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Healthy Tip – Thyme

Thyme
Thymus vulgaris

Common names:

Black Thyme
Common Thyme
English Thyme
French Thyme
Garden Thyme
German Thyme
Serpyllum
Thyme
Tomillo
Winter Thyme

If your like me, Thyme is always in your spice cupboard. I tend to grow and dehydrate the plant as well, partially for the usefulness and partially because it smells nice.

The plant grows as a perennial and is more suited to a hot and sunny environment. It’s definitely an excellent source of vitamin K, iron and manganese. Thyme can effectively assist in ridding the body of different toxic elements causing health conditions such as respiratory, digestive and acne problems.

Another easy to use Thyme other than just in cooking is topically. When thyme is applied topically on the skin, it helps to alleviate pain and irritation owing to insect bites and stings. Topical application of the herb is also effective in relieving conditions, such as rheumatic pains and throbbing as well as sciatica (a painful disorder extending from the hip down the back of the thigh and surrounding area). The herb is also useful in treating fungal infections and scabies as well as lice. It is often prescribed for people having athlete’s foot, ringworm and thrush (a disease caused by parasitic fungus). When the infusion prepared with thyme leaves is blended with bath water, it functions as refreshment.

Thyme is widely used to add spice to seafood dishes like mussels and clams, tomato sauces as well as vegetables like onions, potatoes, carrots, peppers, eggplant and zucchini. Garden thyme and clam and fish chowders go well together. The aromatic herb also blends perfectly with onion, garlic, wine and brandy to add essence to different types of meats, inclusive of roasts and sausages, wild game, and even poultry. The herb is more effective when used in preparation of dishes that require prolonged and leisurely cookery. The flavor of garden salads increase manifold if you add fresh thyme leaves and flowers to it. Fresh or dried leaves of this aromatic herb may also be added to butter and cooking oil to enhance essence.

You may prepare a cup of stimulating herbal tea by permeating about 15 ml or three teaspoonful mashed fresh thyme leaves in 250 ml or one cup of boiling water. Cover the container soon after adding the thyme leaves and allow it to soak for around 10 minutes before filtering the tea. Add honey to make the infusion sweet as well as enjoyable.

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