to Danish tradition, anyone waiting beside an elder-bush on Midsummer Night
at twelve o'clock will see the king of fairyland and all his retainers
pass by and frolic and amuse themselves in favorite haunts, including in
mounds of fragrant wild thyme.
is also said to have been one of the three plants which made the Virgin
Mary's bed. Indeed, in European there are as many myths as there are quotations
from the poets about this classic plant. Its very name, which is thought
to derive from the greek word Thumon meaning "to fumigate", denotes that
it was used as an incense in Greek temples. It is thought that Common
Thyme was used by Romans extensively for bee culture.
and Romans considered thyme to be an aphrodisiac. In was similarly
used as an aphrodisiac by the French during the Renaissance.
Other uses of Thyme
Both wild thyme and common thyme
help with indigestion, particularly when fatty foods are involved.
They both contain thymol, a poweful natural antiseptic substance. Herb
tea made from wild thyme can assist in clearing of congestion and phlegm
from the respiratory tract. It can be of particular use in assisting
with coughs and colds, sore throats and infected gums. Wild Thyme
can have a calming sedative influence and may help with sleep.
As well as being antiseptic,
Thyme oil, distilled from the leaves and flowering tops is an antioxidant
and has been researched for anti-aging properties. A few drops in a bath
will help the skin if it has been harmed by minor cuts. Thyme oil
used externally may also help overcome depression.
Pregnant woment should refrain
from drinking thyme teas.