Thyme is an incredible plant that you can enjoy guilt-free on the Paleo diet, or in other words, it is completely natural, easy to grow in your own garden and more importantly, delicious to add into your meals! It is certainly a herb that is worthy of your attention, and you’ll definitely agree once you take the time to read the following information!
The Spirit of Thyme
Since close to the beginning of time, Thyme has been changing the way in which people live. The name comes from ‘Thymus’ which is a Greek word that meals soul or spirit which fits because this herb isn’t only used in the kitchen, and has long been associated with burial practices which date back to the ancient Greece era. In Egypt, the oil of thyme was used to preserve corpses from decaying. The English folklore for thyme says that bringing wild thyme into your house will bring death or illness… which clearly isn’t the case because it is now one of the most popular herbs used in the kitchen.
Weird Cures of Thyme
The weird associations with thyme don’t end there. Throughout history, the herb was often used to give people a backbone and courage. Highland Scots created drink mixtures wild thyme with the belief that it would make them more courageous. It was also used to make soups and beer (odd combination), but it was believed to treat someone who suffered from shyness. Truthfully, it was probably the beer that provided the people with liquid courage, more so than the thyme but to each their own.
Varieties of Thyme
With more than 400 species of thyme, you certainly have your choice of selection. This herb comes in a mix of evergreen perennials, woody shrubs that have pink, purple or white flowers, and spikes! Some are tall shrubs, some are small, some have tiny leaves, and others have pedals. Thyme herb plants are commonly found in the Mediterranean region, but regardless of the location, the plant seems to grow lush. All it needs is a lot of sunshine and well-drained soil. Some of the most commonly grown thyme plants include; French or Common Thyme, Red Creeping Thyme, Lemon Thyme and Caraway Thyme.
Grow Your Thyme
As mentioned, you can grow thyme in your house regardless of where you are located, as long as the plant will receive a sufficient amount of sun and will have well-drained soil. If you want to indulge in this greenery opportunity for your palate, plant your thyme in the front of your garden beds. Not only with this provide a decorative border but it tends to offer the best potential for growth. You can also pair thyme with ornamental bulbs because their stalks will push through the plant and bloom and die off before thyme even begins to grow which is in the late spring. It spreads slowly, so thyme is very low-maintenance. You just have to be consistent with the watering during the first year but other than that, it can handle almost all drought conditions. As a bonus tip, remove less-productive, older wood as it will render the plants survival rate which could be detrimental to your growing success, but since thyme grows from the seed, its pretty impossible to ruin it’s potential. Just remember that it does grow horizontally though.
Harvest Your Thyme
When it is time to harvest your delicious, lush thyme plants, just clip them. The good thing is that thyme can be clipped any time you want to add some flavor to your foods. However, they tend to take best before they bloom in the early summer. By adding this herb into your meals, you’ll reap the benefits of a hearty flavor for all kinds of things such as soups, marinades and sauces.
Other Odd Uses
Thyme doesn’t fall short in any department, so you can only imagine the wide range of additional uses of this herb. It is actually a key ingredient in two traditional herb mixes within the French cuisine; garni and herbes de Provence. Lemon thyme, which is a variety mentioned previously is often paired with chicken dishes or added to herbal vinegar! There’s another Paleo option for you to try. Since thyme is also a source of thymol, it offers oral-hygiene due to its antioxidant and antibacterial properties. As a result, it is also used as an antispasmodic and an expectorant which are basically put into a variety of herbal teas which help soothe a cough or upper respiratory problems. You can also purchase it just as an essential oil which gives you a ridiculous amount of other uses for it. Beekeepers even use thyme and will often plant it near the hives because it is believed that when bees eat thyme produce, they produce even higher quality of honey. Thyme also helps the sting of a bee, so it only makes sense to plant it conveniently beside the hive, right?
Thyme is basically one of the best things anyone can have in their garden. You will find so many uses for it, well outside of your kitchen, but that is certainly one of the best places to sprinkle some thyme. Plus, it is completely low maintenance so there is really no reason for you not to grow thyme. Plant, water and sun and reap all the benefits that follow.