With its unique, antiseptic, antimicrobial and disinfectant properties, Thyme has been known and used by healers since ancient times.
According to ancient Greek legends, Apollo (who was also a god of medicine) gave it to one of his priests with the words:
– This beautiful herb has the power to restore not only health but also life!
During the rise and prosperity of ancient Rome, Thyme was worshiped and invariably present in the daily lives of every affluent family.
The Mountain Thyme, which the merchants supplied from the high, inaccessible mountain Hemus (Stara Planina) (located between the provinces of Moesia and Thrace – today’s Bulgaria), was especially valuable. In the markets of ancient Rome, 1 kg of silver coins was paid for 1 kg of dry Mountain Thyme from Hemus.
In the Middle Ages, smoke from thyme was used for disinfection in rooms where there were plague and leprosy patients.
To this day, thyme is one of the most widely used herbs in both official and traditional medicine. Mountain Thyme is a perennial herbaceous plant that reaches a height of 20-25 cm. The aboveground part of the plant and the essential oil extracted from it are used.
Mountain Thyme contains the following in its chemical composition:
• mineral salts;
• essential oil;
• flavonoid glycosides;
• antibiotic substances;
• polyphenols; and many others.
Healing properties and uses of Mountain Thyme:
• analgesic effect;
• inhibits the development of pathogenic microorganisms;
• works well in inflammation of the oral cavity;
• relieves pain from colic and other stomach problems;
The most common use of Mountain Thyme in folk medicine is in various diseases of the respiratory system.
Conditions and ailments Mountain Thyme is used for:
• digestive problems;