Just a little history about Thyme:
Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it was a source of courage. The spread of thyme throughout Europe was thought to be due to the Romans, as they used it to purify their rooms and to “give an aromatic flavor to cheese and liqueurs”. Thyme was also used as incense and placed on coffins during funerals, as it was supposed to assure passage into the next life.
Thyme is Used for Cooking:
Thyme, has been used to marinate chicken, fish and meat recipes, can be used in stuffing, and makes a delicious addition to mustard-based dressings. Thyme adds a special intense flavor to the many recipes, but should be used sparingly and at the last minute, so that you get the full value of the of the fragrance and flavor. Prolonged cooking results in evaporation of its essential oils.
Where & How Does Thyme Grow:
The thyme plant is perennial shrub with thin woody base and square stems. It reaches about 15 to 30 cm in length, featuring very small, light green colored, and as wonderful aromatic leaves. It is not only a herbal food but it is also a very attractive plant in your garden with its small, fragrant rich, lilac or white colored flowers that appear in the summer.
Thyme originally is native to southern Europe and Mediterranean regions and is one of the most popular culinary herb plants.
Thyme is best cultivated in a hot, sunny location with well-drained soil. It is generally planted in the spring, and thereafter grows as a perennial. It tolerates drought well. The plants can take deep freezes and are found growing wild on mountain highlands.
More Useful Information:
Both fresh and dried forms of thyme herb are available in the stores. Try to buy fresh thyme when possible since it is superior in nutrients and rich in flavor. To make sure it is fresh, look to make sure the leaves are light green and do not have any dark spots or yellowing.
When storing fresh thyme it should kept in the refrigerator wrapped in a slightly damp paper towel. Dried thyme can be kept in a tightly sealed glass container and stored in a cool, dark, and dry place where it will keep fresh for up to six months.
It has a many beneficial health benefits and is packed with numerous healthy phyto-nutrients that is essential for your well-being.
The Health and Medicinal Benefits of Thyme:
1. Thyme shows a great antioxidant power and helps fight bacterial infections. Thyme contains many active principles that are found to have disease preventing and health promoting properties and Thyme essential oils have antiseptic and anti-fugal characterizes.
2. Thyme can be used as an herbal tea or health drink. Is known to relieve coughs, sore throats and bronchitis by gargling with tepid thyme water or drinking a few sips of thyme tea.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center it can help treat bronchitis and coughs. The German Commission E, which evaluates safety and efficacy of herbal preparations in Germany has approved thyme to be used for these ailments.
3. Thyme has been used to treat caries and gingivitis with a anti-septic based formulation. It can be used for bad breath and for body odor.
4. According to “Aromatherapy for Professionals,” by herbalists Shirley and Len Price, the volatile oils in thyme give it carminative –or gas-reducing– properties, while its phenols allow it to work as an antispasmodic, helping to relieve intestinal cramping.
Some other health benefits of Thyme Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti spasmodic, anti rheumatic, anti septic, bactericidal, cardiac, diuretic, expectorant, and hypertensive abilities.
5. Thyme is packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Its leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme a super-oxide. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
6. Thyme is also a rich source of many important vitamins such as B-complex vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin A (which is essential for good vision), vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B-6 which helps keep up the levels of GABA (beneficial neurotransmitter in the brain) that helps to control stress, anxiety, and depression.
7. Thyme is great for treating PMS symptoms and menstrual cramps for women. Drink it a cup of thyme herbal tea to relieve those miserable symptoms when your are suffering from the pain and discomfort so you can get back to living your life.
8. Thyme is effective against digestive problems such as diarrhea and abdominal cramps. Drink a cup of herbal thyme tea and relieve is on its way.
I think you can see that this herb Thyme could definitely be a attribute to your health. There are so many natural herbal remedies that Mother Nature has provided us to heal and stay healthy, we just need to utilize them. In my opinion I would rather use an herbal remedy than a toxic chemical drug. God gave us the resources to live a healthy life –it is our choice–please make the right one for your life.
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