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English Name
Bible hyssop; marjoram, thyme
Scientific Name
Origanum syriacum
Arabic Name
زعتر
Transliteration
Za‘tar
Description
Perennial herb 20-50 cm long, with many aromatic basal non-branched, green stems and woody bases. Leaves heart shaped to orbicular, covered by minute dense hairs, aromatic. Flowers, white, minute, dense arranged in a compact spikes*see picture
Seasonality
Spring
Locality
"Messah Altitude: 1096 Latitude North: N 33°50'46.3"" Latitude East:E 036°04'09,6"" Collector: Antoun Maacaroun Date: 5/13/2005"
Habitat
Usually grows in basic soils **Western Mediterranean region
Medical Properties
Anti-dote for snake/ scorpion poison - Anti-mild to treat food poisoning - Beneficial for cardiovascular system - Carminative or treats flatulence - Treatment of symptoms of cold and coughing - Disinfectant - Fortifies memory - Purifies blood - Prevents Kidney stones - Good for headaches - Helps in digestion - Improves appetite - Increases Blood pressure - Kills intestinal worms - Relieve stomach aches - Maintain a good respiration - Tastes good - Removes residues and deposits in the stomach
Edible Portions
Leaves, stalks, and flowering top
MOC
Raw in salads *see recipes
Family
Labiatae (mint family)
Compounds
Therapeutic Uses
recipes
Wild Thyme salad
 
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