I've been thinking of ways to get help to people and one of the easiest and definitely most accessible way in my mind is to teach you some herbs you can make use of everyday. The other day I sent you an email about Yard Tea and today I'd like to focus on an herb you probably have in your spice rack and if not it's readily available at most grocery stores.
Thyme is one little leaf but it packs a whallop for your health. It’s anti viral, anti bacterial, anti-fungal and Anti- aging. It works to help with Alcohol abuse, blood clots, bronchitis, colds, coughs, cold sores, bruises, Flu, cancer, heart attack, stroke, tooth decay and ulcers caused by bacteria.
With one of the highest antioxidant concentrations in any herb, thyme has been praised for thousands of years as an overall health booster. The phenolic antioxidants found in thyme, including lutein, zeaxanthin, and thymonin contribute to neutralizing and eliminating free radicals throughout the body. Free radicals are the dangerous by-products of cellular metabolism that can do major damage to your healthy cells by causing apoptosis or spontaneous mutation. These antioxidants help prevent oxidative stress present in your organs, as well as your neural pathways, heart, eyes, and skin.
Thyme acts as an expectorant and an anti-inflammatory substance. It eliminates phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tracts, eases inflammation to help breathe, and prevents microbial development that can lead to illness
One of the vitamins in thyme (B6) has a powerful effect on certain neurotransmitters in the brain that are directly linked to stress hormones. When we are ill, the last thing we need is to add more stress to the situation since stress hormone imbalance is linked to longer and tougher illnesses to fight.
It’s a great source to cure MRSA and even herpes 1.
DO not let this herb in your spice rack go to waste!!
Thyme is great as a tea, as a spice and as a tincture. I use it in several formulas and tea blends.
As a tea, it blends well with black tea, green tea, peppermint, spearmint, orange, cinnamon, cardamom, Rosemary, ginger. Mix any of these together or drink thyme straight. I like 1/2 tbsp to 8 oz of boiling water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten or not.
In cooking it blends with just about anything, from sweet to savory. When in doubt add a little thyme. No seriously it goes with chocolate, meat, tofu, potatoes sweet or white, I really like it with fruit like apples or berries. Play with it. We put it in rice, soups, eggs, the sky is the limit and it blends really well with almost any other cooking herb. Seriously thyme plays well with others so you can start with adding just a little to everyday dishes to give you a boost in flavor and healing mojo.