The ancient Egyptians used it to embalm pharaohs; the ancient Greeks used it as a sacred temple incense. Medieval knights adorned their scarves with it - a talisman for safety and to inspire bravery. What is it? Thyme! And its high time you learned more about it.
Originally from the Mediterranean region of Europe, thyme is a perennial and a member of the mint family. Its a shrub, an herb, and a medicine. So its not only a beautiful addition to any lawn, but it is chock full of flavor, and phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals as well. Orange, silver, and lemon are among the 60 varieties of this amazing herb. The one with which most are familiar is French thyme.
Thyme For Healing
Thyme contains thymol, an essential oil used successfully as an antiseptic in many mouthwashes and hand sanitizers. Its great as an antifungal medication for infected toenails. Lots of acne sufferers swear by it. It has been used to treat pink eye, menstrual cramps, and even belly aches. And before antibiotics became popular, thymol was used to sterilize bandages. Thyme tea is good for coughs, sore throats, and in the treatment of bronchitis.
Fresh thyme is a titan among herbs when it comes to antioxidant content, containing the flavonoid phenolic antioxidants zeaxanthin, lutein, apigenin, naringenin, and luteolin. It also contains healthy doses of potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, calcium, and selenium.
Vitamins A, B, C, E, and K along with folic acid make thyme an excellent choice to improve heart health, stabilize blood pressure, maintain beautiful skin and hair, and to keep all of your vital organs in top condition.
Thyme And Thyme Again
A staple in any bouquet garni, thyme - along with bay leaf, parsley, and celery - is a favorite herb in chicken, fish, and meat dishes, as well as soups and sauces.
Whether fresh or dried, thyme by itself has a robust flavor which is used sparingly but popularly by seasoned chefs who more often than not will add it to a recipe near the finish. That way they fully preserve the herbs aromatic flavor and add extra zing to the dish. Isnt it time you tried a little thyme?