Scientific Name: Thymus vulgaris
Thyme is always on your side, because this warm and slightly peppery herb from the mint family is as delicious as it is nutritious. Along with its many uses in the kitchen, Thyme also offers an array of health benefits. A rich source of Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium and Selenium, this mighty spice also offers one of the highest levels of antioxidants amongst herbs on the market. These properties give it the potential to boost your immune system; lower blood pressure; alleviate coughs; and elevate your mood. Studies have shown it may even be used to reduce mold and repel mosquitos when used around the house!
Perhaps its greatest benefit though, is its delicious taste. Create a wondrous alternative to traditional pesto; blend it into your favorite spice mix to top poultry or toss it into some homemade pasta for a burst of flavor in every bite. The right time to enjoy this great spice is—of course—any time.
Thyme contains a compound known as, carvacrol, which has been shown to have positive mood-boosting effects. Able to raise both serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain, it can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, while promoting more restful sleep and feelings of calm and well-being.
A beneficial partner in oral and respiratory health, Thyme is able to assist with a wide array of ailments and other issues within these systems. One of the strongest antimicrobials in nature, it treats certain viral infections and helps to minimize the conditions that often lead to bronchitis, sore throat, and other conditions of the nose, throat, and lungs.
Containing natural compounds that help to relieve hypertension, Thyme can help reduce blood pressure levels, as well as LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. An excellent source of fiber, iron, copper, and manganese, it also holds anti-inflammatory capabilities that relieve stress and inflammation, allowing for proper blood flow throughout the body.
Packed with a number of essential nutrients, including vitamins C and A, Thyme is also an anti-fungal, antiseptic, and disinfectant. This makes it a beneficial addition to homemade cleaning products, bug repellants, and surface sprays. It’s even a common ingredient in mouthwash, potpourri, and deodorants as well.
Currently, there is no recommended dosage for Thyme. However, it’s easy to enjoy its many benefits as it can be added to any number of savory dishes.
- A favorite spice of the winter holiday season, Thyme compliments a variety of flavors—from spices like Basil and Oregano to poultry, fish, and root vegetables.
- We suggest infusing it into oil and sautéing a few slices of turkey for an herbaceous and mighty delicious dish.
One of the most widely utilized herbs for centuries, Thyme has been a staple of many cultures and civilizations throughout the history of time. In Egypt, it was an important part of the mummification process, as well as a pain reliever and cure-all. In Roman times, it was often consumed before a meal—particularly by government officials and wealthy citizens—as it was believed to prevent the absorption of poison. From bandaging wounds to treating the plague, Thyme has certainly led a full and interesting life. Today, it’s still as popular as ever, both as a traditional remedy and as an ingredient in Thanksgiving feasts, Italian cuisine, and any number of savory sauces.
If stored correctly, our Thyme has a shelf life of up to 2 years. To maintain its freshness, it is recommended to always reseal the bag after opening it and removing as much air from the bag as possible. Store in room temperature, away from any heat source or sunlight.