Wild thyme

A source of vitality

Wild thyme is thyme’s wild relative. It develops fewer blossoms but its effects last longer. It can be found in barren locations up to an altitude of 4500 m, where the full force of the sun’s rays heats up the ground. It revitalises us through warmth.

Strengthens through warmth

The common name “thyme” is derived from the Greek “thyo”, which translates as “sacrificing to the gods”. The Greeks used to appease the gods with its smoke. In Latin, “thymus” means “vitality”. Wild thyme revitalises through warmth. It drives colds and hardened mucus out of the bronchioles, seals the mucus membranes for a long time, gently strengthens the stomach and intestines and increases bloodflow in the pelvis.

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Plant family: Lamiaceae
Synonyms: Breckland thyme, creeping thyme
Blossoms: June to October
Harvest: The whole plant in blossom without roots: July to August
Vegetation: Dry, sunny ground, country lanes, edges of woods; sandy to rocky
Origin: Native
Distinguishing features: Its leaves are rounder than those of its big brother thymus vulgaris. Its growth is more compact and it looks stringier.

A source of vitality for women

Wild thyme has always been considered a source of vitality for women. It is traditional to place it in the bed of women giving birth to provide warmth and energy for the rigours of labour. It is also said to support women in the first half of their menstrual cycle and to relieve menstrual pain.

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Energy from the sun on cold winter days

Wild thyme stores sunlight in its exuberant leaves. Those who miss the warmth of the sun on cold winter days should dry wild thyme blossoms in the shade in autumn and fill a cotton cushion with them. Rubbing the blossom-filled cushion between your hands in winter releases an aroma reminiscent of the warmth of summer, gladdens the heart and strengthens the lungs.  As a tea, wild thyme brings its own fire back to the surface and warms the abdomen and pelvis.

 

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