Once Upon A Thyme
Listerine(R) and Thyme, here's the connection.
Keep some thyme available, you just never know when it might come in handy.
From the embalmers in Egypt, to the temple workers in Ancient Greece, to the maidens wishing their knights strength and courage, to the wife giving her husband Listerine(R) mouthwash for Fathers Day, the common connection is the spice Thyme and its oil Thymol.
Chances are that you are more likely to have had it as a fairly mild flavoring in a soup or stew, or with some lamb cooked Middle Eastern style (they and the French use it widely in other dishes, too.)
Health-wise it has many uses attributed to its therapeutic properties, the major ones being (in alphabetical order: Acute Bronchitis, Congested Lungs, disorders related to Digestion (including gas), Gout, simple Headaches, soothing Laryngitis, Sciatica, some problems of the Throat, as well as the now relatively rare Whooping Cough, and less rare Worms.
For cooking applications (a sneaky way to get some thyme applied to any of those health problems, including lowering cholesterol) you can use fresh thyme, of which there are several varieties of this perennial, or dried thyme...which keeps its value well beyond the 5-7 days of fresh thyme, and at the same time add a pleasant, light fragrance to the family kitchen.
If you don't already have thyme in your herb garden, now is the time to add thyme. It will grow in your kitchen window, in a flower box on your balcony, or in a permanent corner of any garden. You might even try the various varieties of this favored herb which has been used anciently and today for over 50 health conditions including asthma and lowering fevers.
And remember, most modern medicines originate from the discovered medicinal uses of herbs and spices. Thyme is an herb used as a spice and is also respected for its medicinal properties.
If you like to give friends plants, remember this: "There is no present like the Thyme."
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