Thursday, October 18, 2018

What are the uses of thyme leaves?

Thyme is commonly used as a culinary herb and is characterized by its volatile oil containing Thymus vulgaris L. and Thymus zygis L. (Labiatae/Lamiaceae).

Thyme leaves are terribly little, usually 2.5 to 5 mm long and vary significantly in form and hair covering, depending on the variety, with every species having a rather completely different scent. T. vulgaris leaves are oval to rectangular in form and somewhat fleshy aerial components are used for volatile oil production, principally by steam distillation.

Thyme is herbaceous plant of the platoon species, grows in mountainous areas, used as a beverage instead of or with tea, added to some food to give it an acceptable flavour, the plant is used in folk medicine frequently where it is prescribed to treat mouth infections, stomach, intestine and airways, coughing and gastroenteritis and expel intestinal worms, as well as to strengthen the heart.

Thyme also is often a key ingredient in poultry seasoning for chicken and turkey as well as other dishes with fish and meats. It is commonly found in sauces, marinades, sausages, and soups as a flavoring ingredient.

Extracts from Thyme have been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of several respiratory diseases like asthma and bronchitis and for the treatment of other pathologies thanks to several properties such as antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitussive antimicrobial, antifungal, antioxidative, and antiviral.
What are the uses of thyme leaves?
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