Description: A semi-evergreen shrub with dense small spikes of flowers. Used for hundreds of years for medicinal and culinary purposes. Considered a sacred plant by the Hebrews and revered for its cleansing properties by the Greeks and Romans.
Synonyms: none known
Origin: Mediterranean regions; Central and South Europe, Central and West Asia, North Africa
Parts Used: dried leaves, stems and flowers
Aroma Description: warm, powerful, slightly sharp, sweet, camphoraceous, spicy, herbaceous
Emotional Attributes: cleansing/purifying
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy
Culinary Uses: used to flavor soups, salads, legumes and meat dishes. Dried herb is used to make teas. Oil is used to flavor bitters and liqueurs, such as Chartreuse.
Medicinal Attributes: astringent, expectorant, anti-inflammatory. Used to treat bronchitis, respiratory and urinary tract infections and congestion, feverish illnesses, gas, colic, nervous exhaustion, cuts bruises, etc.
Element Association: Fire
Astrological Association: Sagittarius
Planetary Association: Jupiter
Aromatic Note: Middle note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled - subject to legal restrictions in some countries.
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