Thyme has been used for centuries by many cultures. The Ancient Egyptians would use Thyme in their embalming rituals, other cultures including Greek and Roman would burn thyme for its aromatic perfume. One of its first recognised uses as flavouring was in cheese.

Thyme is a common herb used extensively in flavouring food. In popular modern day kitchens it is used as a base herb for many mixed aromas. Thyme tends to release its flavours slowly so is best added to cooking in the early stages. Adding late or last minute may give you a milder palate.

Thyme is best when used fresh but is commonly available dried and in pastes. Many herbs tend to lose their flavour when dried, thyme is one of the exceptions. It can be used in Soups and stews as well as on roast meats. Thyme is a beneficial flavour with tomatoes and eggs.

Thyme is botanically recognised as Thymus vulgaris from the Lamiaceae family. A native to southern parts of Europe, thyme has become a popular herb around the world.

Thyme can be used as “sprigs” or the leaves can be scrapped from the thin stem and used whole or chopped to release extra flavour.

Nutritionally, Thyme is high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Consistency is also seen with Iron, Potassium, Zinc, Manganese and Phosphorous.

In addition to the excellent flavour it adds to cooking, thyme is also beneficial for several medicinal uses.

- Thyme is believed to be beneficial to chest and breathing problems. It can help to ease the symptoms of coughs from colds or flu.

- Thyme is a good Antioxidant, being high in Vitamin A and especially Vitamin C.

- Thyme has antibacterial properties and anti-fungal properties. It is thought to be beneficial to fungal skin infections.

- Thyme can help to treat some mouth disorders and can be found in many Natural mouth washes.

- Thyme may have benefits for digestion and bowel problems associated with poor digestion.

- Traditional uses of thyme in Ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece may have included the treatment nervousness and as a treatment for depression.

- Thyme may assist in the relieving of pain associated with Swollen joints and arthritic conditions

Herbs can have many benefits and can aid in the prevention or healing of many complaints. Every individual is different. Some herbs can be toxic when used at certain levels. Any treatments or symptoms mentioned have been included based on thorough research and should not be considered a cure or prevention of any type of condition. Always seek advice from your family Doctor before relying on any natural medical remedy.

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