Health benefits and medicinal uses: Thyme contains many active principles that have disease preventing and health promoting properties. It contains thymol,one of the important essential oils,which has been found to have antiseptic and antifungal characteristics. Fresh thyme has one of the highest anti-oxidant levels among herbs. It’s pecked with minerals and vitamins. Thyme leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium,iron,calcium,manganese,magnesium and selenium as well as vitamins such as vitamin A,B complex,beta carotene,vitamin C,E,K and folic acid.
Throat gargling with luke warm thyme water or drinking a few sips of thyme tea may help relieve coughs,sore throat and bronchitis symptoms. It can also be used as an antiseptic mouthwash,in the treatment of caries and gingivitis.
Tip: Make a herbal tea by adding a teaspoon full of thyme in a cup of boiled water,cover for ten minutes and drain. Drink once or twice a day. It helps digest foods rich in fat.
Precautions: Avoid during pregnancy.
Culinary uses: Thyme adds intensity to the recipes. In order to keep the aroma and flavor intact ,the herb should be added almost at the last moment because prolonged cooking results in the evaporation of its essential oils. Thyme scents olive oil, vinegar,olives,salads and pickles. Ideal to marinate poultry,meat and fish. His added to stuffings,tomato-based sauces and combines well with rabbit.