|my herb garden before it got overgrown|
How to grow Rosemary and Thyme
|my overgrown thyme plant|
Thyme contains a chemical called thymol, which is known to have strong antimicrobial properties. Thyme can be used as part of a wound dressing, and in teas and tinctures to treat coughs and colds. Thyme essential oil can be used to make mild antiseptics to be used around the house. Thyme is also used for digestion and to expel intestinal worms!
Both herbs have warnings for pregnancy - a small amount in cooking is ok, but excessive use of the essential oils should be avoided. Thyme essential oil is not suitable for young children either (although the herb should be ok), please do your research before using it.
Apart from using the essential oils, the easiest way to benefit from rosemary and thyme is to include them in herbal teas (infusions). If you've been following this series, you will notice that nearly every herb can be used as a tea or infusion, but you may not drink teas frequently enough to get a chance to use all the herbs that could be beneficial. I get around this by including a lot of herbs in my daily cup of tea. I just dry a bowl of cut herbs, crush up the leaves and store them in a jar. I scoop about a teaspoon of dried herbs into an infuser, and put this into a cup of boiling water. I usually leave the infuser in the cup while I drink the tea and may top up with more hot water a few times during the day. This way I get the benefit of several different herbs in my tea mix.
One other method that I would like to try is to infuse the herbs into honey. Now that we have plenty of fresh raw honey, if I put some rosemary and thyme in a jar and fill with honey, by next winter it will be infused with all the antimicrobial goodness and may be a good remedy for coughs and colds.
Do you use rosemary and thyme? Do you grow them as well?
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