Hildegard von Bingen was one of the first healers to record the healing properties of thyme in writing. Nevertheless, during antiquity, the herb was already woven into crowns which were placed on the heads of Greek soldiers going to war. This explains the name, which translates as ‘courage’.
Today, thyme is still used to boost self-esteem. The thyme essential oil, which is obtained from the leaves, is also used to relieve cramps and aid digestion.
To treat complaints, thyme oil can be used both internally and externally, for instance as a bath or body oil, or inhaled.