Thyme and Thyme - healing scent of summer

It is said that at midnight midsummer king supernatural beings dancing in the beds of wild thyme and celebrate the arrival of summer. Thyme and Thyme not only smells sun and summer .. at the same time can heal our body and stimulate our mind ..

Under the Latin generic name Thymus find family very popular aromatic herbs in folk medicine to its rightful place. These are general Thyme (T. vulgaris), common thyme, also called angustifolium (T. serpyllum) and her other sisters like lemon thyme, early, or oval. A typical feature of these keříkovitých, sometimes creeping, plant is a penetrating aroma and typical, small, relatively rigid leaves and small flowers pale to dark pink. The content of active substances with representatives of the genus Thymus vary relatively little, for therapeutic purposes, we can use if possible.

Growing thyme and thyme
The original habitats of these herbs is central and southern Europe, where we can meet on sunny slopes in the forest, at the edges of meadows, even in relatively dry, rocky areas with sandy soil.
If we want to grow successfully, we need to first of all ensure plenty of sunshine. Thrive as the bed or rockery, as potted plants. Does not need watering and hearty preferable well permeable soils. Mainly for the thyme stems lignification is typical for a year or more old shoots, so after flowering plants regularly are cutting a few inches off the ground to keep them rich.

Collection and drying
For therapeutic purposes we collect during June to September nedřevnaté young flowering plant parts, always in dry weather, preferably around noon, when they have the highest content of essential oils. Thanks to its low water content and dry thyme thyme quickly. To preserve their flavor is good store in sealable containers.
Leaves and sprigs of thyme, a favorite spice, we can reap during the whole vegetation and dried for later use, or add to dishes fresh.

What are the beneficial effects of thyme and thyme to our body?
Tea from thyme was previously valued mainly as a tonic, used for energy recovery, gaining courage and whisking nightmares .. we now know that this tea really improves our mental condition.
Thyme thyme and acts as an antiseptic, both the internal and the external application. Tea acts as disinfectant catarrh in the stomach and intestines, diarrhea and colic, accelerates and enhances digestion and relieves flatulence. Antiseptic effect of brine we use internally for the treatment of respiratory diseases, and as a gargle for sore throat, for inhalation for sinusitis, as a tea for flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis or colds, but also helps in asthma.
Women appreciate this tea, preferably thyme general, and to its ability to absorb menstrual pain. Pregnant and nursing women should but infusion of thyme and thyme prefer not to use internally at all.
Infusion, which is applied as a bath, to wash or poultice, helps in the treatment of poorly healing skin lesions, with problematic and acne skin or for rinsing the scalp against dandruff.
Spas and baths with the addition of thyme and thyme oil or their extracts have a beneficial effect on our psyche, and can even relieve migraine, rheumatic pain, joint pain and other nervous origin. Also improve breathing and generally stimulate the body.

Thyme is a spice and medicine
Thyme is particularly popular as a spice. In the kitchen, use it to adjust meat, pasta, salads, soups, sauces, fish, wildlife, adds to the spice herbal mixtures, such as Provencal spices, for its strong aroma is also very popular for making herbal vinegars and oils.
Seasoning Thyme effect is quite strong, to food therefore add it in moderation.
Thyme leaves, used to condiment fatty meats, cream sauces or otherwise stodgy meals, has a stimulating effect on our digestion, thus avoiding feelings of fullness after meals and at the same time give the dish a typical, distinctive aroma and flavor.

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References: Magical Plants / Volvox Globator

[2007-06-20]
The author Thyme and Thyme - healing scent of summer: Michaela Vorlová