Time for Thyme

Trivia about a lovely herb…

There are over 100 varieties of thyme.

Ancient Egyptians used thyme during the mummification process.

The Greeks, the Romans, the Scottish highlanders, and the knights of the Middle Ages all believed thyme improved strength and courage.

The ancient Greeks added thyme in their baths.

When the Greeks stated someone “smelled of thyme” they declared that person was elegant, refined, and stylish.

The Greeks burnt thyme as incense in their sacred temples.

The Romans and Druids utilised thyme for the treatment of depression.

In the Middle Ages, thyme was placed under pillows to prevent nightmares and aid sleep.

Fairies love thyme. In France and England, people often created a bed of thyme to attract fairies and attract them to the garden.

Oberon, the king of fairies in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, says, “I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,” referring to the bed of thyme in which Titania the fairy queen sleeps.

Greek Hymettus honey is made by bees who gather the pollen from wild thyme on Mount Hymettus.

Thyme has been used on wound bandages to prevent infection.

The essential oil of thyme is known thymol. It was isolated in 1725 by the German apothecary Neuiuiann.

The active ingredient in Listerine mouthwash is thymol.

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