Homeric thymus was a symbol of bravery, an aphrodisiac, but also a scorpion and snake repellent. A plant with a long history and an even wider range of usage, Greek thyme is the most aromatic and potent of its related species.
Until the late 17th century pharmacies in Cristian Europe traded a mixture of thyme, sting, benzene and frankincense, “cleaning” the polluted air and protecting from epidemics. It is certain that the thymol it contains is a component that has proven antiseptic properties, has a positive effect on the respiratory, and acts as sedative in dermatopathies.
Thyme is used in pharmaceutical industry (the key ingredient in cough-fighting formulations), homeopathy, cosmetology, and practical medicine (as a hot beverage against fever and good oral hygiene).
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