Red Thyme

Latin Name

Thymus zygis

Family

Lamiaceae

Chemotype

Thymol

Distilled Component

Leaves

Traditionally Known Properties

Powerful anti-infective agent with a broad effectiveness range, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic. Immune booster. Aids digestion and whets the appetite. Eubiotic; re-balances intestinal flora by selectively targeting pathogenic bacteria. Warming, analgesic. Expectorant. Represses bronchial spasm. Stimulates, energizes; general tonic.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Anecdote

A native of Southern Europe, red thyme was used in the embalming of deceased Egyptians and Etruscans. Moreover, at that time, "thymus" was another word for "perfume". According to a legend, this herb was created during the Trojan War out of the tears of beautiful Helen. The Romans used red thyme in cosmetics, while the Greeks burned it in front of the altar of their gods and opulent homes. Placed under a pillow, this condiment is thought to promote sleep.

Nowadays, nearly 300 varieties of thyme are known. Also called "farigoule" by southern French people, this herb has remarkable medicinal and culinary properties.