Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Thymus capitatus
Common name:

Thymus capitatus

Synonym name:

Hebrew name:

קורנית מקורקפת

Scientific name:

Coridothymus capitatus



Arabic name:

זוחיף, זעתר פרסי

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perennial plant
0.3-0.4 m
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The thymus grows up on the chalky soils in the mountain region, and the in the coastal plains - on coarse sand.


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Thymus capitatus - Coridothymus capitatus 
Plant Description:
 Thymus is a small Bush, from the Lamiaceae family, with woody branches that grow densely and forming a kind of skullcap. The plant leaves are narrow, little, stiff and pointed, and they grow densely on the branches. The leaves creates a typical aromatic smell. The Flowers bloom in dense scalps in pink – purple color. The fruit composed of four nutlets. 
The thymus is a very common herbal plant in the ethnic groups of Israel. It is used as a remedy for coughs, colds, toothache, digestive diseases, severe constipation, temporary paralysis of the limbs of the body, breathing difficulties, loss of appetite and general weakness. 
How to use 
Dip a full teaspoon of thyme leaves, green or dry, in a glass of boiling water, wait a few minutes, filter it and drink. This brew is very effective for treating whooping cough. 
This brew is also effective for digestive diseases, cough, cold, severe constipation, lack of appetite and general weakness. 
 In Cases of coughs and colds you can boil a handful of thyme leaves in a liter of water. When the steams are rising from the pot, put a towel on your head and bent over the steam and breathe them into the airways. 
For Temporary paralysis of the limbs: do a bath with boiled thyme leaves (100 grams of leaves per liter of water). You have to stay in the bath for half an hour. It is recommended to repeat the treatment for a month. 
Our ancestors used the plant for food, in the Tosefta book it is written:" moss and Siah and thyme cut off and eat" (Shabbat 14,12) and for heating " moss and Siah and thyme if they were put in to trees or edible animal food you can use them on the Sabbath" ( Shabbat XIV). Maimonides calls the thymus a "wonderful cleaner" and he used it as a medicine that cleansing all that in the chest,