Types Of Thyme Plants: Varieties Of Thyme For The Garden
Thyme is one of the most useful plants in nature. It has been used for centuries as a medicine, food, and even perfume. However, it was not until the 19th century that its medicinal properties were discovered. Thymus vulgaris (commonly known as common thyme) is a perennial herb with yellow flowers which are followed by white berries.
It grows wild in temperate regions of Europe, Asia and North America. Common thyme is native to the Mediterranean region, but it has been introduced into other parts of the world such as Australia and New Zealand.
Common thyme is very hardy plant that can survive harsh climates. Its leaves have a pleasant smell when fresh and they are edible when cooked or eaten raw. They are often used in salads because their flavor is milder than some other herbs like parsley or dill. When dried, common thyme is used in making oil, tinctures and extracts.
The best part about common thyme is that it grows easily in almost any soil type. It prefers moist soils and does well in full sun or partial shade. Common thyme can grow up to 5 feet tall and produce large clusters of bright red flowers each spring. These flowers are followed by small white berries which taste bitter when eaten raw but are edible when cooked or made into tea.
Because these berries are quite small, they are often unnoticed or consumed by birds and other small creatures in nature.
The leaves of the common thyme plant have a pleasant scent when crushed. They have an approximate thymy scent which is slightly more camphorous than the related English Thyme. Its taste is also intermediate between these two types, though with a slight pungency and slightly bitter undertone. This makes it a bit more versatile than English Thyme, but still not quite as strong as true Thyme.
Common Thyme is an herb that is native to southern Europe. It grows naturally in rocky hillsides and prefers dry, well drained soil. It has a long (sometimes branching) stems that are woody near the base. It grows small purple-tinged white flowers in small clusters at the tips of the branches in summer.
Most commonly known for its culinary uses, common thyme has also been used traditionally as a remedy for respiratory issues. It also has antiseptic and analgesic properties. It is used in the treatment of asthma and whooping cough.
English Thyme is native to the British Isles and is an evergreen subshrub that has tiny, narrow leaves with tiny purple flowers. It prefers rocky hillsides and dry soils.
Its flavor is much stronger than other types of thyme and has a pinelike scent. Unlike other types of thyme, the young shoots and leaves can be used in cooking as well as the dried or fresh flowering tops. It is used in the treatment of respiratory and digestive ailments including coughs, colds, bronchitis, indigestion, flatulence, vomiting, diarrhea and parasites. It also has antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It is used in the treatment of respiratory tract infections, acne, oily skin, insect bites and stings, oily hair and dandruff.
In cooking, English Thyme is used in meat and chicken dishes, soups, sauces and stuffings. It is also used as a flavoring in cheeses and yogurts.
Rock Rose is a mat-forming, gray-green perennial that has little pink five-petaled flowers and grows in North American rocky mountains and desert regions. It grows to be only 4-6 inches high and wide. It has a very light scent, which is barely noticeable.
Traditionally, Rock Rose has been used as a remedy for anxiety, nervousness, restlessness and insomnia. It also has sedative properties and is used in the treatment of insomnia, tension and anxiety.
The flowers and leaves are used to make a tea that can be drunk or used as a compress. It can also be combined with other herbs and used as an ingredient in bath oils, salves and balms.
Common Plantain is a broadleaf plant that has a long history of medical use among Native Americans. It has a thick, fleshy, dark green and slightly reddish leaf which grows close to the ground. It has long, narrow segments and rounded tips.
It has long been used as a poultice for treating cuts, wounds and skin irritation. It also soothes insect bites, relieves pain and speeds healing of bruises. It has been used traditionally in the treatment of stomach ailments and respiratory problems. It is used in the treatment of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis, bleeding, burns, diarrhea, colitis and dysentery.
It is used orally to treat fluid build up and chest congestion. It is also used as a diuretic and to treat urinary tract infections.
Yarrow is a perennial plant with flat-topped clusters of yellow flowers that grows in fields and pastures of Europe and North America. It has long been used traditionally for a variety of medical purposes. It has a silvery-green central leaf with leaves growing on each side that have saw toothed edges and grow opposite each other.
Traditionally, Yarrow has been used for a wide range of medical purposes. It is used to stop bleeding, including vaginal bleeding, and is used in the treatment of nosebleeds, excessive bleeding after childbirth, hemorrhages from wounds and diarrhea. It is also used to ease pain during childbirth. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to treat bruises, boils and arthritis.
It is also used to prevent the spread of infection and speed up wound healing. It has also been used as a digestion aid and to treat fevers.
The entire plant can be chewed or the juice from the leaves can be applied directly to a wound to stop bleeding. The leaves can also be made into a poultice and applied to a wound or boil to speed up healing and relieve pain.
Yarrow is also used as a culinary herb and can be used to flavor many meats, stuffings, stews, sauces and vinegars. It is also used as a flavoring in beer and liquor.
Yarrow grows wild in most parts of the world and can be found growing along roadsides and in fields. It grows to be 3-15 inches high and has small, floret clusters of yellow flowers that bloom from late spring until late summer. It has a thick, white or pinkish stem and lance-shaped leaves that are gray-green in color. The leaves have saw-toothed edges and grow opposite of each other.
It has a thick, fleshy root stalk and its whole plant is covered with a fine downy hair. It blooms from late spring until late summer.
Most commercially available Echinacea today is cultivated from seeds, mainly in the midwestern United States and eastern China. It grows wild in parts of United States, Canada and Northern Mexico. It can also be found growing abundantly in the wild in Europe and Asia.
The Zuni people used Echinacea for all varieties of ailments including wounds, sores, stomach problems, head colds, toothaches, sore throats, swellings, burns and skin irritations. The Cherokee used an Echinacea tea as a mouthwash for treating sores and wounds inside the mouth. The root was chewed for toothaches.
The roots, leaves and seeds of the purple coneflower were widely used by North American indigenous people. It was frequently used as a source of food, medicine and for ceremonial purposes. The Blackfoot used the roots for stomach problems, coughs, colds, sore throats, fevers and malaria.
The Lakota used an Echinacea tea as a mouthwash to treat mouth and throat sores. The Cheyenne, Ute and Paiute used it as a love medicine, which was given to women to make them more attractive and appealing to men. It was also believed to increase their fertility.
The Zuni people believed that the spirit of a dead person could return to the living if their corpse was tossed into the middle of an Echinacea plant. This explains why the plant is sometimes known as the “Ghost flower.”
Research suggests that a compound found in Echinacea, called echinacein, has strong anti-viral and immune-stimulating activity. This means that it boosts the activity of certain white blood cells, which are important for fending off viruses and bacteria that cause disease. Echinacea is often used to prevent colds or lessen their severity. It is also used to fight the symptoms of allergic reactions.
Echinacea is also used for treating many other conditions including urinary tract infections, tuberculosis, malaria, skin conditions and heart problems. The herb is also used for treating arthritis, athlete’s foot, yeast infections, eczema, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, obesity, migraine headaches and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It is also used to stimulate hair growth.
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