poisondiaries

Thymol plant: Common Thyme

Thymus Vulgaris or Thyme, is a plant and a herb native to southern Europe. Although commonly used as a flavouring herb for recipes, Thyme also has medicinal values. The Thymol contained inside this plant makes it a strong disinfectant. It is also recommended as a stimulant and a antipasmodic.

It was traditionally advised that you should sleep with this herb if you are epileptic or if you are experiencing melancholy. 

Medievals used Thyme to symbolise courage. 

It also holds the popular belief that drinking the tea of the leaf will prevent nightmares.


Alfalfa; A plant that heals...

Alfalfa, a perennial flowering plant in the pea family, also known as Medicago Sativa, has been used in herbal medicine for over 1,500 years.

Its Italian name ‘erba medica’ means medical herb and, it has been cultivated by humans from as far back as the 4th century with its primary purpose in medicine.

The leaves are used to lower cholesterol and for kidney and urinary tract ailments.

The plant is high in protein, calcium and vitamins.

In traditional Chinese medicine the young leaves were used to treat digestion disorders and it was also believed to be good for people who suffered from arthritis and water retention.

Thymol plant: Origanum Compactum

This plant is a strong disinfectant with medicinal properties that help stimulate the immune system. It is used, when mixed, as a general tonic. The essential oils are also used as an incenticide against mosquitos.

Traditional uses include using it to treat bronchial and lung infections, for bacteria and malaria and to help cure cystitis.

 There however is a precaution given when using the oil. You should not apply too much to a large area of your skin and it should always be diluted as the oil is a dermocaustic. 

Thymol plant: Ajwain

Also known as Trachyspermum ammi, Ajowan or Ajamin. This is a plant 

native to India.

It is traditionally used as a digestion aid, however it is also

known to help with other ailments, such as, flu, asthma, coughs, colds, 

colic, diarrhea, cholera, indigestion, edema and rhematism. It is a natural

diuretic, diaphoretic, expectant and antiseptic. 

Many people soak the seeds of a Ajwain in lemon juice over night and eat

them in the morning to rid their blood of eosinophilla. Chewing the seeds

also prevents bad breath. 




Thymol plant: Cretan Dittany

Also known as Hop Majoram, Diktamo, Dictamnus Creteus, Winter sweet and Eronda, this herb plant is native to the rocky mountains of Crete.

The Greek name for this plant roughly translates as “love” or “eros” (God of love, desire and fertility). In ancient times the plant was thought to be an aphrodisiac given to newly weds to ignite their passion.

It has been used on the island of crete as a local remedy for years to treat many different things, such as, an aid for stomach ailments, for menstrual cramps, for digestion disorders, for sore throats, coughs, colds and even in child birth…