What comes to mind when you hear the word Thyme? Green seasoning, dry seasoning, garlic pork, pepper pot, fish broth... food that taste good and smell heavenly. Every time we read or hear about thyme we learn something new.
The focus today is not on the culinary but on the medicinal uses of the herb known as 'Thymus Vulgaris'.
Here we lean heavily on the publication Thymus Vulgaris, Traditional Uses and Pharmacological Properties, by Prasanth Reddy, Ravi Vital Kandisa, Varsha PV and Satyam S Published August 26, 2014. They describe the medical uses of thyme as "antiseptic, antimicrobial, medication, astringent, anthelmintic, medicinal drug, carminative, disinfectant, medicinal drug and tonic". Thyme, they go on to say, is "incredibly useful in cases of assorted intestinal infections and infestations, like hookworms, ascarids, gram-positive and gram-negative bacterium, fungi and yeasts as well as Candida albicans."
Thyme may also improve liver function and act as an appetite stimulant. Gargling with Thyme is helpful in the treatment of laryngitis.
In the skincare realm thyme is great for oily skin, sciatica, acne, dermatitis, and bug bites and stings.
This evergreen member of the mint family is sustainably grown at the Rs Farm and we're expanding our use of it beyond the kitchen.