Latin name: Thymus vulgaris L.
Other names: Common Thyme, Farigoule, Farigoulette, French Thyme, Frigoule, Garden Thyme
Thyme is a herb from the Mediterranean, grown around the world. It cnione both in the kitchen and herbal medicine due to the very distinctive smell and effectiveness. Thyme is a small shrub with small-leafed and purple flowers. The name thyme is derived from the Greek word “thymon” which means brave, in ancient Greece, it was believed that thyme is a cure for shyness.
Thyme contains essential oils main components are thymol and carvacrol thyme which owes its unusual odor, further thyme also contains vitamins – B2, B6, vitamin A, C, folic acid, and minerals – potassium, calcium, phosphorus and iron. The infusion of thyme is effective in treating upper respiratory tract infections – bronchitis, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, flu and colds. Thyme gives an improved secretion of mucus in the respiratory tract secretions are diluted and facilitates its coughing, acts as an antibacterial and antifungal. The infusion of thyme also has an effect on the functioning of the digestive system – increases appetite, helps digestion of food, a relaxant effect on the intestinal wall. So it can be used in catarrhal states, poisoning, periodic lack of appetite, and spasms of the stomach and intestines caused by stress.
Thyme can also be used externally to rinse the mouth and throat during bacterial and fungal infections, as well as for skin. Thyme is also invaluable spice with the help of which you can enhance the taste of almost any dish containing meat and soups, sauces, French and Italian causine.