Thyme

Thyme

Thyme is a delicate looking herb that is indigenous to the Mediterranean.

 

The elliptical-shaped leaves are curled and very small. The upper leaf is green-grey in colour on top, with a whitish colour underneath. It has a strong fragrance and a subtle, slightly minty flavour.

Allergen: no

Introduction: 6 months

Selection:

Whenever possible, choose fresh thyme over the dried form of the herb since it has a far better flavour.

 

The leaves of fresh thyme should be a vibrant green-grey in colour. They should be free from dark spots or yellowing.

 

If you buy dried thyme, make sure it has not been irradiated (organic dried herbs will not be irradiated).

Storage:

Store fresh thyme wrapped in damp paper towel in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up 10-14 days.

 

Store dried thyme in a sealed glass container in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.

Preparation/Use:

Soak the thyme in a salt-, vinegar-, or hydrogen peroxide water solution for 20 minutes then rinse under running water.

 

Thyme can be added to purées, soups, stews and scrambled eggs. Its flavour complements vegetable-, chicken- and fish dishes particularly well. It should be added towards the end of cooking so it can retain its taste, colour and nutritional value.

 

As with other herbs, you can make a powerful and very healing medicinal tea from the leaves – place some fresh thyme into boiling water, steep for at least 10 minutes, strain, and sip throughout the day. Honey or lemon can be added.

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Nutritional Value:

Thyme is an EXCELLENT source of: vitamin C.

 

Thyme is a VERY GOOD source of: vitamin A (in the form of pro-vitamin A carotenoid phytonutrients).

 

Thyme is a GOOD source of: iron, manganese, copper, and fibre.


Don’t Just Eat Thyme!

There are many ways (other than your mouth) to get the good stuff in!

 

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and since it is porous, it absorbs whatever you put on it. What you put on your body is just as significant as what you put in your body.

 

(See the “Don’t Just Eat Food” chapter in Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics for ways to use ingredients outside of the kitchen, into the bathroom or beyond.)

Thyme Essential Oil

Another way to benefit from Thyme’s medicinal properties is by using the essential oil.

Thyme essential oil is safe to use on children but should not be used by pregnant women.

It is a useful remedy for colds and flu, croup, ear ache, and thrush.

HOW TO USE:

  • Add to a diffuser (to clear coughs and colds),

  • Mix with a carrier oil and apply to the chest and back (for coughs and colds),

  • Mix with a carrier oil and rub along the jaw line (for ear ache),

  • Add a drop to the bath (for thrush).

 
Essential oils are the highly concentrated active ingredients of plants. They should always be diluted in a base before use and should not be taken internally without professional recommendation.
 
When using essential oils on babies and children, it is always best to dilute 1-2 drops of pure essential oils with 1/2-1 tsp. base oil (coconut oil / almond oil / olive oil).
 
Keep essential oils out of children’s reach. If an oil is ever ingested, give the child an oil-soluble liquid such as milk or cream. Then call your local poison control center or seek emergency medical attention.
Thyme

Thyme has a long history of use in natural medicine in connection with chest and respiratory problems including coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion.

Thyme has antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial and carminative benefits.


Thyme is used in the following recipes in  ‘Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics’.

Kale Chips (pg 206)
Veggie Spread (pg 288)
Mila's-Meals-Chicken-Broth-Recipe
Chicken Bone Broth
(pg 356)
Beef Bone Broth (pg 358)

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