Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a small perennial shrub of the Lamiaceae family, native to the arid areas of the Mediterranean basin.
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Used as an herb in food since Roman times, this fine herb, particularly appreciated in Provencal cuisine, is used today in many pharmacological preparations and is full of benefits and virtues for our health.
Thyme and its health benefits
Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, thyme is a fine herb that contributes to the antioxidant content of our diet and helps fight the development of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and age-related diseases.
Antispasmodic and tonic, thyme facilitates digestion and relieves intestinal disorders such as diarrhea, bloating and flatulence. It is also an excellent vermifuge.
Thyme activates the detoxification functions: it promotes sweating and diuresis, facilitates the elimination of toxins (in case of flu, rheumatism and overeating in particular).
Thyme has an effective sedative action against coughs and relieves many respiratory diseases (flu, whooping cough, bronchitis or pleurisy).
It is also used for asthma and hay fever.
Thyme is indicated in cases of physical and mental fatigue, it stimulates the intellect and restores energy in case of fatigue. In infusion or herbal tea (30 g of plant per liter of boiling water) after meals will help you overcome postprandial sleepiness.
Externally, thyme baths (500 g of boiled thyme in a few liters of water to be added to the bath water) are known to relieve arthritic and rheumatic pains.
In mouthwashes, thyme relieves inflammation of the mouth: cavities, fragile gums, mouth ulcers, etc. It is an excellent toothpaste that strengthens the gums, “disinfects” the breath and prevents the formation of cavities.
Thyme decoction (100 g of thyme per liter of water that is allowed to halve) is used as a hair lotion, to tone the scalp, or in compresses to help the healing of wounds.
Growing thyme for its benefits
Thyme should be planted in full sun, in a dry, calcareous and stony soil.
Thymes love well-drained pots, which contain a mixture of sand and topsoil (half, half). Don’t hesitate to combine it with rosemary and snake.
Thymes are harvested as required, ideally in the morning for more flavor.
Thyme in the kitchen for its benefits
Of course, it forms the bouquet garni (associated with a few sprigs of parsley and a branch of laurel) that gives flavor to many culinary preparations.
It combines beautifully with tomatoes and zucchini, pasta, cottage cheese or goat cheese, soups, poultry and eggs.
It also gives a lot of flavor to grilled or baked meats.
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