Thyme is a Mediterranean herb with enormous health benefits. Thyme is basically a delicate looking herb from the mint family and has a penetrating fragrance. There are a huge varieties of thymes available. It has been used since ancient times for its culinary, aromatic and medicinal properties. Thyme is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A as well as Iron and Copper.
Benefits of Thyme Leaves
Lowers blood pressure
Extract of Thyme reduces blood pressure significantly. Thyme is also found to lower cholesterol level. Replace salt with thyme in your meals and this can protect you from ill effects of high blood pressure.
Improves skin health
Thyme’s antibacterial and antifungal properties helps in protecting the skin from related infections. Thyme oil can relieve burns and acts as a natural remedy for rashes.
Boost immunity and treats inflammation
Thyme is a rich source of vitamins A and C, which helps in boosting immunity. Thyme also supports in formation of white blood cells. It helps in accelerating the healing process for wounds. It is also said to help in the digestion of fatty foods.
Enhances oral health
Thyme oil can relieve infections of the cavity. It also acts as an effective antiseptic in treatment against oral pathogens. Thyme oil is also helpful in fighting plaque, bad breath and tooth decay.
Thyme for Good Food
Due to its fragrance and aromatic flavor, Thyme is considered a wonderful ingredient when it comes to preparing some of the finest cuisines. It is a popular seasoning for several dishes, and is a great complement for many vegetables, including tomatoes and roasted potatoes.
How to Make Thyme Leaves Tea at home
Thyme leaves – Freshly plucked from your herbal garden or dried leaves
One jar or 3-4 cups of boiling water
Brewing Thyme Tea
Add fresh or dried thyme leaves to the pot containing boiling water. Make sure you have turned off the gas/heating. Cover the pot and allow the tea to steep for about five minutes. Then strain the leaves and pour the tea into cups. Serve hot, sweeten with little honey, if needed. Best enjoyed without adding milk or sugar.
How to Grow Thyme Plant at Home
Thyme is adaptable to a variety of soils, and needs a growing area with plenty of sunlight. Plant some thyme stems 8-12 inches apart to allow spreading. Roots will start to form along the stem within about a month. Soil should be kept moist and not wet. Avoid overwatering the plant.