CHAP. 90.—WILD THYME: EIGHTEEN REMEDIES.
Wild thyme, it is said, borrows its name, "serpyllum," from
the fact that it is a creeping1
plant, a property peculiar to the
wild kind, that which grows in rocky places more particularly.
thyme is not a creeping plant, but grows up-
wards, as much a palm in height. That which springs up
spontaneously, grows the most luxuriantly, its leaves and
branches being whiter than those of the other kinds. Thyme
is efficacious as a remedy for the stings of serpents, the cun-
more particularly; also for the sting of the scolopendra,
both sea and land, the leaves and branches being boiled for the
purpose in wine. Burnt, it puts to flight all venomous crea-
tures by its smell, and it is particularly beneficial as an antidote to the venom of marine animals.
A decoction of it in vinegar is applied for head-ache, with
rose oil, to the temples and forehead, as also for phrenitis and
lethargy: it is given, too, in doses of four drachmæ, for gripings of the stomach, strangury, quinsy, and fits of vomiting.
It is taken in water, also, for liver complaints. The leaves are
given in doses of four oboli, in vinegar, for diseases of the
spleen. Beaten up in two cyathi of oxymel, it is used for
spitting of blood.