The "desire" for Thyme
Already from the time of Homer, thyme, apart from flavoring various dishes, it was a symbol of power and valor. For Plato, anger is one of the three parts of the soul, the driving force of bravery. And if the famous thyme honey was sought after and was sold expensive, even the poorest could enjoy the invigorating blend of thyme, simple honey and vinegar.
Thyme plant was dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite and nobody doubted that it causes or enhances passion. The tyrant of Syracuse Dionysius I, famous in his time (late 4th century BC.) for the symposia he used to organized, claimed that it was enough to scatter freshly thyme in the rooms in order to make his guests dominated by libido. The philosopher Aristotle also refers to wild thyme and the erotic rejuvenation it is causing. Hippocrates, in his book about diet says thyme is warming, laxative and diuretic. Dioscorides tells us that when drunk with salt and vinegar, expels phlegm from the abdomen. Its utility is known since ancient times. The ancient Greeks used it for its medicinal properties, the Roman soldiers bathed in water scented with thyme to feel strong and the Egyptians used it for its aromatic properties.
Thyme is an extremely useful plant and one of the best antiseptic and tonic herbs. It is probably the plant with the most beneficial properties.
It soothes indigestion, bloating and other digestive problems. The oils present in thyme minimize the amount of gas in the digestive system while other chemical substances of the herb have anticonvulsant properties (alleviate digestive system and prevent stomach cramps).
It increases iron levels, since it contains a high amount of iron. A cup of tea from thyme provides nearly 20% of the recommended daily intake of iron.
It has a high content of antioxidants, the benefits of which are well known. Thymol, located in thyme, is a powerful antioxidant that can prevent cancer cells and free radicals from being installed in the body.
It minimizes cough from colds and helps in the treatment of bronchitis. Thyme tea soothes the throat.
It improves vision, being rich in vitamin A.
It strengthens the bones, because it contains calcium and vitamin K.
It minimizes inflammation and can help reduce the pain it causes.
It neutralizes bacteria, because it is rich in vitamins and nutrients that are natural antibiotics.
Thyme also finds many applications in modern pharmaceutical industry and cosmetics due to its antiseptic, healing, spasmolytic and expectorant properties. Deodorant soaps, creams that stimulate the skin, lotions for acne, shampoos against dandruff, mouthwashes and toothpastes, cough syrups, aftershave lotions , medicines for indigestion, are only some of the products that are often based with its essential oil.
General thyme is a precious stimulant for physical and spiritual decadence (weakness), anxiety, depression and migraine. It helps in the digestion of fatty foods (preferred in roasts and generally when cooking meat). It is believed to increase mental clarity, stimulation of the nerves and the immune system. It is diaphoretic and regulates secretions in cases of flu, fever and colds. It is recommended when treating problems of throat and bronchi. It is used as a preventive antibiotic in cases of influenza epidemics. It is a powerful antiseptic for the intestinal, genital-urinary tract and lungs.
Decoction with honey helps those with orthopnea, asthma and facilitates menstruation. It acts also against diarrhea.
Finally it should be noted that from thyme is produced "thyme honey" of excellent quality, famous for its aroma, flavor and beneficial properties. You can use thyme in your food or as a beverage.
Put three teaspoons of dried thyme in a liter of hot water. Allow 15 to 20 minutes and then drain. Alternatively we can put a teaspoon of thyme in a pot with water, let it boil, strain and drink.
The daily use is not recommended (as a drink) because can lead to dysfunction of the thyroid, dizziness, poisoning, with symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and cardiac depression. Not recommended for use by hypertensive because it raises blood pressure. If someone wants to drink it regularly, it is advisable to drink two drinks per week. In cases of cold, we can drink 2-3 drinks per day for a week.
It may be used in cooking to flavor fish, meat (best combined with hunting and sausages), sauces (especially tomatoes), cheese (especially creamy), food, and even legumes It pleasantly changes the taste and flavor of beans and peas and one can add the chopped leaves in stews and soups. Finally it can be easily added to your vegetables, salads and your pasta. You can prepare delicious marinades and aromatic oil for salads and your food (in 1 liter of olive oil put 3 tablespoons of thyme. Leave the bottle in a cool, dark place for 20 days and then strain).