Did you know…?
Thyme is indispensable in the kitchen, but it is also indispensable in your herbal closet as a powerful antiseptic (it is an ingredient in Listerine) and herbal expectorant that has been used for thousands of years to loosen phlegm in deep-seated chest infections and to ease bronchitis and asthma. It also supports the gastrointestinal system, especially helping to rid the body of flatulence, as well as easing indigestion, gastritis, stomach cramps and providing gas pain relief. Moreover, considered a nervous system tonic, Thyme is said to induce sleep, dispel nightmares, calm the nervous system, and lift the spirits during depression and increase energy.
Thyme is a small, shrubby evergreen that is native to the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe and widely cultivated in the warm, sunny fields of Europe and North America, where it also grows wild in some places. There are many varieties of Thyme, and the cultivated, garden plant is most commonly used in herbal medicine. The woody, downy stems of this hardy perennial are stiff and bear gray-green leaves with blue-lavender-pink to whitish flower clusters that bloom from April to July. The highly aromatic plant, which may reach a height of fifteen inches, has a strong, spicy taste and odor and has been esteemed as an important medicinal herb for thousands of years.
What are the health benefits of Thyme?
Thyme is considered an excellent expectorant and antitussive that has been used since ancient times as an herbal cough suppressant and to relieve chest congestion and treat upper respiratory tract infections and lung disorders. The herb is said to be ideal for deep-seated chest infections that are marked by thick, yellow phlegm and will help loosen and expel mucous congestion from the lungs and head. Thyme’s thymol content is the active principle that acts not only as an expectorant, but also acts as a germicidal that simultaneously treats infections of the upper respiratory passages. It has been used effectively for sore throats, coughs, croup, whooping cough, acute bronchitis, laryngitis and asthma.
The bitter principle in Thyme acts as a digestive aid that supports the gastrointestinal system. It is said to relax the smooth muscle of the stomach, relieving all kinds of stomach upsets (with particular influence on flatulence by calming the stomach and releasing entrapped gas). Thyme is also used to alleviate chronic gastritis, lack of appetite, enteritis, dyspepsia, griping (the sharp pains and grumbling usually associated with trapped gas or diarrhea), indigestion, Irritable Bowel and colic.
Thyme is considered a reliable antispasmodic that has been used to ease convulsions, stomach cramps, menstrual cramps and spasm-induced coughing and diarrhea. Although once used in cases of epilepsy, that application is no longer recommended.
As a “nervine” with sedative properties, Thyme is believed to be a good tonic that stimulates and tones up the nervous system, alleviating such nervous disorders as neurasthenia (a functional neurosis marked by intense nervous irritability and weakness), symptoms of depression, nightmares, nervous exhaustion, insomnia and melancholy.
Thyme contains the very active thymol, which is a powerful antiseptic, antiviral and natural antifungal agent (it is said to equal carbolic in strength and efficacy), and it is very helpful in treating yeast infections, Candidiasis and athlete’s foot. The astringent tannins in the herb cause proteins in the skin tissue to cross-link, forming a barrier to infection. It’s potent germicidal properties clean tissue and may be best known commercially as an ingredient in Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash. Used externally, Thyme may be helpful for tumors, dental decay, plaque, thrush, tonsillitis, halitosis, deep wounds, and bruises and as an ingredient in relaxing baths that alleviate nervous exhaustion. It is said to be effective for destroying skin parasites, such as scabies, crabs and lice. Used internally, Thyme’s antimicrobial properties work to destroy and expel parasites in the gastrointestinal tract, and it is said to destroy hookworms, roundworms threadworms and other intestinal parasites.
Why I Love Litehouse Freeze-Dried Thyme
- No refrigeration required
- You can use them like fresh herbs
- No preservatives
- No Additives
What the reviewer thought
No kitchen should be without the heady, aromatic flavor of thyme. Thyme makes a world of difference to food’s flavor and to put LITEHOUSE FREEZE-DRIED THYME HERBS to the test I made thyme potato wedges for my family using their herbs.
- 1 large potato, cut into wedges
- 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves only
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- For the wedges, bring a pot of salted water to the boil.
- Carefully drop the wedges into the pan and boil for 4 minutes, then drain well.
- Put the potato wedges on a baking tray with the garlic.
- Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and the thyme and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until golden-brown and tender.
It was easy to make and they came out great. The Litehouse Thyme herbs tasted like they were just picked from the ground.
As an author of the book, “The Complete Herbal Guide: A Natural Approach to Healing the Body – Heal Your Body Naturally and Maintain Optimal Health Using Alternative Medicine, Herbals, Vitamins, Fruits and Vegetables, I found LITEHOUSE FREEZE-DRIED THYME HERBS to be very delicious low calorie side dish.”
It came quickly, packaged well and when I tried it, I was impressed on how delicious the herbs made my meals. I was impressed with the product. I recommend it to others. I will continue to buy LITEHOUSE FREEZE-DRIED THYME HERBS.
~ Reviewed by Stacey Chillemi
The Complete Herbal Guide Team
How useful was this post?
Click on a star to rate it!
We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!
Let us improve this post!
Thanks for your feedback!