Monday, March 21, 2011

365 ~ 79 ~ Herbs in Macro IV

Thyme



Thyme is a good source of iron and is widely used in cooking in French,Italian, Greek and many other types of foods.  It is great to use in meats, soups, and omlets. It is a common ingredient of the bouquet garni, and of herbes de Provence.


Interesting Note:  The essential oil of common thyme 20-54% thymol, an antiseptic, and the main active ingredient in Listerine mouthwash.  Before modern antibiotics were invented, it was used to medicate bandages.  It is also effective against toenail fungus, and is the active ingredient in all-natural, alcohol-free hand sanitizers.


A tea made by steeping Thyme in water can be used for cough and bronchitis.  It cna be used treat respiratory infections in the form of a tincture, tisane, salve, syrup or by steam inhalation.


I use Thyme in my hubby's favorite dish... Chicken n' Dumplin's.  I'm quite certain that this flavorful herb is what make this dish so amazingly delicious! :)

5 comments:

  1. Enjoying the herb info! And wow...that last thyme picture! ...who knew a herb could be so pretty?

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  2. Love the second shot, very interesting information.

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