Thyme, in Ancient Greece was as a source of courage, and was used as incense and infusions for bathing, and, to flavour liqueurs and cheese.
Placed beneath a pillow, in sachets, it was said to aid sleep and ward off nightmares.
Women gave it to warriors before they headed off into battle; it was placed on coffins to ensure a safe passage into the afterlife.
Thyme is one of the few herbs which will retain all its flavour when dried, and is one of the herbs used in Bouquet Garni, a bundle of herbs, tied together and used to flavour savoury dishes.
Oil of thyme is an effective mouthwash and antiseptic. As a tea, it helps coughs and bronchitis.
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