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Growing Thyme in Your Garden

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Hundreds of savory dishes, from soup to eggs, are made better with the heady aroma of thyme, and some varieties already have flavors, such as lime, nutmeg, caraway and coconut, to enhance whatever you’re preparing
  • Highly esteemed in many areas of the world, thyme has been used for protection, prevention and treatment for such problems as sore throat, food poisoning, aching muscles, bad breath and even more serious diseases such as cancer
  • Thyme gets its effectiveness from the volatile and essential oils thymol, carvacrol, borneol and geraniol, which combine to give thyme its antiseptic, antimicrobial and antibiotic properties

By Dr. Mercola

When someone decides to begin growing an herb garden, thyme is one of the most often-chosen herbs, in part because it's very useful in a number of dishes to create depth and complexity. It's becoming more and more clear how beneficial thyme is to health and, serendipitously, as a perennial thyme reappears year after year. There are several thyme varieties that are delicious in a range of dishes from soup to eggs, bruschetta and in savory sauces and salad dressings.


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