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Once Upon A Thyme

Updated on May 22, 2012

Listerine(R) and Thyme, here's the connection.

Thyme on my hands
Thyme on my hands | Source

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."


© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Great hub. I just did one on how to create a Scratch and Sniff Bee and Butter Fly garden, and Thyme was on the list. Great herb. Use it all the time. It is a great anti-fungal herb. Voted up.

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      cynthtggt 5 years ago from New York, NY

      I just finished dinner where I had thyme on my chicken. Herbs are so important, and glad to see that I know of someone who recognizes how pharmaceuticals are made from from herbs - but combined with chemicals that often lets one feel the benefits of herbs but only for a short while. I buy dry herbs. One day I will grow my own.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I am in the process of growing an herb garden, and I need to get thyme seeds. Thanks for the reminder!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good information here about thyme, it can certainly add flavour!

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      I think I will try using some thyme on some chicken. Vote up for the useful hub!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I thank all my thyme=ly friends for reading, pondering, and replying. Five votes from the five of you, so far.

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Great hub, I use all kinds of herbs for healing and cooking. I love reading up on them and finding out about their capabilities as well as their taste. Thank you for sharing.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      cherylone: You are one of the smart ones! If we are what we eat, why not eat healthy? Nobody ever thinks they will have gallstones or kidney stones, and there are things we can all do to avoid them. A little wisdom can prevent a dreat deal of pain and expense. Maybe we are just not smart enough to know that, and don't want to be Thanks for commenting.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      What is going to be planted in your own herb garden this year? Here's hoping you can find the Thyme.

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      Demas W Jasper 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Note: If you reached this Hub hoping to find my article "Once Upon A Throne" (any of the five parts) the website removed it for lack of traffic. Leave a comment and I will see what I can do to get you a copy. It is about to be published as a hardcover and ebook, and may be made into a film.

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      Demas W Jasper 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      You can now find "Once Upon A Throne" by looking for it as "Biographical: Once Upon A Throne Part I" etc.

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