It is a shrub whose small steps between 10 and 25 cm high. The strain is strong and from it several stems grow very rigid. They are completely covered with leaves and a very fine hair. The leaves are small and attach directly to stems, with no corners. They are covered with hair and dimples where they stay a few drops of essence.
Can be found in the southern half of Spain, from Valencia Extremadura up through Andalusia. It can also be raised in the Balearic Islands, but is difficult to find in the northern half of the peninsula.
One grows in thickets, on slopes of dry and warm.
Usually begins flowering in June (although in some areas is usually a bit ahead) and then continues throughout the summer to finish in autumn.
The flowers are pink and are grouped at the ends. The corolla is divided into 4 or 5 petals and the cup has the same form but with more pointed segments. Smell is very pleasant.
Sumidad florida is collected, so the harvest time should coincide with the flowering season, ie from June to October.
The most important component is the essence, which varies greatly by the rate at which the plant produces. It normally contains 1.5% essential and 65% of phenols. It contains very little thymol and carvacrol enough.
The essence gives the heady thyme appetite stimulant, antiseptic, toning and antifungal. Phenolic acids enhance the antiseptic action. It has been used against whooping cough, chronic inflammation of the bronchi, asthma, digestive disorders and diarrhea.
As long as there is a substance, remember that can result in allergic reactions, especially in children, and in excessive doses can cause convulsions. Generally not recommended to use this substance for long periods of time.
cooking. Add 40 gr. Of the plant to a liter of water and heat the mixture for 30 minutes. With honey is more beneficial for asthmatics. Adding salt and vinegar used to purge phlegmatic humors. Without salt and vinegar applied externally to treat swelling is used as compresses, lotions, baths, mouthwashes, etc..
Also used as a condiment in cooking, with no therapeutic purpose.
PART USED: Sumidad florida
CASTILIAN: Tomillo andaluz, tomillo sevillano
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