Thyme (Bai Li Xiang)
Botanical Name: Thymus vulgaris
Thyme is a food, incense, and medicine for the mind, body, and spirit that has an ancient medicinal and magical history. Fresh thyme has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs and is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens.
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Western Name: Thyme
Also Known As: Rainbow Falls, Archer’s Gold, Golden King, Silver Posie, Silver Queen
Organs/Systems: Respiratory, Nervous, Stomach, Intestines, Adrenals, Skin
Key Actions: Antiseptic, Diuretic, Restorative, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Anticancer, Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal, Insecticidal
Medicinal Uses: Cold, flu, coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, tonsillitis, colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach pain, diarrhea, bedwetting, candida, food poisoning, parasitic worm infections, urinary tract infections, adrenal fatigue, mouth sores, tooth decay, and skin disorders. Prevents tooth decay. Prevents cancer.
Pin Yin: Bai Li Xiang
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Lungs, Spleen, Stomach
Key Actions: Tonifies Qi, Tonifies and Warms the Lungs, Releases to the Exterior, Tonifies Spleen (especially for Spleen Yang Deficiency Syndromes), Tonifies Wei Qi
Medicinal Uses: Shortness of breath, coughs, pale complexion, depression, white phlegm cough, chills, fever, tuberculosis, asthma, cause sweating to ease muscle pain, chills, fatigue, rheumatism, chronic illnesses, general weakness, wet watery diarrhea, colic, nausea, menstrual cramping, colds, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, depression, foggy brain, cold limbs, poor digestion, skin infections and irritations, pussy wounds, parasites.
Basic Habitat / Botany:
Approximately 350 thyme species exist. A perennial shrub belonging to the mint family, with a thin woody base and square stems. It features very small light green colored, paler underneath, slightly curved aromatic leaves. Tiny lilac or white colored flowers that appear in Summer.
Native to southern Europe and Mediterranean regions.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Flower, Leaf, Essential Oil
Flavors/Temps: Slightly Pungent, Bitter, Astringent, Warm, Dry
Caution: Considered safe.
Key Constituents: Essential oil (20-54% Thymol), P-cymene, Myrcene, Borneol and Linalool. Phytonutrients, Vitamins A and C, Copper, Iron, Fiber, Manganese
History/Folklore: Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming, as the herb was known to preserve meat. The Sumerians used it as an antiseptic in 3000 B.C. The Ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it to be a source of courage. They used thyme as a symbol of elegance.
The Romans used it to treat melancholy and to become courageous. It was carried into battle to promote bravery and strength. They also used it as a flavoring for alcoholic beverages and cheeses. Romans often ate a bit of thyme prior to eating a meal to prevent food poisoning or poisoning in general! It was said that even a bath full of thyme could help counter the effects of poison if it had been mistakenly ingested.
In Europe during the Middle Ages, the herb was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares. It was also worn on clothes to ward off the plague, as it was a major ingredient in virtually every remedy to prevent or cure the disease. During this time, it was a common symbol of chivalry. It was commonly given to soldiers before they went off to battle. It was often placed on graves to support the departed on their journey in the afterlife, a practice that dates back to the early Egyptians.
In 1725, a German apothecary discovered that the plant’s essential oil was effective against bacteria and fungi. In the 19th century, thyme was used to disinfect hospitals and promote recovery in patients. Before the advent of modern antibiotics, thyme was used to medicate bandages.
In modern times, thyme is recognized for its powerful antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. It is excellent for supporting a strong immune system, fighting and preventing respiratory infections, soothing irritated skin conditions such as eczema and acne, and helping heal sprains, cuts, and bruises.
The compound thymol, found in thyme, has powerful antiseptic properties that support many of the herbs’ historical applications from preventing illness to healing wounds.
Thyme may act like estrogen in the body. Wild thyme can slow down the thyroid’s activity because it can affect hormones, such as estrogen, that control the thyroid gland. It is not recommended medicinally for those with hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast, uterine, or ovarian cancers.
Recent research is confirming thyme’s ability to protect the brain from nerve damage and neuroinflammation.
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, thyme is known for Tonifying and Moving Qi. It helps to Expel Wind Cold. It is used to clear mucus from the Lungs and help calm coughing. Thyme’s aromatic properties make it popular in food recipes. It is often used in Asian marinades for meat, especially in dishes like stir-fries or grilled dishes.
Used In Mouthwash
Thymol, a main compound in thyme, is an antiseptic and is also the main active ingredient in commercial mouthwashes.
The Anther species of thyme, Thymus serpyllum (wild thyme or creeping thyme), is an important source of nectar for honey bees.
Rich In Nutrients
Thyme leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium.
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