Thyme: An Excellent Source of Iron and Calcium

By Sabrena Salahudeen

This herb, whether fresh or dried, is a must-have in every kitchen. Not only does it lend a delicate scent, it packs a punch as an excellent source of iron, manganese, vitamin K, and a good source of calcium and dietary fiber. The volatile oil, thymol, is known for protecting all cell membranes from damage, especially the cell membranes within the brain, kidneys and heart, which contain high amounts of DHA healthy fats. Thyme essential oil is antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. Thyme should be eaten organically as it is treated with high doses of pesticides during its brief lifespan.

To store fresh thyme, wrap it in a damp paper towel and refrigerate. Dried thyme should be stored in a cool, dry place for up to six months from the day the container is opened.

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