This herb may be tiny but,
with an antioxidant action in
the top ten of all herbs, it
packs a huge health punch.
The evergreen leaves of thyme have a powerful, aromatic flavor and strong antioxidant action because of the volatile oils and plant compounds they contain. The most important of these is thymol oil. Research on this oil has found it can boost the effects of healthy omega-3 fats on the body, for example, the omega-3 DHA found in fish oils, which has been shown to be important for healthy brain function. The oils in thyme are strongly antibacterial and can protect us against food poisoning bugs such as E.coli, bacillus, and staphylococcus. Lastly they are rich in flavonoids, which protect us against the diseases of aging, and they are a good source of vitamin C and iron.
- Boosts omega-3 fats’ actions in the body.
- May boost brain power.
- Strongly antiseptic and antibiotic.
- Rich in flavonoid antioxidants, vitamin C, and iron.
Fresh stalks can be tied with bay leaves and parsley to make a simple bouquet garni for fish soups and stews. Add chopped fresh thyme leaves, mint, and parsley to an omelet for wonderful flavor and aroma. Stuff a roasting chicken with plenty of thyme or lemon thyme. If necessary, the easiest way to remove leaves from stalks is with a fork.
DID YOU KNOW?
Thyme oil has been used since the Middle Ages for its antiseptic properties, and is often recommended by herbalists today as a treatment for bronchitis or a mouthwash.