Lamiaceae / Mint
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Lore: As you might expect this fragrant plant has been use as a fumigator for centuries. It is used to flavor various foods and is a main ingredient in bouquet garnis. It is used in many toiletries from toothpaste to body lotion. The flavor of meat may be improved if livestock graze on Thyme
Medical Uses: Thyme contains essential oils including thymol which is a strong
antiseptic that is gentle on the skin. In addition to being antiseptic Thyme is known to be an expectorant, antispasmodic
and carminative (relieves digestive gas). Thyme has been used to treat gastrointestinal problems, respiratory disorders
and against hookworm.(Volák &
Stodola) European herbalist have long used it for relaxing baths or in compresses and gargles. It is
reportedly beneficial in treating the headache from a hangover(Dobelis) and toothache.(Foster & Duke)
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves