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Time for Thyme

June 25, 2014 , , ,

secret garden

secret garden

lemon thyme

lemon thyme

lemon thyme

lemon thyme

lemon thyme

lemon thyme

My garden is full of lemon thyme, a culinary herb I love to use for seasoning food and drinks. It is potent as a flavoring agent, and has medicinal qualities as well. It is one of the earliest recorded plants used in Western medicine. It can be helpful in treating respiratory problems, digestive disorders, and infections.  It strengthens the immune system and can ease headaches and insomnia.  Those with high blood pressure need to take caution when using it because thymol, the active ingredient, can prove to be too stimulating for those individuals. Lemon thyme generally contains less thymol and more linalol than red thyme, which may cause less irritation and sensitivity.  To take thyme as a remedy you can brew an infusion and drink it three times a day, or make a tincture by soaking the herb in alcohol to extract the active agents and take a few drops of the tincture three times a day.  Commercially thyme is used in mouthwashes, toothpastes, and cough lozenges.  It is used to flavor foods and drinks as well as in the fragrance industry.

This herb was highly praised in ancient Greece and Rome.  The magical significance of the plant is to strengthen the will and promote confidence.  Egyptians used it in mummification, and it was used in funeral rites in other parts of the world.  The ancient belief that the dead take up residence in the flowers of the thyme plant gives some extra meaning to the psychic dimension.  Making a bath sachet to use as both a confidence builder and an anti bacterial boost is a pleasant and effective way to use thyme externally.  Skin absorbs the active ingredients quickly during a bath, allowing a low dose to create the maximum healing.  Wrap dried herbs in a cloth and brew the tea in your bath for 10 minutes or so before bathing to enjoy the benefits of this method.  You keep the sachet in the tub with you so you can scrub with it and enjoy smelling it while you soak. Since I like to include the medicinal ingredients in cocktails here are some ideas:

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Lemon Thyme sounds awesome.. Would make a great infused simple syrup that could make ice cream, cocktails and also cakes or cookies


Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

June 27, 2014

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