This is helpful information for people who prefer natural remedies to all the man-made stuff that causes more problems, more illness, and more money. Re-blogged from smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com
This versatile herb can be used to flavour many wonderful dishes. As with most of our herbs, thyme has a long and revered history medicinally and if you had been a prominent Egyptian the herb would have been used to embalm you. Since the herb has antibacterial and antifungal properties it would have helped preserve the bodies beautifully.
The Greeks and Romans used thyme as a purifier, burning it as incense in rooms and in their baths. It was also added to food such as cheese and alcohol – again probably because of its antibacterial properties and it may well be one of the first natural preservatives used in food manufacture.
Originally from the warmer climate of the Mediterranean, the herb became better known in Britain in the 17th century. Healers used the herb to relieve the symptoms of whooping cough, breathing difficulties, gout and mild stomach complaints.
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