Thyme is an aromatic evergreen herb, with many traditional and culinary uses. The most common variety is Thymus vulgaris. It is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae), and a relative of oregano. Thyme is commonly grown all over the world but originated in the Mediterranean. This organic dried thyme has a herbaceous, savoury flavour and a pungent aroma.
How to use Thyme is a traditional ingredient in many cuisines and can be used in a bouquet sachet. Add thyme to use in soups, stews and sauces. Thyme is also a beautiful accompaniment for baked fish or fried chicken. It imparts a delicious taste to roasted pumpkin, carrots and potatoes. Mix thyme with a little parmesan cheese and crushed garlic, before tossing through cooked potatoes or sprinkling over focaccia.
Dried thyme can also be steeped in boiled water to make a traditional herbal beverage. Take thyme internally to relieve chest infections, dry coughs, whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma and laryngitis. It is also useful for the treatment of indigestion, gastritis and diarrhoea.
Externally, thyme is used for fungal infections, infected skin conditions, for thrush of the mouth it can be used as a mouthwash and as a douche for vaginal thrush. Gargle with thyme tea for tonsillitis.
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