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As Spring has come slowly into its season, its surprising how this amazing herb just rises up from the garden, to reveal itself. It has so many benefits that we are not even aware of.

Lemon Thyme contains an active principle that known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

Thyme contains thymol, one of the most important essential oils, it has been found scientifically to have an antiseptic, and anti fungal characteristics. The other volatile oils in thyme include, caracole, borneol, and geraniol.

Thyme contains many flavonoid antioxidants. Fresh thyme herb has one of the highest antioxidants levels among herbs, packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health, its leaves are one of the richest sources of potassium, iron, calcium manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manatees is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide distaste, Iron is required for red blood cell formation.

Thym herb is also a rich source of many important vitamins such as B-complex, beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, and folic acid.

Adding thyme to your ingredients also provides vitamin B6, which is a daily intake, providing pyridoxine keeps up GABA beneficial neurotransmitter in the brain levels, which has a role as a stress buster.

Vitamin C helps the body to develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and antioxidant that is required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids like vitamin A and beta-carotene helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.

Thyme leaves offer significant levels of nutrient and provides the daily recommended intake (100 grams) Always eat fresh herbs and add them to your favourite meals. Herbs do not need a long time to cook, they only need a few minutes to activate the minerals and vitamins into the food, therefore nourishing our wellbeing and aiding in our health, when we chop the lemon thyme and add it to our food, it releases the nutrients to activate well being for our health, slowly stimulating our body and releasing the nutrition.

Just breathing into this magical lemon thyme herbs opens up our senses and we feel such gratitude for this amazing herb, and for a moment we just enjoy what nature has given us.

Remember that moderation is the key and always consult your dietician.

See you in my kitchen. Carmela

Carmela D’Amore

Carmela D’Amore

Carmela D’Amore is an International Sicilian chef, the daughter and granddaughter of Sicilian migrants, with over 45 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Ambassador to Sicilian food and culture, a published International author of over 3 books, currently the executive chef of Sorrento Trattoria, an Italian Restaurant situated in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula.