Thyme smells wonderful
If you want a nice scent in your kitchen keep a pot of Thyme around. It is very easy to grow and was known in ancient times as a room purifier.
Thyme is actually a small evergreen shrub that has light purple flowers when in bloom during the Summer. It is a perennial and a member of the mint family. It’s a really easy plant to grow in your garden or in a planter on a sunny porch. You will be able to have fresh Thyme all summer long and even into the Fall. By growing it yourself inside you can harvest it all year long. What you don’t use fresh you can easily dry and keep in a jar to use whenever you want to. If growing Thyme is not for you then you can always buy it in your local grocery store in the produce section.
Thyme in your kitchen, around your house and as medicine for you and your pets.
Thyme is a very good source of vitamins A and C. It also has fiber, magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. Some of its many benefits are it helps to treat bronchitis, sore throats and a cough. It will even help your dogs cough due to a cold or kennel cough. Studies show that it regulates blood pressure, alleviates symptoms of asthma, chronic fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, digestive issues and dizziness. You can get your Thyme profile sheet here.
Disclaimer: as with anything you choose to ingest, if you are pregnant or on medications from your doctor please consult them before using any herbs.
You may know Thyme as a kitchen herb used in cooking. It adds extra flavor to soups and stews. When adding it to a soup or a stew it pairs well with roasted mixed vegetables, chicken, mushrooms and assorted greens. Try mixing Thyme into butter and having an herbal butter. How about thyme, tomato and spinach salad with cranberries. You can also infuse Thyme into vinegars and oils as a way of preserving it. They are so easy to make and you can get pretty bottles to put them in. These vinegars and oils can be used as marinades, salads dressings or for dipping your bread into. You could make these during the Summer months as a wonderful hostess gift or ahead for a Christmas gift.
A little extra fun with Thyme
Now a couple of categories you may not have thought about when using Thyme might be desserts, homemade drinks and cocktails. These are some my favorite categories so you will generally see them incorporated into the blog regularly. Try the recipe for Chocolate Chunk cookies with sea salt and Thyme. Maybe make this cocktail combination of Raspberry and Thyme infused vodka spritzer at your next party.
As helpful as it is as a form of medicine or using it in the kitchen there are even some other uses of Thyme that you might not have known about. You can use Thyme tea as a rinse for your hair as it promotes a clean and healthy scalp. Thyme is a great all natural cleaner to clean any surface in your house. It has natural antimicrobial properties. Cleaning your counters without using chemicals is the way to go. This is a super easy way to start.
Start collecting the plant profile sheets or recipes of the monthly herb and all you can do with them. Download or print out the recipes and keep them together in an herbal binder. Looking for a certain herb will be so easy to find. Once you start working with the different herbs it will be come second nature.
Thyme can also just give you that feeling of wellbeing
Put about 4 sprigs of Thyme into a 2 cup crockpot and cover with water, and then let it heat up. Once heated the herb will send out a scent that helps reduce stress and anxiety. It is also helpful with memory and concentration.