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Thyme is a very popular and well known culinary herb. It is a very
decorative plant while it is growing and is also very easy to grow as
well but be prepared because bees just love Thyme. Many people use Thyme
in stews, salads, meats, soups, and vegetables. Thyme is a very common
household herb and is a member of the mint family. The plant is very
aromatic and comes in many varieties. Thyme is a frequently used herb in
many fish dishes. Oddly enough as much as honey bees love to suck the
nectar from the Thyme plant is as much as other insects loathe it. Some
people have been known to make a mist spray of Thyme and water and use it
as a bug repellent.

Various forms of Thyme are available year round but many people prefer to
grow their own. Nothing beats the smell and taste of fresh Thyme as long
as you know to pick it just as the flowers appear. Once fresh Thyme is
harvested it should be stored in either a plastic bag in the crisper or
stood straight up in a glass of water on the shelf in the refrigerator
for easy access.

The bad news, fresh Thyme does not have a very long shelf life, you will
be lucky if it last a week. If you have selected fresh Thyme and decide
to dry it then simply hang it upside down in a warm and dry atmosphere
for about a week to ten days. Then you can crumble it into a powdery form
and stored in a sealed dark container for no more than six months. You
want to eliminate the stems as they have a tendency to have a woody taste
to them.

Thyme has some medicinal purposes as well as an antiseptic, an
expectorant, and deodorant properties as well. When combined with fatty
meats Thyme has been known to aid in digestion too, especially with lamb,
pork, and duck. Herbal medicine has used Thyme for various things such as
extracts, teas, compresses, for baths, and for gargles. More modern
medicine has chimed in and verified that Thyme just might strengthen the
immune system.

Distilled Thyme oils have been used for the commercial use of
antiseptics, toothpaste, mouthwash, gargle, hair conditioner, dandruff
shampoo, potpourri, and insect repellant. It is also used in the
production of certain expectorants that are prescribed for whooping cough
and bronchitis. Thyme has also been used in part as an aphrodisiac and in
aromatherapy oils as well.

If by some chance you are in the middle of cooking recipes that calls for
Thyme and you find that you are out do not fret, it is said that you can
use a pinch of oregano as a substitute if you have to. Thyme is very
often used when cooking European cuisine but is essential for the correct
preparation of French foods as it has that faint lemony taste to it. It
has also been said that Thyme is one of the only herbs that a cook can
not over season with because the flavor is so mild. Thyme is a primary
spice that everyone should have stocked in their pantry.

				
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