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Ethnomedicinal application of species from genus Thymus in the Pirot County (Southeastern Serbia)

By
Marija Marković ,
Marija Marković
Contact Marija Marković

Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, University of Nis, Niš, Serbia

Dejan Pljevljakušić ,
Dejan Pljevljakušić

Institute for Medicinal Plants Research "Dr. Josif Pančić", Belgrade, Serbia

Biljana Nikolić ,
Biljana Nikolić

Institute of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia

Ljubinko Rakonjac ,
Ljubinko Rakonjac

Institute of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia

Vesna Stankov-Jovanović
Vesna Stankov-Jovanović

Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Belgrade, Serbia

Abstract

The species from genus Thymus are polymorphous plants from the family Lamiaceae, spread in Serbia in many species, subspecies, varieties, and forms. The aerial parts of species from genus Thymus have a long tradition of being used worldwide. The subject of this study was the research of ethnomedicinal application of thyme in Pirot County (Southeastern Serbia). Ethnomedicinal surveys were conducted among the population in four municipalities: Pirot, Babušnica, Bela Palanka, and Dimitrovgrad. It was noticed that 56.9 % of interviewed persons use the species of genus Thymus in the Pirot County. They are usually used in the county’s folk medicine in the form of herbal tea against colds to relieve dry and spastic cough, especially in bronchitis and asthma, and for sedation.


 

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