Scented and healing thyme is widely used in cooking, cosmetology and traditional medicine. People have long appreciated the unique qualities of the plant: one of its ancient names is “divine grass”. Strengthen health, cure many diseases helps thyme, healing properties and contraindications which are well known.
The plant is surprising to everyone
Thyme, or thyme, called perennial lodging shrub. Its low stems (20-40 cm) end in pinkish-purple inflorescences. Thyme leaves oblong in shape - an ellipse. On the small petioles are glands that produce essential oil. Thyme blooms in May and lasts until the end of summer. The shrub grows in places well lit by the sun. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North Africa.
In antiquity, thyme was actively used in various fields: Sumerians - as an antiseptic, Egyptians - as a component of the composition for embalming. In addition, the Greeks believed that thyme carries the power of love, so the smell of thyme filled with fragrance temples of the goddess of love Aphrodite. And the warriors in different countries and in different centuries strengthened the strength of spirit and courage before the battle with thyme. And today thyme is popular as an effective means of traditional medicine.
Thyme: useful properties
On the basis of thyme make medicines that help against colds. Thyme ointments help with insect bites or swelling. Fragrant thyme tea enhances the protective functions of the body.
Plus, thyme is useful in such cases:
- nervous exhaustion;
- quick physical and mental fatigue;
- upper respiratory tract diseases (pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis);
- brain injury (concussion);
- diseases of the musculoskeletal system (rheumatism, sciatica);
- skin rashes;
- intestinal disorders (thyme is an astringent);
- diseases of the urinary organs;
- men's health problems;
- painful feelings during menstruation;
- bad breath.
Thyme, medicinal properties and contraindications of which are well studied, are used to disinfect and protect the body from harmful microbes. Due to the high content of thymol, the use of "green healer" is an excellent prevention of fungal diseases and infections. Essential oil derived from a plant is best suited for this purpose.
Herbalists in the recipes of therapeutic agents often use the juice and leaves of thyme. These parts of the plant are rich in vitamins and beneficial trace elements, such as:
- potassium, which contributes to the work of the heart muscle, normalizes blood pressure;
- iron needed to improve blood composition;
- manganese, prolonging the body's youthfulness and purifying toxins.
For taste and aroma
Thyme is an aromatic seasoning that accentuates the taste of different dishes, giving them a slight bitterness. Where to add dry or fresh leaves of the plant are advised by experienced chefs:
- soups of beans, peas, beans, lentils;
- warm salads;
- homemade sausages and other meat products;
- pickles (harvesting cucumbers or zucchini).
When used as a spice, the medicinal properties of the thyme also manifest themselves: digestion improves and the body's immunity improves.
A sprig of plants can be placed in a bottle of vegetable oil or vinegar. This will add variety, will make refilling for fresh vegetables healthier and tastier. It is noteworthy that thyme is in high esteem among beekeepers, since the inflorescences of this plant supply a lot of nectar to bees.
However, before using the abdomen, the useful properties of which are so impressive, opposite to the indications should also pay attention. It:
- high blood pressure;
- hypersensitive skin;
- individual intolerance;
- age up to 6 years.
Thyme is an amazing plant with many beneficial properties. With it, you can improve your health and overcome some diseases. This representative of the flora is useful as a medicine, and as a spice in the culinary field. Put thyme in your first-aid kit or in a jar on the kitchen shelf - and let it help you live a healthy and long life!