I’m teaming up with Ricola® Herb & Throat drops, as part of a campaign with Socialstars, to bring you this sponsored post all about thyme.
The question is not … “What does thyme do?”. The question is …”What does thyme not do?”. As an ambassador for Ricola Herb & Throat drops, I was recently given the challenge to incorporate thyme into my life, and I found that thyme is one amazing natural herb (in addition to being a great pun, when you have enough thyme to come up with one). Projects like these are such fun learning experiences for me, and one of the million reasons why I love what I do.
What is thyme and what are the benefits of it
Here’s an overview of what I found out about thyme with some quick Internet research:
- Thyme is an herb from the mint family and has several hundred subspecies
- It’s a staple in the kitchen and can be included in tons of recipes for extra flavor
- Thyme has medicinal qualities and is known to lower blood pressure
- Essential oils from thyme leaves can naturally reduce coughing
- Thyme is a good source of vitamins C and A, as well as fiber, iron and magnesium
- Essential oils from thyme have been known to have mood-boosting properties
- Essential oils from thyme have antimicrobial properties for cleaning, and thyme can help preserve the shelf-life of food
- Some of the most popular varieties of thyme are lemon and French
You can purchase fresh sprigs of thyme leaves at the grocery store in the produce department, and I picked up a little bundle for less than $2 this week. You can also buy dried thyme in the spice aisle, which works well too. As a general rule, use more fresh thyme (sprigs) than you do dried thyme (tablespoons) when it comes to recipes, but remember that thyme is pretty fragrant, and it’s totally up to your flavor preference how much and which you choose.
Ways to incorporate thyme into your life
If you want to add extra flavor to your food and get the benefits of thyme, here are a few easy ways to incorporate it in your kitchen …
- Add fresh or dried thyme to pasta sauce, to soups, to stews, as well as to any marinade for extra flavor. I threw some into my pasta last night, and it was particularly delish.
- Coat and season veggies and meat with thyme before cooking. I recently prepared some roasted veggies, topped with a combination of coconut oil, dried thyme and salt and pepper, and they were divine.
- Add fresh or dried thyme to omelets, casseroles or even salads for additional flavoring without increasing the salt. (I happen to love the use of thyme in this salmon dish as well as these salmon burgers.)
- Sprinkle fresh or dried thyme on top of pizza to fancy it up.
And for you and your home …
- Mix thyme leaves, filtered water and kosher salt to make an all-natural mouthwash.
- Use thyme leaves in place of tea-bags for an all-natural soothing hot beverage, paired with lemon or honey when you’re feeling a sore throat coming on.
- Make your own at-home incense by burning thyme leaves.
- Place a sprig of fresh thyme, or a sachet of dried thyme under your pillow to ward off nightmares. (Okay, now this one I need to try??)
I did read that you shouldn’t use thyme for medicinal purposes when pregnant, but there aren’t a lot of other health hazards associated. It’s just a safe and fragrant herb, ready to be used in many ways.
The natural healing powers of herbs is a real thing
With all its medicinal benefits, it’s no wonder that thyme is one of the ingredients used in my beloved Ricola Revitalizing Herb Drops, which are produced by the family-run Ricola company from natural herbs grown in the Swiss alps. These drops give you a little boost of energy, help to support your immunity and are a whole lot of fun to pop in your mouth, with their fizzy effervescent centers.
And by the way, I just found out that you can visit one of six Ricola herb gardens in Switzerland and take a tour of the luscious greens, which sounds just amazing. These aromatic areas are open from May to September, so there’s still thyme to visit this year. (If you want to sponsor my trip so I can share Instagram photos and pick you up a souvenir, just let me know.)
There you have it. I think that’s enough talk about herbs today. Moral of the story? When in doubt, add some thyme. I hope you learned something new, as I did when writing this post. Have a lovely day!
*Disclaimer: As part of a Socialstars campaign, this post in sponsored by Ricola. I’ve really enjoyed learning about this family-owned Swiss company, its rich history and the product line available throughout this campaign. So thanks Ricola. However, please know that all the thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. For more information on Ricola, you can visit Ricola on Facebook or on Twitter.
Questions of the day
Do you ever incorporate thyme into your life?
What’s your favorite at-home remedy?
(If you have a recipe using thyme that you’d like to share, please do so below.)