This week I am highlighting Thyme.
I use this herb all the time in my cooking. I love the flavor! There are over 300 varieties of thyme, but for cooking, lemon thyme is the main variety used. It has a subtle green flavor with a slight warm tanginess that greatly enhances the taste of most any dish.
The health benefits of this hearty herb come from the most abundant element, which is thymol. This is a strong antibiotic and is also an antioxidant and antiseptic, making it excellent for fighting off infection. Before thymol was known, people used to put crushed thyme in bandages to help ward off infection.
Way back in the day, Hippocrates, “the father of western medicine”, writes about its uses for respiratory illnesses and since then it has long been used for issues such as bronchitis, respiratory tract inflammation, and whooping cough.
As a relative to the mint family, thyme is also very helpful for digestive issues. It can stimulate the appetite while boosting liver function, making your digestive system run smoother.
Thyme is often used in mouthwashes, to treat bad breath, and to relieve sore throats. It’s all around good for the mouth and throat!
Utilizing the essential oil of thyme can increase some of the benefits. Although, simply cooking with the herb more often is also beneficial to your body.
How do you use Thyme?
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