Composition of Thyme
Thyme is an herb from the mint family. The disinfecting properties of thyme are said to be up to 12 times as powerful as carbolic acid.
Thyme is packed with vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin A. It’s lso a good source of copper, fiber, iron, and manganese.
Health Benefits of Thyme
The flowers, leaves, and oil of thyme have been used to treat bedwetting, diarrhea, stomach ache, arthritis, colic, sore throat, cough, including whooping cough, bronchitis, flatulence, and as a diuretic, to increase urination.
History of Thyme
The name Thyme is said to be derived from the Greek thumos or the Latin fumus which both mean smoke.
Thumos can also signify courage. The Greeks and others considered thyme an emblem of bravery.
Ladies, in the days of chivalry and knights, would often embroider a bee hovering above a spray of thyme upon scarves that they would present to their chosen protector.
Danish and German folklore list patches of wild thyme as a favorite place to find fairies.