Rosemary and Thyme - herbs that don't just taste good but do good.
Rosemary and Thyme are two of nature’s most important herbs for a number of reasons. Not only do they give off a pleasant fragrance, they have a plethora of medical applications. Used since ancient times, these herbs are finding their way back in homes as alternatives for modern medicine.
You might have noticed thyme from your mum’s culinary herbs, but this evergreen herb boasts excellent medicinal properties. Rosemary, on the other hand, has found its purpose in the culinary world, horticulture and is praised for its immense health benefits. So, let’s find out how these two herbs can benefit you in your daily life.
All You Need To Know About Rosemary
Rosemary belongs to the mint family Lamiaceae, and is native to the Mediterranean. The herb is rich in iron, calcium and vitamin B6. It adds taste to dishes like roast vegetables, chicken and lamb (try using it on a steak!). At a glance, the herb is composed of fine pointed leaves with a streak of pink, purple, white or blue flowers. It is typically known to blossom during spring but has a propensity, if happy, to flower outside its flowering season as well.
Hailed as the “Dew of the Sea”, the herb had been a favorite among Romans, Greeks, Egyptians and Hebrews who incorporated it in their cuisine. In terms of nutrition, a freshly picked rosemary plant is filled with vitamins, thiamin, folate and minerals. The herb is also high in dietary fiber, which keeps blood pressure in check.
Health benefits of Rosemary – Why Should You Cultivate This Plant?
Here are some of the health benefits associated with Rosemary:
- Hair Growth
Do you want to accelerate hair growth and are low on self-esteem? Well, rosemary might just save the day for you. The high nutritional value and anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for promoting hair growth and delay grayness. Its analgesic properties sooth inflamed scalps and stimulate hair growth. Rosemary oil is widely used by individuals who aspire to have thick and lustrous hair. One of the reasons it features heavily in our Organic Shampoo Bars.
Some scientists even consider it to be more efficacious than minoxidil to treat alopecia (baldness). So, if you are faced with the daunting prospect of growing or sustaining hair, you might want to try Rosemary oil.
- Improves Brain Function and Memory
Not many people know that the aroma from rosemary is known to enhance a person’s concentration, mood, performance and alertness. Its ingredients serve as a cognitive stimulant. Perfect for exam season or if you need to focus on a project.
- Prevents Aging
In connection with the last point, Rosemary has been shown to potentially thwart the growth of agents responsible for diseases like Alzheimer’s and Dementia as published in a report (see below).
- Rosemary for Skin
If you are on a quest to have that soft, glistening skin, then look no further than Rosemary oil. Again, the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil reduce puffiness of the skin as well as healing burns and providing a cool, soothing effect.
- Neurological Bulwark
Rosemary is hailed by scientists as a defensive wall to neurological impairments due to the presence of an ingredient called ‘carnosic acid’, which wards off radicals in the brain.
All You Need To Know About Thyme
Thyme is an important herb for a variety of reasons. The Greeks loved it for its incense properties while the Egyptians used it to embalm their dead ones. In today’s world, people commonly today use it to add new dimensions to their culinary exploits. However, that is not all it can do!
This herb is over 4 centuries old and is best cultivated in hot weather with well-drained soil. Just like Rosemary, Thyme comes from the mint family Lamiaceae and is native to Mediterranean.
Health Benefits of Thyme
Here are some of the most important health benefits of this ancient herb: -
- Excellent for Skin
Thyme possesses excellent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which helps to remove acne and leave a soothing effect on the skin. The herb is widely touted as the natural replacement to cosmetic facial creams and exfoliates.
- Controls Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a slow killer and is one of the leading causes of death today. A study (below), found that thyme reduced heart rate in rats and lower their cholesterol levels. More research is needed to back this up but one thing is for sure; it would be a tasty alternative.
- An Indomitable Immune System
One of the most noteworthy features of thyme is that it is packed with essential vitamins like vitamin A and C, which help boost your immune system. It is also abundant in copper, fiber, iron and manganese.
- Thyme to Get in Shape
Are you beginning to put on extra weight and fear getting a muffin top? Then it is about ‘thyme’ (sorry) you use the herb to lose weight. The anti-inflammatory and anti-hyperglycemic effects of thyme are excellent to help with metabolism.
- Protects from Cancer
A study (below) has demonstrated that Thyme is mighty effective as an agent to prevent cancer – more specifically, colon cancer.
So next time you see rosemary or thyme in the garden or supermarket - think about the superpowers these herbs have, not just making food taste great.
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