The Power of thyme
Not many people are aware of the health potential this tasty herb has.
In western countries, thyme is mostly used in dishes like soups, stews, casseroles and sautéed vegetables. Still a lot of you will not know its taste, not to mention do not have it at home.
However, you should change that and I will explain you why.
Which thyme should you choose?
There are many different kinds of thyme, about 37, though you can probably find only three kinds of it in your local store. The thyme I am talking about is the common thyme, also called French thyme.
What does it do?
Common thyme is rich in iron, magnesia and vitamin k and it contains an essential oil that is rich in thymol, which is a powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and a strong antioxidant. This means it is useful to fight different types of bacteria’s and fungi, which is why it is often found in cough syrup and antiseptic ointments.
It is not recommended during pregnancy as thyme can act as a uterine stimulant.
How can I use it at home?
Thyme can be prepared in many different ways.
I f you want to add it to any dish, add it at the end of the cooking process so the flavour will not be destroyed by the heat.
Thyme fits very well to pasta sauces, Omelettes, Fish and soups.
You can use fresh thyme or dried and crushed thyme for these foods.
In Arabic, country’s people eat thyme with bread. They simply mix grounded thyme with sesame, a little salt and olive oil and than dip bread in it. This is a very healthy and tasty way to eat thyme. If this is too strong for your taste you can add some cream cheese and use it as a spread on your sandwich, you will be surprised how tasty this can be.
If you have a cough, you can simply make a thyme tea. Just add 1 teaspoon of crushed thyme into ½ cup of boiling water and let it sit for 10 min, than strain and drink.
You should drink it 2- 4 times a day to treat your cough.
If you can´t drink it like that and want to use sugar, don´t!
Use honey instead, as honey will also help against the cough.
Where can I get Thyme?
Your local supermarket should sell dried common/French thyme.
If you cant find it there you can always order it online (for example from amazone.com ). Online you can find all different kinds of thyme and also the seeds to grow thyme at home.
Recipe: Thyme bread spread
3 Tablespoons dry and crushed thyme (common thyme)
3 Tablespoons Cream Cheese
1-Tablespoon olive oil
Pinch of salt
Optional: 1-Teaspoon sesame seed
How to make it:
Mix the Thyme with the Salt and Sesame.
Add the Olive oil and Cream Cheese and mix it with a spoon.
Spread it on your bread without anything else.