Wednesday, 17 March 2010

What Thyme Can Do For You - Health Benefits

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a persistent herb that is indigenous to the Mediterranean. In the Deep South, thyme is very prone to insect infestation and plant diseases. This makes the southern gardeners to cultivate their thyme indoors in pots so that they can dutifully monitor and control the thyme’s growth and development. Many types of thyme get taller to merely six to twelve inches tall, and they can also make up for an eye-catching cover for the perennial shrub border. In summer, its pastel pink flowers blossom at the end of the stems with dark gray-green coloured leaves.
Anyone who is interested in growing thyme can start with a few thyme seeds and then go on to the seed other varieties after some time. Thyme is best grown in summer and spring and it usually thrive better in dry, sandy soil with lots of sun exposure. If the in which you will plant the thyme in is acidic, it will be best to add some lime. On the other hand, if you the condition of where you live in have a cold weather, then save the plants from harm in winter through mulching heavily. When the plants are already growing steadily, the only care that it will need is the customary clipping of the plants and the elimination of dead flowers and trimming to take out old wood.
Thyme leaves can be picked up for immediate use the whole summer, but the taste and aroma is most excellent just prior to the flowering time. To dry up, just chop the stems when the flowers are just about to start from opening and then hang in small clusters. Reap very carefully the first year.
Uses of Thyme include:
1. Gastronomic uses
Thyme has a lemony or concentrated flavour. And the taste is more robust when use just before flowering.
· It is usually added to cottage cheese and in herb butters.
· As marinade for fish and chicken, get tarragon and fresh twigs of thyme and mix with olive oil and red-wine vinegar.
· It enhances the taste of poultry, meat, and fish dishes.
2. Medicinal Uses
It is generally safe to use thyme as a seasoning when pregnant, however a strong doses is not recommended since it may cause intestinal problems.
For use as an aid to digestion, treatment for intestinal parasites and cough remedy.
A blend of thyme is usually advised for coughs, as well as those consequential from emphysema, bronchitis and whooping cough.
Thyme is also added in herbal teas preparations for flu and colds.
Stronger tea is very effective as a mouth rinse or mouthwash in order to cure sore gums.
Finally, thyme has can treat athlete's foot because of its anti-fungal properties.
Add two teaspoons of dried thyme herb per cup of hot water and then let steep for about ten minutes to make a tea. If you have a persistent cough just add sage to the tea.
If after taking a dosage of thyme and you begun to experience bloating or diarrhoea, try to use lesser amount of thyme or better yet, stop its usage.

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