Today I will discuss the last two items on the list of healing herbs and spices; Thyme and Turmeric. Passed down to us by our forefathers and countless generations throughout the world, the 15 food additives and enhancers as discussed, are just a selected few herbs and spices that are currently known to have medicinal and beneficial properties, yet represent the more commonly used. By including these herbs and spices into your daily cooking or diet on a regular basis, you will greatly enhance your quality of life, and reduce the need for those expensive, and often damaging pharmaceutical drugs.
Thyme has what I would describe as a ‘vigorous’ flavour, almost peppery in character, and is for foods that can carry strong flavours. It is also one of the essential herbs in the mixture herbes de Provence, along with savoury, bay leaves, and rosemary. It is always included in a bouquet garni. Thyme is usually cooked with the food rather than being added at the end, although the new shoots of lemon thyme can be added to salads. Thyme finds itself being tested for everything from its antibiotic principals to its volatile oil. Some researchers say it can kill bacteria in 40 seconds.
14. THYME – Thyme contains thymol, which increases blood-flow to the skin. The warmth is comforting, and some herbalists believe that the increased blood-flow speeds healing. An anti-spasmodic. Thyme relaxes respiratory muscles and is endorsed for treating bronchitis by Commission E, the expert panel that judges the safety and effectiveness of herbal medicines for the German government. Aroma therapists say that thyme’s scent is a mood lifter. It is antiseptic and antibacterial, soothing sore throats, coughs, colds, allergic rhinitis, hay fever, back pain, aches and pains, poor digestion, scabies and lice, ringworm and thrush, athletes foot, chest ailments, in particular asthma and bronchitis, hangovers, insomnia and poor circulation. Thyme also stimulates the body’s production of white blood corpuscles to resist infection. Thyme has antiseptic, expectorant and antispasmodic properties. It soothes fungal and inflammatory conditions and is now claimed as one of the anti-ageing herbs.
Thyme goes with: Bay leaves, chicken, fish, garlic, lamb, lemons, mustard, olive oil, onions, orange zest, parsley, rabbit, rosemary, tomatoes, venison,…..
We now move onto turmeric, the last in the list of 15 healing herbs and spices. Much loved and favoured in Indian and Asian cooking and is essential in the making of curry powder. Turmeric is a rhizome related to the ginger family, it is bright orange when fresh and becomes a vibrant yellow with drying. dried and ground turmeric is a common ingredient in Asian cooking, providing a brilliant yellow colour and musky flavour. 15. TURMERIC – iIt is only during the last two decades that turmeric’s therapeutic actions have been researched and understood. There has been an upurge of interest in foods that have health benefits like lowering high cholesterol, cancer prevention or that have anti-inflammatory actions, and turmeric does all of that. Many clinical studies agree that curcumin in turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects, including a significant beneficial effect in relieving rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Curcumin, which gives this spice its familiar yellow pigment, may also lower cholesterol. Turmeric is also packed with antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, and E, which have been shown to prevent cataracts.
Turmeric goes with: curries, curried eggs, lentils, beans, rice dishes, vegetable dishes like brinjals (eggplant), & green peppers, meat dishes, savoury dishes.
And so ends this little project, the content which I hope you have all enjoyed reading. This will also be my last posting for a little while. Thanks to everyone who added their own snippets of information to this topic.
Until next time…. xxx