Thyme - Health benefits and uses
Meaning, powers and uses of ThymeDiscover Thyme's association with your zodiac sign and Chinese zodiac sign, and its applications in dietetics, phytotherapy, aromatherapy and magic rituals.
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Thyme: Technical sheet
Popular names: Common thyme, Mother-of-Thyme
Latin name: Thymus vulgaris
Origin: Southern Europe (Mediterranean region)
Color: light purple, pink (flower buds), grey green (fresh leaves), brown green (dry leaves)
Description: Thyme is a Mediterranean a sweet-smelling aromatic plant whose use, therapeutic as well as culinary or magic, is extremely old. In nature, thyme is a dense and bushy shrub of 30 to 40 cm tall, whose small leaves (0.5 cm) are clustered near the branches. It is a perennial, not afraid of frost or altitude, which appreciates the sun and doesn't bother dry and rocky terrain.
Culinary and dietary uses: Thyme is one of the main herbs of Mediterranean cuisine and one of the essential ingredients of "herbes de Provence", a mixture of dried aromatic herbs, typical of the south of France. For example, thyme is often used in meat marinades before grilling, or for tomato pies and stews, such as the famous "pot au feu". In French cuisine, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf are among the basic ingredients of vegetable broths, which they are then used to make soup or as a base for sauces.
Thyme: Nutrition facts, health benefits
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Calories (energetic value): 101 kJ (423 kcal)
Protein: 6 g (per 100 g)
Fat: 1.7 g (per 100 g)
Carbohydrate: 24 (per 100 g)
Main vitamins: Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium (dry thyme), Manganese
Thyme essential oil's main constituents: Thymol, Carvacrol, Linalool, p-Cymene, Gamma-Terpiniene, B-Caryophyllene, a-Pinene, a-Terpiniene
Health properties: Thyme has great medicinal properties. Used in infusion and / or syrup, it helps to soothe many intestinal and respiratory problems (especially asthma and coughing), as well as being an efficient anti-viral, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-infective and immunity stimulator. Thyme can also help relieve intestinal problems.
Aromatherapy, phytotherapy: When diluted in a carrier oil, Thyme essential oil is used for massages whose benefits include renewed tonicity, arthritis and rheumatism relief.
Benefit for skin: Geraniol, one of the active ingredients present in the essential oils of thyme, is an antiviral and antifungal effective for skin conditions.
Possible side effects: Even if thyme and thyme essential oil are very mild, always consult your doctor before any medicinal use of a plant, in any form whatsoever.
Thyme: Astrological, traditional, magical properties
Planet, deity: Venus
Vedic element: Water
Related chakra: Sacred chakra
Zodiac sign, moon sign: Taurus, Libra
Chinese element: Water
Chinese zodiac sign: Rat, Pig
Ayurveda, traditional medicine: Thyme, in addition to its qualities mentioned above (Health properties), was used in the middle ages to treat headaches and as a key ingredient of an ointment to treat burns. It was also part of the pharmacopoeia of the time to treat lice, leprosy and paralysis.
Psychological benefits: Since it protects the good sleep of those who put under their pillow, thyme contributes to a good restful sleep and therefore to reduce the stress of everyday life.
Magical uses: Among the many magical uses of thyme, those who seem older seem to be linked to health, sleep and courage. While ancient Egyptians used it in their embalming recipes, the ancient Greeks as purifying incense for their religious ceremonies (tradition that continues today in magic rituals), it is a priori the Romans who brought in the thyme in the houses, where it served to purify and bring bravery into the home. In the Middle Ages, a branch of thyme under the pillow provides a restful sleep away from nightmares and helps maintain good health. Also, in addition to promoting parapsychic powers, a branch of thyme in the hair intensifies the charm of the wearer. Finally, thyme is commonly used for money-drawing spells, as gamblers believe it helps to draw good luck: planting thyme in one's garden is supposed to attract money.
Did you know? Carry thyme on oneself to see the fairies.