2 teaspoonfuls of fresh thyme in a cup of boiling water. Leave it for 10 minutes, drain and drink.
ORIGIN: GREECE (mnt. PILIO)
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