History of thymes
Thymes-the most used herbal plant in almost every household. Thymes are very useful and medicinal herbs for humans. The traditional Egyptians used thyme as an embalming fluid. In Greece and some other countries, they used thyme in temples and added it to bath water before taking a bath. The flowers, leaves, oils and everything of thymes are used to treat a large range of symptoms and in medicinal uses.
In Rome, thymes are used to give flavors to cheese and alcohol. They’re also supposedly offered as a cure for people who are melancholic or shy. The Roman army introduced thymes to the British Isles once they conquered the land. Greeks used thyme as an indication of bravery.
People grew thyme in gardens and gathered it within the countryside. Scientific research doesn’t support the only specific use of thymes but their research says thymes can have several uses and people still believe in using thymes for various purposes. It originated in the southern Mediterranean but today this plant is common in the whole world and especially in North America. Experts in language tell us that thyme's name was derived from the Greek word thumos, which means smoke. In the past thyme was considered as a sign of courage. Thumos word has many meanings, it is also considered as the sign of courage or sacrifice because it was used as a perfume in temples.
Thyme -A Plant
In Egypt, folks used thyme for killing bacteria and fungus. Within the Roman era, soldiers exchanged them as a sign of bravery. They are accustomed to burning thyme in temples to purify the space and instil the sense of fearlessness.
It is a low-growing aromatic plant of the mint family. The tiny leaves are used as a culinary herb and also the plant yields a medicinal oil. In India, thyme is known in various names depending upon the actual language. In the Hindi language, it is called ajwain. In different languages, thyme has different names. It is commonly called Common thyme or Garden thyme. Thyme of commerce is obtained from dried leaves of T.vulgar, which is a low evergreen perennial undershrub(20-30 cm height).
The entire plant is aromatic including leaves, flowers and fruit. Fresh and dried leaves are consumed as a spice.
Various types of thymes
Harvesting and processing
Uses of thyme
Benefits of thyme
With time the worth of the plant increased. Though it absolutely was in use for ages, with time more of its uses came to light. Oil extracted from thyme is used as a preservative for food, Reducing high blood pressure etc. Let’s look at some of its uses: