Thyme

The herb to banish poisonous spirits

The name, Thyme, is derived from the Greek ‘thyo’, reflecting a Greek custom of calming the Gods with fragrant smoke of Thyme. The literal translation is ‘bringing the Gods a sacrifice’. The aroma embodies activity, bravery and courage, and drives out poisonous spirits.

Its strengths

Thymol, the main component of Thyme, is regarded as a very effective disinfectant. This is presumably the reason why it is still used to clean patients’ rooms or old buildings. The bitters have an astringent action. Legend has it that this harnesses strength and courage. The tannins additionally repair injured mucous membrane, so that strengths are not drained.

In brief

Plant family: Labiate (Lamiaceae)
Flowering season: May to October
Harvest: The herb in flower without roots:  May to October
Grows here: Dry, sunny ground, arable waysides and along fields, woodland margins, stand on rocks up to altitudes of 4,500 m. (Himalayas)
Origin: Native
Symbol of: Steadfastness, indestructibility, rooted, steady
growth, expansion, healing all wounds, protection
Language of flowers: Only one look from you and I am rich

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Its name

Other names include Wild Thyme, Garden Thyme and French Thyme

Pfarrer Künzle’s secret remedy

Renowned herbalist and pioneer of folk remedies, Pfarrer Künzle, described the plant as follows, “An excellent herb in teas to treat stomach complaints and cleanse the lungs of mucous. Let the steam an infusion of Thyme run through the ears and nasal passages to strengthen the nerves of the ears, nose and brain and prevent fainting and strokes. A compress of Thyme also helps you get a good night’s sleep.”

Fine seasoning for everyday cuisine

Thyme honey:
Fill a preserving jar with Thyme blossom and add high quality honey until the flowers are well covered. Tightly close the screw-top lid, turn the jar upside down and leave for four weeks. This honey is especially good in tea for treating coughs.
Herbes de Provence:
Pick Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary and Sage and leave to dry. Crush equal parts of the herbs to powder and fill a jar with them.