Aromatic plants: thyme
An aromatic plant among the most used and known since ancient times is the thyme. This type of spontaneous bush is native to the south of France and Spain and already the ancient Egyptians and Greeks used it extensively for therapeutic purposes. Known for its antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it is also efficient for giving relief to the respiratory system (decoctions and essential oils can be taken as a preventive during the winter period). It can be used both fresh and dried also in the kitchen where it is fragrant and precious spice; furthermore, once dehydrated, it does not lose its fragrance but intensifies it. Symbolically it carries good auspices and instills courage and strength - as is clear from the etymology of the name: today it is one of the most used plants at the table and in herbal medicine.
Aromatic plants: lemon balm
Another important species of aromatic plant, with sedative properties and a delicate taste is the lemon balm, perennial bush typical of Asia and southern Europe. At a glance - and of nose - the leaves are similar to mint and the scent is reminiscent of lemon. In phytotherapy its calming, antispasmodic and pain relieving value has been widely recognized for centuries: already in Paracelsus in ancient Greece it used infusions, decoctions (to disinfect the digestive tract) and tonics (to relax the skin of the face) with lemon balm and attributed to the plant almost miraculous powers. Also in the kitchen it is a precious ingredient both fresh for the preparation of sauces (excellent with fish) and jams, and as an essential oil for distilling liqueurs and flavoring drinks: there is also melissa ice cream, with a delicate and fresh taste.
Lavender aromatic plant
Even lavender, like the two previous plants, is an ancient knowledge that adds a unique color and an irresistible scent to phytotherapeutic properties and its versatility of use, including gastronomic (thanks to this last characteristic it is widely used in the preparation of natural cosmetics ). Lavender essential oil is the relaxing par excellence and is very effective in the treatment of colds; the so-called "lavender water" perfumes the bath water and the environments in an intense but not invasive way. The dried purple flowers are used in confectionery to create desserts (excellent recipes for muffins and butter biscuits of Anglo-Saxon origin) or to prepare soaps and scented candles. In other words, nothing is thrown away from lavender and is also a delicious ornamental plant.
Aromatic plant: aromatic plants: ancient and… evergreen
At the conclusion of this short perfumed journey, we can say that man has always known, recognized and known how to use what the earth offered him and nowadays these ancient knowledge - which allow us to cure ourselves in a natural way and to make our life is more pleasant and tasty - they continue to be handed down and used. From pepper to licorice, from mint to juniper, there are a huge number of aromatic plants with countless uses halfway between gastronomy and alchemy. On the web and in the bookshop there are also numerous guides to the correct use of these herbs: these manuals become an excellent gift to give yourself or a loved one, a thought that embodies the passion for natural sciences, for gastronomy and for that bit of magic that is always good for the soul.