Thyme Organic (2 oz.)

$4.95

[Organic] A warming, drying herb, thyme is carminative, antibiotic, anthelemic, astringent, expectorant, and antitussive. The essential oil has these same properties, but is also extremely toxic and should not be taken internally. Thyme was used by the ancient Egyptians as one of the herbs included in the mummification process (for its antibacterial qualities), and by the ancient Greeks as an incense. The Romans burned thyme to purify rooms, and also used it to flavor cheese and liqueurs. In the 17th century, thyme teas were a treatment for whooping cough, shortness of breath, gout, and stomach pains and thyme ointment was applied to warts and abcesses. Today, oil of thyme is the main ingredient in the mouthwash Listerine. Thyme is a strong antiseptic used externally for infected cuts and scrapes and internally for oral and respiratory infections. Bath washes made from teas of thyme allowed to cool treat fungal infections such as athlete's foot and also vaginal yeast infections. Thyme contains tannins that cause proteins in skin to cross-link, forming a barrier to infection. Teas of thyme can be taken orally to treat allergies, asthma, colds, and coughs. The essential oil in the herb encourages coughing up of phlegm and stops spasms of the bronchial passages. Inhaling essential oil of thyme placed in hot water as aromatherapy has the same benefits. And of course, the fragrance and flavor of thyme leaves have long been a favorite of cooks for seasoning meats, soups, and stews. Thyme is especially common in Mediterranean and French cuisine, and is an ingredient in the seasoning blend herbes de Provence.
 


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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 27 February, 2012.