Thyme is a favorite herb of many cooks and gardeners. Although well known for its culinary uses, Thyme is much more than just a nice addition to soups and meat dishes. Let’s learn more about this compact, little perennial.
There are over 350 different Thyme species in the world. It originally comes from the Mediterranean, is a member of the mint family and a relative of Oregano. The Greeks added Thyme to their incense preparations. They often placed it on coffins at funerals, believing it to be a support to help the dead move into their next lives. The Romans used Thyme for melancholy, to purify rooms and as an ingredient in beer and many cheeses. During the medieval period in Europe, Thyme was also placed under pillows to support good sleep and ward off nightmares.
Thyme is also good medicine. It’s a wonderful tonic remedy for the respiratory system. It counters infections and is useful for a wide variety of problems affecting the ears, nose, throat and chest. Thyme soothes coughs, disinfects the air passages and helps to clear phlegm. Thyme is also beneficial to the digestive system, calming gas and relieving indigestion. Thyme essential oil is used for elevating mood and as a pain reliever. And overall, Thyme can be added to formulas for addressing arthritis and rheumatism.
As you can see, Thyme is quite the powerhouse. It’s no mistake that it has become such a common food seasoning.
Photo from Morguefile – some rights reserved