There are several herbs that I grow in my garden; garlic, sage, rosemary, thyme, italian parsley and oregano. All of these herbs have their health benefits, but in this post I will focus on the two I use the least; thyme and rosemary. These are the herbs that I would like to find more uses for.
Thyme is an herb that I really enjoy the flavor of, but I don’t use very often cooking. Thyme has some good health benefits; it contains an important chemical compound called Thymol, which is a strong anti-microbial compound. Thymol, which is also found in oregano, kills bacteria and fungus, like Candida. Many of the strong flavors that we enjoy in herbs are because of strong chemical compounds in the plants that often have anti-microbial properties. Herbs, therefore, weren’t added just because of their flavors. They were also added to dishes because they protected us from disease; i.e. they are medicines.
Thyme has other health benefits, as well. It is also a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese.
Like thyme, rosemary has strong anti-microbial compounds; rosmarinic acid and carnosic acid. Rosmarinic acid is also found in oregano, sage and thyme. Carnosic acid is also in sage. You can start to see how these herbs are related and have related health benefits. Rosemary is also a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Calcium, Iron and Manganese, similar to thyme.
In order to work these into my diet more, I am working on some sauce recipes that I will share in future posts. Working on, because many of the sauce recipes I have found are full of butter and cream. I want to replace those with the good fats, I mentioned in an earlier post. For an example, check out the Herb Farm’s Terrific Tomato Sauce recipe at the herbaltouch.com. I will be providing updates, recipes and reviews in future posts, but for now that wraps up my foodie adventure. Stay tuned and Salute!
thyme photo by Poppet with a Camera, rosemary photo by Anthony Thompson