12 August

Creeping thyme ( Thyme , Bogorodsk grass)

How sweet smell of honey, flavored with thyme aroma.

creeping thyme (thyme, Bogorodsk grass, spoons, lemon odor, etc.) - Thymus serpyllum

On the origin of the generic name there are at least three versions.Some associate it with the word thymos - strength, courage.In the Middle Ages it was believed that thyme (thyme) gives people strength and courage, so the image of its branches in various combinations and surrounded by bees are often decorated with knight's scarves.According to another version, the Greek word translated as breath of life, the spirit.

According to a third version, it is associated with the word thyo - «sacrifice».This version is based on the fact that thyme is the most ancient cult plant, among all the peoples it was the custom of bringing thyme in sacrifice to the gods: it is usually burned in temples or altars.Fragrant smoke (incense) ascended to the sky, caressing the smell of gods and causing their favor.In ancient Greece, it was dedicated to Aphrodite, Rome - god o

f time, Saturn, and in Russia thyme (thyme) called Bogorodskaya or bogoroditsynoy grass.

The custom was on the day of the Assumption bunches of fragrant herbs to decorate her icons.The specific name indicates the plant location features in the space: it stems "creep."

ancients gave the name of thyme "serpillum": crawling OH,
close to the ground, having a dry and hot strength.

Odo of Mena

Since ancient times thyme worshiped as the divine herb that can return a person to not only health, but life.Perhaps that is why sniffing powdered thyme (thyme) for fainting.Dioscorides recommended the infusion of thyme honey for asthma, as anthelmintic and extraordinary means, in childbirth and female illnesses.

Pliny the Elder in his writings leads 28 drugs, which is composed of thyme.Avicenna reports that if it boil in vinegar and attach with rose oil to the head, it helps by memory loss, as well as insanity, lethargy and meningitis.He recommends it as anthelmintic, uterine, and tool that can remove stones.In Europe and in the Middle Ages thank thyme (thyme) as a healer not faded.

Smoke burning thyme expels snakes of all kinds,
Also, every creature that biting, introduces
poison And the reapers have a custom: to edoyu thyme combine,
to when fatigued cover their sleep deep,
sleep safely could,undeterred by malicious worms ...

Odo of Mena

Considered thyme (thyme) useful in diseases of the stomach, spleen, liver, female diseases.In one of the medical reference books of the last century said: "... he is a remarkable tonic for the lungs, its action in this area is incomparable with any other herbal remedies.Hardly, and other such means against childhood pertussis. "

We used thyme as sanitary facilities.Its smoke fumigated infectious patients, cows after calving, dairy Krynki and barrels for pickling vegetables.For some people it was used for long-term storage of meat dishes.In folk medicine, thyme is widely used in diseases of the upper respiratory tract, as a sedative for insomnia in adults and children, externally -.. As a painkiller radiculitis and neuritis, rheumatism, tumors, bruises, etc. Until now, the people there is a belief that ifsleep on the pillow, which is located inside thyme (thyme) , it brings health and longevity.

In modern scientific medicine, infusion of herbs and liquid extract are recommended for diseases of the upper respiratory tract.Recently, thyme is used alone or in combination with grass and wormwood centaury for the treatment of patients with alcoholism.The treatment is designed for 2-3 months.Use broth and thyme to produce toshnotno-emetic reactions to alcohol (only in a hospital).

Thyme - half-shrub with creeping on the ground shoots, reaching the age of 30 years.The main stem is woody with time-neet and grow from it, and lifted up the shoots of the second and third order, leafy.Leaves thyme (thyme) small, bare or pubescent, on very short petioles, are arranged oppositely.By June - July, on the tops of the shoots produced numerous lifts bilabiate flowers collected in the head.Flowering thyme is very beautiful: it covers solid pink or light purple carpet the hillsides and some parts of the steppe.In addition, the plant is very fragrant.

In most cases thyme undemanding to the conditions, but grows better on sandy and gravel soil where its roots can easily penetrate deep into.Thyme securely holds the soil.In the USSR, about 100 species of thyme, easy to hybridize with each other, so that the definition of species of thyme even botany, taxonomy is a difficult task.In practice, the collection of medicinal plant species of thyme are usually not distinguished, although they may differ greatly among themselves both on the content of essential oil, and on its composition.It contains from 0.1 to 2% of essential oil, the main component of which - thymol.It grows in the steppe and forest-steppe zone of the European part of the country and in Western Siberia.In the forest zone, and although common, but rare and not abundant.It prefers open spaces in a dry rocky steppe, and it can also form a continuous carpet on the high plateau.When harvesting should only be cut gently herbaceous flowering shoots.Broken thickets of thyme restored with great difficulty.

herb thyme is widely used in cooking as a spicy condiment for flavoring and preserving food.The fishermen there is a belief that the fumigation thyme fishing gear provides a good catch.Thyme - a great honey plant, known as far back as Ancient Greece.Here, thyme, as well as the bee, were symbols of hard work.The essential oil of thyme is used in perfumery, in distillery production.

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