Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), like many of our other aromatic kitchen spices, was used as a meat preservative in ancient times. This led to its use as a flavoring spice as well. It was also traditionally used medicinally as a cough remedy, digestive aid, and treatment for intestinal worms. Thyme was a symbol of courage in the middle ages; Noblewomen would sew sprigs of thyme on scarves and give them to their favorite knights as they left on crusades.
Thyme was a powerful antiseptic for wounds on the battlefield. In the 17th century Thyme oil was commonly used as a topical antiseptic. The oil contained two chemicals – thymol and carvacol- that account for its medicinal value. These chemicals fight several disease-causing bacteria and fungi.Read More