Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a small perennial shrub of the Lamiaceae family native to arid areas of the Mediterranean basin.
Used as aromatics in the diet since the Roman era, this fine herb particularly appreciated in Provençal cuisine is now used in many pharmacological preparations and is full of benefits and virtues for our health.
- Vegetable garden: how to grow thyme well
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Thyme and its health benefits
Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, thyme is a fine herb that contributes to the antioxidants of our diet and helps fight against the development of cardiovascular illnesses, from some cancers and diseases related to aging.
- Antispasmodic and tonic, thyme facilitates digestion and relieves intestinal disturbances such as diarrhea, bloating and flatulence. It is also an excellent vermifuge.
- Thyme activates the functions of detoxification : it promotes sweat and the diuresis, facilitates the elimination of toxins (especially in the case of flu, rheumatism and overeating).
- Thyme has a sedative action effective against cough and relieves manyrespiratory pathologies (flu, whooping cough, bronchitis or pleurisy). It is also used for asthma and the hay fever.
- Thyme and indicated in case of fatigue physical and mental, hestimulates the intellect and give back tone in case of fatigue. In infusion or herbal tea (30 g of plant per liter of boiling water) after meals it will help you overcome drowsiness post-prandial.
- By external route, thyme baths (500 g of thyme boiled in a few liters of water to add to the bath water) are known to relieve arthritis and rheumatic pain.
- In mouthwashes, thyme relieves inflammations of the mouth: cavities, gums fragile, canker sores, etc. It's a toothpaste excellent which strengthens the gums, "disinfects" breath and prevents the formation of cavities.
- Thyme decoction (100 g of thyme per liter of water, which is allowed to reduce by half) is used in hair lotion, to tone the scalp, or in compresses to help healing sores.
Growing thyme for its benefits
Thyme should be planted in full sun, in one dry, limestone and stony soil.
Thyme loves well-drained planters, which contain a mixture of sand and potting soil (half, half). Do not hesitate to associate it with rosemary and thyme.
The thyme is harvested as needed, ideally in the morning for more flavor.
- Vegetable garden: tips for growing thyme properly
Thyme in cooking for its benefits
Thyme is of course the bouquet garni (associated with a few sprigs of parsley and a branch of laurel) which aromatizes manyculinary preparations.
It goes wonderfully with tomatoes and zucchini, pasta, cheese white or goat cheese, soups, poultry and eggs.
Thyme also gives a lot of flavor to grilled or roasted meats in the oven or on the grill.
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