World-Way Biotech Inc.


Click:333  Time:2017-03-22 14:52:00

Thymus vulgaris
Common thyme, garden thyme 

      Thymus has two possible derivations: from the Greek word For courage, or from a term meaning to cleanse or fumigate. In the Age of Chivalry thyme motifs were embroidered on knights' scarves to inspire courage before a jousting tournament. Sprigs of the herb were also burned indoors to cleanse the air, and were thought to offer protection from the plague. The herb was also associated with death: thyme was once planted on graves in Wales and sprigs were carried at funerals of the members of a British secret benevolent society known as the Oddfellows. According to a curious old superstition, planting a bed of thyme in the garden would either bring fairies to the home or enable one to catch sight of them.
      Thymol, the essential oil present in thyme, is strongly antibacterial, hence its reputation as a herbal disinfectant. Thyme tea is a traditional remedy for gastro-intestinal complaints and the oil was once taken to expel intestinal parasites, particularly hookworm. Thyme also has antispasmodic properties which make it an effective remedy for sore throats, irritable coughs, and bronchitis. A thyme mouthwash is also helpful for gum infections. Externally, thyme oil was used as an antiseptic during World War I.
      Thyme is traditionally included in sausages, meat loaf, terrines and stuffing mixtures, both for its preservative qualities as well as its savoury taste. It is an important herb in southern French, Greek, Creole and Cajun cuisines.
      HABITAT Native to the western Mediterranean and southern Italy. Introduced elsewhere and widely cultivated, especially in Hungary and Germany. Found on dry, rocky, or well-drained soils.
      DESCRIPTION Perennial that may be grown as an annual in cold climates. Bushy herb with several, many branched, wooded stems that grows from 10-30cm(4-12in) with strongly aromatic leaves. These are small, narrow, and elliptical to lance-shaped with greyish-green uppers and downy undersides. From early to mid-summer whorls of lilac to pink, tubular, upped flowers grow in clusters at the tips of the branches. Several varieties of thyme are available including broad-leaved, narrow-leaved, variegated and lemon thyme.
      GROWING TIPS Sow seed indoors in the warmth, or propagate from cuttings. Plant out seedlings in a sunny, sheltered position in light, very well-drained soil. Thyme prefers poor, fairly rocky soil.

[ Print] [ Close]
Kenfor Lighting86 job86  trade86  wanggou86 cloud86