Thyme is a valuable herb that contributes to your well-being. It has a distinctive sour, earthy flavour with a deep mint taste. It contains small pungent leaves and a member of the genus evergreen Thymus herb and part of the mint family, Lamiaceae.
A Mediterranean garden herb, perfect for seasoning with and a useful herb that is full of flavour and an excellent add on to hundreds of dishes. It can spruce up many foods and powerfully flavours a range of meals.
Thyme herb can be eaten raw, cooked or lightly steamed and it is a versatile herb in which it is used in many ways, externally and internally.
Thyme contains a high amount of thymol which is a “monoterpenoid phenol derivative of cymene” and is known for its strong anti-septic properties. Thymol is typically found in thyme oil, oregano and tangerine peel. Both Thymol and thyme have a range of functional possibilities such as within pharmacy, cosmetics, bath and body and of course in food.
Where does Thyme originate?
There are hundreds of different species of thyme and can grow as tall as around 40cm high. Thyme has been used as far back as in the Egyptians times and through the European middle ages. During Ancient Greece times, thyme was known as a source of courage and bravery and women gave thyme to warriors for their efforts in the battleground.
Thyme and many other plants and herbs is even mentioned in the bible for the great benefits that it provides:-
” Luke 2:7 Thyme grew prolifically in the Holy Lands. Because of its abundance, it was used as food for the animals and was therefore in the manger where Jesus was laid,”
Certain Herbs and plants were considered sacred back then, hundreds of years ago and while it is used today, it is considered a traditional herb that is known specifically for aiding in certain health conditions.
Thyme grows very well in the bright sun and it’s origins rooted in Southern Mediterranean. They can be grown easily in the back of your garden or cultivated commercially and used as a medicinal herb or for culinary. There are many types of thymes such as “Wild thyme” or “mother of thyme and each type is grown distinctively and it’s uses are slightly different from one another.
Medicinal Uses Of Thyme
Throughout the years, thyme herb has been used for a multitude of uses. As far back as the roman era, Roman soldiers would exchange vines of thyme herbs in a way to show respect for one another.
Thyme has a reputation to purify, heal and protect. When the black death hit in the late 13th century, millions of people turned to thyme for cleansing and strengthening their bodies. It is a rich and powerful herb that can be placed in your very own home for enrichment and flavor:-
- Although more research needs to be done, Thymol is a chemical compound found in thyme oil and widely used in many toiletries such as mouthwashes, toothpaste, hand soaps and shampoos! A great cleansing ingredient.
- Anti – inflammatory – Thymol is efficient at lowering inflammation inside the body, lowering blood pressure. It is packed with nutrients to aid in healthy bones and fighting off infections.
- Full of Vitamin C and excellent sources of iron and copper – If you feel a headache coming on or a cold, draining thyme as a tea can bring excellent relief and always there to aid troublesome symptoms. Always consult with your doctor when drinking thyme tea.
- Reducing or clearing away dandruff – Simply 1 or 2 drops of thyme essential oil with some coconut oil mixed well together, can be applied to your scalp for relief. Also, thyme helps stimulate hair growth and it was found to treat conditions such as “alopecia areata”.
- Aids digestion – Thyme tea is effective for sufferers of bloating or constipation to allow for some relief. It soothes the stomach muscle due to its antispasmodic effect.
As you can tell, there are many reasons to include thyme into your diet, it can uplift your mood too and lucky for us that the fragrant herb just become local just a few years ago now!
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What is Thyme used for in cooking?
This popular herb is in used in culinary and cuisines, to perk up and provide a flavourful aroma to many dishes across the world. It is used in many pasta sauces, soups, meat or vegetable dishes and often combinations with other herbs such as rosemary, oregano or sage for added savoury and aromatic properties. Divine!
Fresh and dry herbs are equally used for in depth flavour. You can boil some water in a pot and add in around 5 sprigs of thyme and let it steep in the water for around 10minutes. This is suitable for 1 cup of water. It tastes great and can add in raw honey or a bit of ginger for health benefits.
Dry thyme is great to have on hand, if the fresh kind may not be available, although generally thyme herb is available all year round, especially during the summer months.
Dry thyme can be added to soups or stews towards the end of cooking the dish. Add in a spoon one minute before turning off the stove, so you don’t overcook and lose the flavour.
Thyme leaves without the sticks can be a perfect component added in your salads or sauces for that kick of tantalizing flavour.
Great to add in to any pasta dish, whether it’s tomato, cheese, pesto or carbonara, a handful of fresh leaves or dry thyme can complete the wonderful dish.
Always Consult a healthcare practitioner for personalized ingredient’s advice and for safe doses of herb usage.
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